Thursday, 4 September 2014

Blue blanket, ceramic poppies

At last, the blue blanket is done just in time for Alice to take it with her to uni.  I don't know why it took so long, stitching the squares together seemed to take an age, but I'm pleased with the result.


There was no time left for blocking, but that can be done another time and Alice is pleased with it, which is the main thing.

The blanket is made up of simple crochet grannies and garter stitch knitted squares.  (For the flower in the centre of the granny squares I used Kate's tutorial here.)

And finished with a plain double crochet edge and a flowerhouse flower.

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On Sunday we went to see the evolving art installation of ceramic poppies in the moat of the Tower of London, which marks the centenary of the outbreak of, and British involvement in, the First World War. The poppies, of which there will be a total of 888,246, will encircle the Tower.  Each poppy represents a British military life lost during the First World War.

You can find out more about the Tower of London poppies here.  

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post and welcome to new followers. 

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x


  1. What an incredible sight, and so moving. I have seen the odd photo on blogland but nothing to compare with what you have captured here Jane. It is an amazing project.
    Alice's blanket has turned out beautifully! I love the little white centres on the crochet squares, like little twinkling stars in a night sky. How lovely for Alice too, to have that to snuggle up in and remind her of you and home - and, if I remember rightly, it'll match the blue with white stars jimmies that you all made together?
    Take care and see you soon
    Gill xx

    1. Yes, it's an amazing sight and knowing that each poppy represents a life lost makes you appreciate the enormity and impact of the First World War - I felt really tearful. It's well worth the trip, I think I may go back nearer to Remembrance Day when all the poppies will have been installed. Jxx

  2. Your blanket is lovely! I really like the combination of the crochet and knitting, very unusual. I haven't seen the poppies in person, but every time I see them on a blog it is noticeable how many more there are. xx

  3. What a gorgeous blanket - Alice must be thrilled. I made one for Charlotte when she left for university and it was so reassuring to think that if ever she needed a cuddle she could snuggle up in it! She's been working at the Tower over the Summer and telling us just how incredible those poppies look. Have a lovely weekend x Jane

  4. Oh Jane - Alice's blanket is absolutely perfect, I love it ! The colours are beautiful and don't all the different textures work so well together - so worth all the hard work. Alice has a ready made 'home hug' to take with her.
    And your photo's of the Tower of London are just stunning, completely breathtaking, Gill is right, you have captured them beautifully.
    Have a great weekend,
    Kate x

  5. Hi Jane,

    Your blanket has turned out lovely and I hope your daughter will enjoy using it. The Poppies are great aren't they I'm hoping we will be able to make a trip to see them before November.


  6. The poppies are quite a sight, and very moving. It's hard to comprehend the scale of the loss. I love your blanket, it's wonderful. The combination of knitting and crochet is great, it's not something I've seen before and I really like it. No doubt Alice loves it.

  7. Hello, your blanket is beautiful the colours the pattern but the best bit it is filled with love, so if Alice ever gets homesick she has the blanket to hug....I love it!
    The poppies are astounding too..
    bestest Daisy j x

  8. Your blanket is gorgeous, such a lovely one for your daughter to enjoy while away from home too. Thank you for sharing the poppy pictures, they are amazing. Happy September, Jane.
    Helen xox

  9. Beautiful blanket! I love all your pics!

  10. Wow what a gorgeous blanket, thanks for sharing the pics of the Poppies

  11. Your blanket is gorgeous! My daughter has just been to the Tower and was trying to explain the installation to me. Your wonderful photos have really brought it to life! What an incredibly moving sight! x

  12. What a beautiful blanket! I love the way you mixed knitting and crochet together so seamlessly, it's wonderful. And I don't think it needs blocking to be honest, it looks fine.

    I bet is was amazing seeing those poppies. They have such a huge impact, very powerful. x

  13. Your blanket is gorgeous - I love the combination of knitted and crocheted squares. I too wish to see the poppies - an amazing, thought provoking idea
    Caz xx

  14. Gorgeous, gorgeous blanket! And aren't the poppies fabulous!!

  15. Beautiful blanket, love the combo of knitted and crocheted square such a great idea. It gives is such texture. Those poppies look spectacular, you have captured it so well