I have been fascinated with t-shirt yarn for some time, and bought some back in January with a view to making a blanket for the cat. It proved trickier than I had expected, and the cat had selected her bed before I got anywhere, but I am working towards finishing a long treatment at the moment and was thinking about a thank you present for the community that has supported me through it. I wanted to make something for one of the treatment rooms, and settled on a rug.
We are surrounded here in Bucks by the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (at least, so long as it’s not driven through by a high-speed train, but that’s another story). I was drawn to the idea of a ripple blanket – like the peaks of the hills – made in t-shirt yarn to be about 1.5m in diameter, and chose to use the 12-point Rainbow Ripple Blanket (Ravelry). I spent a bit of time in my stash and at Hobbycraft selecting just the right colours of Boodles to represent the Chilterns; grey for flint, two greens for the woodland and fields, two blues for the sky and water, and a white chalk border.
|The Chilterns ripple rug: flint, water, fields, sky, woodland and chalk
Pattern, Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket (c) Celeste Young
The process of making a gift is always tied up in enjoyment and worry for me. I always worry about the recipient, and how they will react. In this project, I’ve also found the time I spent working was a good time to reflect on what this period of treatment has meant for me, and how I’m going to move on. Ending with a craft project gave me time to think that I might otherwise have not made space for.
If I were to make it again, I would probably choose an even bigger crochet hook, to try and avoid it folding in on itself.