This is the blanket that somehow came under my radar into existence.
silver grey trim
wool my sister sent me in a care package
|ta da a king size blanket|
A couple of months ago I had no project on the horizon. No real way to get wool quickly and was slightly nervous about the possible prospect of boredom.
On one of our days out ( we were lost again) we drove past a store with wool .
The first I had seen. Nick thought we had run over something when I yelled to stop. The colours were great but it was mohair. I had never worked with it maybe it would be scratch and require great skill. The colours seduced me I gathered 4 stood clutching my money. No so easy. if I wanted to buy I had to visit the factory. After explaining 4 kids in the car and no time they would not let me buy...
A week or two later we passed the shop again . I just thought i would give it another go. Sure enough $9 a roll ( each roll is 1kg) I grabbed only one and ran before anyone could change their mind. Up until then the crochet had always been a little wobbly on the sides a problem that was driving me crazy. I thought I would just practice making large squares to solve the issue. then some more to keep up the skills. seemed a waste not to turn it into something. we were doing fractions so I divided some into half and others I doubled.
I can't work to a pattern ( I don't know how to read them) .
The indonesian ladies here would see me crocheting and wanted to watch and see what was being made. Did I sell them? I tried explaining the hourly rate etc but it did not translate at all. Time is not money here. So the blanket became an experiment.
What is a product worth? not that this is for sale if you don't count hours
Cost or outlay $9
The only time I worked on it was when watching the kids in a pool. During schooling, there is a lot of time just waiting. It helps to keep me patient if I am doing something else. Chatting at night. All times when nothing else could have been done anyway. So is this time? Imagine the therapy I may have needed if I was bored?
Busy hands can let me have time to think and leads to other things - samples I can't wait to share.
Many ideas were thought about and samples tested for future products. The way I have thought about them is changing. I think there will be room for a lot more handmade in our range. Production maybe a little slower and the quantities less. There will be no wastage.
Customers will know their item has been thought about and is unique.
I met and talked to many locals during this time all interested in what I was doing
The enjoyment of handmade has far outweighed the planning of items in recent ranges.
The future is looking bright and very hands on.
I am extraordinarily proud of this and I can not explain why.
Holly has already given me 3 reasons why it should be used by her this evening. In bali?? A king size blanket