Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Ongoing adventures with Nanny McPhee


I never got around to showing you our snowy Mother's Day picnic. Suffice to say that I had packed everyone's coats and hats and gloves, except mine. Happily, Jo is a hardy soul and lent me his eight-year old's coat/forty-four year old's cape.

The (blanket you need after a marathon ripple is) Nanny McPhee has all its squares, I think, and these have all been blocked. Now to the joining stage. This is a completely new experience for me, so today I spent some time reading thereon, and steeled myself for the arranging process. There were six photos, but I have decided to inflict you with one only. The comic-reading sun is there for scale. While I want this to be a (significantly quicker than the ripple) blanket for outdoors and adventures as well as cosy home trysts*, I did also want it to be big enough to give some degree of coverage!

So this is it- I think! The squares on the sheet will be the inner rectangle, and they will have maybe two rows of border, and then the same again with the outer squares. For the joining and the borders I am going to go on using up the stash balls of wool that I have been using hitherto. The plan is to do the same for the gaps that will, hopefully, fill up with granny rows.

Lots of grannies for one Nanny. I'm thinking of adopting the pseudonym Mags McPheedy. I should also say that all constructive criticism on the arrangement will be most welcome...


*I've just discovered, pleasingly, that a tryst is not just an appointed meeting, especially a secret one for lovers. It can also be an appointed place of meeting. Time: Easter Day, just after big family lunch. Place: under the Nanny McPhee Lenten blanket with a cup of tea and a huge chunk of Easter Egg.

9 comments:

Jane and Chris said...

I love the 'scaleometer' stretched across the chairs!
Jane x

Angela said...

This is a truly wondrous project. I have been feeling very Nanny McPhee myself of late and will explain why in a blogpost very soon.

Regarding placement of outer border - Would the four largest squares look better if placed in the corners? [thus determining the width of the border strips] Just a thought. It may not work.

I think tryst is a lovely word.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Mags, it's beautiful and ever how you put it together, it will be more beautiful still.

The dB family said...

Hehehe! I almost missed your comic book reader there. I'm looking forward to seeing your completed project.

Blessings!
Deborah

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I don't recall--who is this fabulous blanket for? For me? Really? Oh, Mags, you shouldn't have!

Love the child as tape measure. Very handy, this boys of yours!

xofrances

El Perro Blanco said...

This looks so fab,I think your arrangement is brilliant. Yesterday I found I had a couple of unexpected hours; so on went Nanny McPhee and up went the hook and Week 5 is now complete. I'm so excited to see how far you have got at Hookery tonight.

GretchenJoanna said...

Great photo, too! Godspeed.

Lyndelou said...

Oh my goodness - I can't believe you are further ahead than me now!!! Last assignment to be handed in next week then three weeks off over Easter. Race you?

M.K. said...

Very lovely, Mags!! I do love the arrangement you've done. Nice combination of rounds and squares, large and small. I like the swirly ones in the middle. It will be lovely, fun, and useful :)