Friday, 9 July 2010

My World Cup Blanket


The World Cup isn't really about soccer. It's about making things in all that extra time you have to spend in front of the tv, watching soccer.


I used this pattern (which I can only find in Afrikaans, sorry). After gathering all the bits of mohair I've ever been given, red and a truly strange mottled soapy green emerged as the dominant colours. Oh well....


In a vain attempt at structure, I made the centre of each block red, and let loose with whatever other colour combination was at hand. Some worked well, others not so well, but that wasn't the point. I ran out of some colours early on, and started sewing blocks together as soon as there were enough to cover my knees, so the middle of the blanket is a lot more blue than the edges.

But look how fluffy and warm!

It's not finished yet, but I have until Sunday. I'm out of everything but pink and mottled green. So that will be the border. Yep.

14 comments:

Michelle Engel Bencsko said...

Fun! Thanks for the pattern, too :)

mashadutoit said...

What an excellent idea :)
And it looks really excellent. One of a kind.

Billy said...

I love how it´s turning out!

(don´t get me started on my world cup project!!! :D)

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Love it! Your blankie looks so comfy-cozy and warm!

Carina said...

Oooohh, fluffy! :-)

Looks like the African flower hexagon..

Cate said...

That green seems to be a popular color for mohair. I got 3 skeins of it from a flea market in Ireland for a few cents. I kept thinking I'd dye it, but I ended up giving it away. I wonder if it eventually made its way around the world.

Freshly Found said...

It is beautiful! What a good idea to have a specific 'world cup' project like that. I have done a lot of different bits of hand work during the world cup and am going to miss it now that it's almost over.

Tracey said...

Now I wish I'd thought of a world cup project. Lucy at attic24 has a hexagon tutorial in English if you are interested.

Tracey said...

Sorry, forgot the address;
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/hexagon-howto.html

Hélène Magnússon said...

So funny, only 5 mn ago I was looking at all the projects made from this pattern on Ravery!: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-flower-hexagon

And PS, the pattern is there in English: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ElizabethCat/african-flower-hexagon

Pinktulip said...

Wow! What a great blanket! Love the colors. Mohair? Would never have thought to use it for a blanket, but it looks awesome and must feel great too. I also did a lot of knitting and crochet in front of the TV watching soccer games!

Kat said...

I think what you call your 'vain attempt at structure' has really worked - the red centres make all the colours hang together beautifully. Nice.

Pink Peonies said...

well actually I love how the colours have turned out!

lorrwill said...

I was hoping for symbols but sigh, there are none.

So I tried to use the Google Translator for this pattern. Oh.My.Gosh. is it not a very good translation.