my first block

I was SO inspired by this GORGEOUS blanket, I decided I had to have one. I don't have $990 to spend on a blanket, so I'm gonna make my own. My goal is 1 block a week. More if I can...

I got this awesome book at the library, and I made my wonderfully patient and loving husband look at ALL the blocks with me to choose the one he liked best.

He liked this one. #189 (sorry, the picture is upside down!)

It's called "Willow"

I decided to do blues, greens, browns, and cherry, with natural wool as the border on all of them... so each block will have brown/tan/cherry in the middle, and a blue/green/teal color next, then white on the outside...

like this:

I realized after wetting and pinning that I should have sewn in the ends first... oops.

oh well, given that this will take about 3 years (averaging 1/week), I think I'll have time to hide the ends and reblock it.

For my first block, I think it's quite nice!

Using my Xmas presents!

I had pepsi at lunch (caffeine), and wine after dinner (poor
judgement) so instead of going to bed early I stayed up and tested one
of my Xmas books. Tasty Crochet sure offers tasty treats! My kiddos
need more play food, so I asked Santa for this book. I made the apple
tonight, and it came out rather small. More like a homegrown apple
than a store bought apple. Which is fine. I'm sure D will appreciate
it. My red is not showing up nicely here, but it is a candy apple red
rather than a fire engine red. Still appley though, not weird orangy
brown red like the picture shows.
Joanns is having a yarn sale right now, so I think I'll take the
little monster (L), and get some more colors of wool. I seem to have
oodles of blue yarn in my stash, but that's not particularly helpful
when trying to make play food...