Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Rainsong Blanket - ALL FINISHED!!

It's FINISHED! It's finished! It's finished! (said while dancing around the room)

My first-ever, actually-completed, crochet blanket is finished.

Such a wonderful feeling - so satisfying. I just love, love, love looking at it, wrapping it around myself, enjoying how soft it feels and how finished it looks! :-)

I ended up doing the edges in rounds of single crochet. I liked the way this was a very simple stitch, and different to the main part of the blanket. I think a plain edging is good because it doesn't distract from the main stitch pattern - instead it just holds it all together and makes it look finished.

Did I mention that it's finished? ;-) And that I'm pleased about this? :-D

Let me share a few more photos with you:

I am so pleased with it, pleased as punch. :-)

And then this crazy idea came to me: I should enter it in the local show!

Now, thinking internationally here, I'm not certain every country follows this great Aussie (and British, I assume) tradition of the Local Show. In the US they might call it a "State Fair"(?). In Australia it's also known as an Exhibition, and the Brisbane Exhibition is known as "The Ekka" - following the Aussie style of shortening long words.

Anyway, for those who don't know: a Local Show is an annual event/festival. It's a fair with side-show alley - all the rides and games - but the show is also a chance to "show" our local best. There are horse riding competitions, wood-chopping competitions, and there are entries that are displayed and judged. Prizes are given for: the best cattle, the best chooks (chickens), the best sugar cane, etc, etc. And there's also the best cakes, the best home-grown vegetables, the best flowers, the best paintings... and the best crafts: knitting, quilting, and... crochet!


I finished my blanket on the weekend - just in time to enter it. I don't have hopes of winning best blanket or anything like that - I just love the idea of seeing my work on display. Up there for all to see. Finished. I would feel mighty proud - and pleased as punch - all over again. :-)

So I will make sure to take photos at the show on Friday and share them with you as soon as I can.

Wish me luck!

Til next time,
Caz :)

P.S. Here's the link to my local show's website: Show Whitsunday.
I live in a small, rural community, so it's all very small-time, but it's all in good fun. :-)


  1. Wowee wow wow!!!!!! Your blankie is wonderful and so straight sided. Must pick your brains on how you did that. Mine end up kind of curvey. Its a winner for sure Caz and if it doesn't then there is clearly something wrong with the judges eyesight, perception, taste, brain. Have a tremendous weekend at the ekka and win win win!!!!!! Ps can you share the stitch details I really like it.

  2. Fabulous Caz! I really hope you win at the local show! Do at least take pictures of it hanging up when you go this weekend and share with us on here :) Besides all that...have FUN FUN FUN!!!!

  3. Ohh my your blanket is FINISHED!!! and lovely it is! It´s gorgeous with it´s lovely colors and pattern that repeats itself.

  4. Absolutely enter it in the show.....just for the fun of it. You never know what will happen....I entered some things of mine yeeeaaarrs ago and one won an honorable mention and the other WON a blue ribbon!!!
    I say go for it and just enjoy!!!

  5. Very pretty - I love the colors. Great work.

  6. It's lovely, well done! Good luck with entering it in the show, can't wait to hear how you got on.

  7. Caz!!!!!!!!
    Congratulations! This blanket is fabulous!
    For me you are a winner already!
    ~X~ Karin

  8. Hello! I just discovered your blog today and I LOVE your blog and your crochet, it's amazing! Your finished blanket is fabulous and I am certain it will do very well at the show! Good Luck!

  9. Love your wonderful blue crochet blanket! Your post makes me want to dance too!

  10. Wow - Oliver must be so very happy with it - we know you are. Now if hubby would stop giving me little projects I could start on this one too (hubby wants it)

  11. Congrats on finishing your blanket! It is beautiful! Good luck on the show!

  12. Awww... thanks so much, everyone! :)

  13. WOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHH That is magical!! Beautiful!! You must be so proud, so happy!! Love it.

  14. My fingers are crossed. You should do well for sure with this beauty. Off to see if you posted the pattern, it look very cool.

    Kate - TGB

  15. Hi! I tried to post a comment before, but it wouldn't let me... so if you didn't get the previous one... wow, I just found your blog and love it! I'm new to crochet too, and it's just so much FUN! have sved you to my blogroll so I dont forget to come back for some inspiration! Have a lovely day XX

  16. What a beautiful blanket!! I don't know how I ended up here, but I'm glad I did. We have a common interest; crocheting! You're welcome to look at my blog. Although it's in norwegian, you can still look at the pictures.

  17. I think your blanket is truly beautiful. I found you whilst suffering from another bout of "blog hopping disease!" I will pop back after the ironing!!!!