Hi everyone. I cannot believe it is already June…I don’t know if it is the same where you are but here in Scotland, we are experiencing the most amazing and glorious weather!! the sky is blue no rain… and it is a lovely pleasant mild temperature it is just amazing and the perfect weather for taking pictures! So last weekend Francesca and I went by the sea to take a few snapshots of my new blanket ST KILDA…
I am so pleased with this new blanket so I am going to tell you all about it…
Believing or not all started nearly a year ago… I saw on my Facebook an amazing picture that a friend of mine, Stephen took of some puffins…
I thought they were the cutest thing ever and when something catches my eye it always ends up being an inspiration for a crochet creation…
I always wanted to design a mosaic blanket because I love how versatile this technique is so the puffins seemed to me the perfect opportunity…
There are 2 designers that make the most amazing mosaic creations .. one is my bestie Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir @tinnahekl who you all know and the other, I have been following closely, is Abi at Get Yer Hook On
Abi’s talent for creating stunning blankets is truly amazing, and what’s even more special is that her inspiration comes from the beautiful country we both call home. As a fellow Scot, I was thrilled to work with her on our latest creation – the breathtaking St. Kilda blanket. Through a few chats and a lot of back and forths on design ideas, we were able to bring to life a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that showcases the best of Scotland’s natural beauty. I couldn’t be more proud of the end result, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I have!
So why we called the blanket St Kilda?
St Kilda, is an archipelago, and UNESCO World Heritage Site located off the north coast of Scotland, is known for its stunning natural beauty and diverse wildlife.
One of the most iconic and beloved creatures found in this region are the puffins, with their distinctive black and white markings and colourful beaks.
From the delicate swirls of the ocean waves to the shimmering scales of fish, the ocean life around St Kilda provides a rich tapestry of colours and shapes that provides the most amazing colour palette for the blanket
In my version I chose moss and granite for the rugged terrain of the island and deep teal for the waters, rusty reds and orange hues from the lichens, the yellows of the gorse… a happy school of fish is swimming in an ever-changing sea and the piece of resistance are those cute puffins hopping in between.
I look at it and makes me very happy and I hope I have captured or at least attempted to give justice to their wonderful habitat.
Now a few details about the blanket so you can make one yourself and have a little bit of Scotland in your home …
Abi and I have crocheted 2 versions of the blanket and they are both included in the pattern so you have some choice.
Abi version uses some Sirdar Jewelsun and Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Aran
My version uses Stylecraft Yarn, I love Stylecraft because it is so reliable, has amazing colours and is widely available.
As I am always on a quest for the “perfect” shade I have used 3 different ranges of Stylecraft: Highland Heather, Life DK and a bit of Special Dk, the result is a soft gorgeous blanket, with a hint of tweed that is perfect for our Scottish theme.
So what can I say..to close my blog post? A massive thanks to Abi McIntyre for her patience to put up with me first… I kept tweaking the design.. adding lines, turning the puffins.. and general shenanigans.. she did a fantastic job in transforming an idea and a few sketches into a beautiful professional pattern, more thanks to my forever-suffering daughter Francesca.. that put up with my temper and my amateur dramatic performances on a daily basis, she did the pictures and most of the technical work for our version and to all of you out there that never stop to encourage me to design something new and exciting!
So love to you all and let me see your beautiful St KIldas!!!