Monday, 6 July 2015

Ta-Dah! The Lily Pond!

Hello everyone!

Last week just got completely away from me - between Kiah's birthday, multiple movie outings, the fatigue (justifiably) getting cranky with all the fun things I was doing, going to the lake for the weekend AND still arguing with PayPal and Ravelry about our new patterns... I didn't blog!

But I did get my Lily Pond Afghan all finished, washed, and blocked, so I do have something to share with you today :D 


The Lily Pond, designed by Jane Crowfoot, was a Crochet-A-Long held in conjunction with Stylecraft Yarns. The event doesn't officially finish until next week, but I have been helping Stylecraft with a few secret projects, and had access to the final few patterns through that. 



Jane Crowfoot is a super famous crochet designer, and I love Stylecraft Special DK, so what could possibly go wrong!? It turns out, quite a lot - the Facebook group/s had a rocky start, the patterns were sometimes very hard to decipher, information was missing, and the translation between UK and US terms didn't go very well. I did not get the same great joy of working through this CAL as I did with Sophie's Universe, but that is a very very high bar! 


I didn't choose to go with the recommended yarn colours - it was a bit dark and dreary for me, especially the blues and greens. For a full list of the yarns I used, see my Ravelry Project page :) 


After all the dramas, I do actually love the outcome! The blocking was lots of fun - we ended up using about 300 pins to get all the flower petals to sit nicely!! I am so lucky to have a husband who supports my crazy crafty endeavours, although I think he was starting to doubt this after his third trip down to the junk shop to buy more pins... 


This afternoon, Kiah, Lily and I took a relaxing stroll around Anderson Park (the other side of the bay at Meadowbank from our apartment), taking photos of Lily with the river, the lovely sandstone and quite a lot of enthusiastic clover.


The colours and pattern almost danced in the dappled sunlight - it really does look like a real lily pond! 


Then, just as we were getting in the car to leave, Kiah said "Look! Under that tree with the undergrowth looks almost like a pond! One last photo?" 


One last photo :) 

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  1. It really is stunning, I love the sort of rippley effect. And well done for keeping up with (ahead of ??) the CAL :)
    Jillxo

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    1. Thanks Jill! Once I had all the patterns I just couldn't resist getting it done and finished - the pacing was just sooo slowww...

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  2. Beautiful pictures, Michelle! So glad you worked your way through all the problems. This blanket is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! Taking the photos was at least half the fun :D

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  3. Beautiful! I like the colours you've chosen and the end result is a stunner

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    1. Thank you Helen! Now I have to decide what to do with it...

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  4. It really is gorgeous, hopefully worth all the stress along the way :-) The colours you have chosen work so well. x

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  5. Wow, it's one of the prettiest crochet items I've ever seen!

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    1. Thank you Valentina! I wasn't so excited about the original, so very very pleased with how mine came out :) The colours make such a difference!

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  6. It's really lovely. Well done for getting through all the obstacles and getting it finished.

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    1. Thank you Gillian :) I'm so glad it's done!

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  7. How lovely, sometimes tweaking the colours in a pattern makes all the difference. Well done on working out the problems. Hx

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  8. Hi Michelle, I just LOVE your colour choices - so much like a pond but brighter. The Stylecraft business sounds exciting. I can't wait to find out what you are up to there! :-)
    Your Lily blanket is worth celebrating! xx

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I'm really happy with it :)

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