Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Ta-dah! Persian Tiles Afghan

Hi everyone! And a special welcome to our new followers and readers :) 

Thanks for your enthusiasm in entering our Frida's Flowers CAL giveaway - the response has totally blown us away! It's been so much fun for us to be involved with this CAL, and help out our favourite yarn brand - we are both busy with the patterns at the moment, Anne translating them into German, and me proofreading the American terms. 

To continue celebrating Jane Crowfoot's amazing designs, today I can share with you my completed Persian Tiles Afghan!  


I had been drooling over the design, but couldn't really justify the expense for a wool blend blanket that I wouldn't be able to use. But, then Anne bought me the kit and pattern for my birthday last year!! She really is the best crochet friend, blog buddy and all round awesome person ever :D AND I found out that afghan entries for the Sydney Royal Easter Show needed to be wool or wool blend - it was meant to be!

I had a great time over the Christmas break up at the lake working on the motifs. It worked really well with chatting, frequent breaks for meals or games, and watching tv shows and movies. 


As with the Lily Pond, I did find the pattern a bit awkward to follow, and after the first motif I did make some technique changes to make it easier for myself :P But, those colours..... :D :D :D  


It ended up being about 1.2mx1.2m. The yarn is Stylecraft Life DK, a wool blend. While it was lovely to work with, my sensitivity to wool means that I can't keep it - so itchy! Hopefully someone will buy it at the Easter Show. If not, I'm sure I'll find someone to give it a good home :) I know it sounds like a real shame not to keep something so beautiful, but my real enjoyment in any craft project comes more from the making than the using!  


Wish me luck for the show, and now I really can't wait for Frida's Flowers to start on 5 April! If you haven't entered the giveaway yet, you can do so here - it's such a great prize!!! 

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  1. This is fabulous!! The colors are exploding!

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    1. Thank you Sigrid! Turquoise and terracotta... I'm in heaven!

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  2. Hi Michelle, the blanket really is stunning! When you say you found the patterns " ... a bit awkward to follow" can you say what the problems were? I haven't started either yet but have 3 of her patterns to do and would like to know i.e. is it JC's style of pattern writing?

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    1. It is the style of pattern writing. I now always do one motif strictly according to the pattern (including figuring out the unclear bits) and then adapt to use my preferred techniques, such as standing stitches etc. Jane's style is just different to what I'm used to in a pattern :) It's not bad, just takes a bit more thought.

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  3. It is absolutely stunning!!! It deserves to win all of the prizes at the show!! xx

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    1. Aw thanks Amy!! I'll find out next Tuesday *fingers crossed*

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  4. What a stunning blanket! You are a real artist. I have seen the pattern on ravelry and I was tempted to buy it but it is such a pity that the days do not have more hours. There is just not enough time to create all the things I would like to do! Viola

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    1. Thank you very much Viola! It really is a glorious design - for all I complain about Jane's pattern writing style, it's totally worth it to be able to make these beautiful items :D

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  5. You have some beautiful photos to remember it by when it finds a new wool-friendly home. :-)
    You can be very proud of your work. I am still in awe at how quickly you work and your output.

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    1. Thanks Jodie! I got a call from the show last night - this one has found a new home already :D

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    2. Well done! Totally unsurprised... ;-)

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