Sometimes it’s a great idea to ask your kids what they think you should make next and sometimes it backfires, big time.
I made the mistake of asking my girls if they would like it if I made them a blanket each. I told them that it could be their own choice, unique to them. Of course they said yes and then promptly told me what sort of blankets they would like. The youngest requested spirals. Spirals! Once my brain had recovered from the panic of wondering how I was going to do spirals I naturally said yes, of course you can have spirals.
Hmmmm. Spirals. How shall I do spirals. Hmmmmm. Spirals. (This is how I spent the next day or so, pondering spirals).
After several attempts, and lots of frogging, I finally had a spiral in a square and a set of colours chosen by my 5 year old that would hopefully work. All I had to do now was create 23 more spirals!
I must admit, it doesn’t look very good does it.
Since then, I have been spiralling everywhere.
Spirals in the cafe, with coffee and cake.
(This is my favourite type of spiral)
Spirals at the sports hall during my kids gymnastics lessons. (It makes the lessons go really quick)
Spirals sat at my desk, when I am supposed to be working. (ooops)
Spirals in the pub. (Why not?)
Spirals sat on the sofa at home. (This is where most of them get done. I don’t actually have that much of a social life)
Spirals in a coffee shop. Again.
I think you probably get the idea by now that I have been doing spirals everywhere I have been recently.
I have been trying to get one done everyday, so that it didn’t become a burden and I still had time for other projects.
My youngest was pretty pleased last week with how her spirals were looking. Everytime I add to the pile she lays them all out on the floor. She says she is planning how they are going to fit together. Hmmm.
Four weeks later and I have a large pile of square spirals. Now begins the bit that I don’t really feel like doing – sewing them all together. Grrrrrr.
We laid them all out on the bed, trying to arrange them in such a way that meant all the colours were evenly spread out. This is trickier than you might imagine. Then, after a little deliberation I decided to use the slip stitch method to join all the squares together. It gives a nice neat edge to all the squares and is fairly quick. (Always a good thing).
Once they were all joined together, all that remained was the edging. Several rounds of edging as it turned out, but nevermind, I thought it finished it off nicely and sometimes it’s worth putting a bit of extra effort into the edging on a large blanket.
Here it is, the finished blanket. My daughter loves it and has used it on her bed every night. I was worth the effort I reckon.
If you’re interested in creating your own spiral blanket, then the pattern is available on Etsy: