For my first post, I really have to talk about my first love, don’t I?
We were still travelling and I was trying to decide on a present for my parents’ Ruby Wedding anniversary, and as anyone on long term travel, money was pretty tight. I decided I wanted to give them a handmade gift and after a bazillion Google searches, I found lookatwhatimade.net and Dedri’s incredible design; Sophie’s Universe.
I’m always on to try and run before I can walk, and looking through the posts and seeing the videos which accompany the project, I knew I wanted to try. I had made scarves, hats and a poncho before, so I was OK with my tension and basic stitches.
I remember sitting in our rented apartment in Gozo, working out yardage and converting colours and finally ordering 33 skeins of Stylecraft Aran. I was also so grateful to be gifted a copy of Dedri’s book, which saved me from printing out and having to carry so much paper. What I did underestimate was the size of the delivery and as I collected my parcel from the UK, three-quarters of my bag was filled with yarn!
One of my favourite things about this project was that it visited 5 countries on our travels and holds so many memories. It was such a lovely blanket to hand over to my mum and dad and now has pride of place on their bed.
If this is a pattern you are thinking of starting, all I can say is go for it! If you know the basic stitches and your tension is consistent, you will be able to cope with this one. The pattern is broken down into 18 parts and each one is clearly written with photos and if you get stuck, the videos will get you through.
The colours I used for this were all Stylecraft Special Aran and I ordered: Emperor (x3), Cream (x13), Cloud Blue (x2), Plum (x2), Raspberry (x3), Aspen (x2), Spice (x2), Teal (x2), Khaki (x4) and Meadow (x2). This should also give you enough to complete the optional extra squares and Betty’s Beautiful Border – I ended up not doing those, as I ran out of time. If you find Khaki too dark, you could use Meadow there and order Saffron to replace Meadow in the list above.
One of my favourite photos of my Sophie has to be with the hashtag Scenic Sophie. I carried this blanket around Siem Riep to Angor Wat to take this one:
It really was such an incredible journey, both for my crochet skills and my backpack! If you were in two minds whether to start, I really hope this post will spur you on.
Until next time, happy hooking!