Calm weekends, the sea and the “milk&butter” monster blanket
Hello lovelies! It’s Monday morning, a bright one, few clouds at the sky, sun is shining through and even if the temperature is still far from spring, well, we do have some serious hopes!
A calm weekend has just passed, with a few outs and abouts, with the little Misses of our pond arranging meetings with friends (and demanding that we drive them there!), with good friends over for dinner and movie on Saturday evening and lots of crochet. Ah, and with the “milk&buter” blanket revelation moment, how could I forget this?
The skies were blue on Saturday and we set off for a drive to the sea- it’s a short drive, not more than 50 kilometers, starting from the Penteli mountain and heading to the sea through winding roads with breathtaking view of the city.
This is the start of the road, see how blue the sky was? Pure bliss 🙂
Few moments afterwards, heads turned to the right and there was Athens unfolding its beauty and sublime <3. I had to stop the car and take a picture or two. I love this sight and can never get enough, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
Few kilometers further, the city was nowhere to be seen; instead, the sea, in all its glory, was in front of my eyes. The humidity of the atmosphere didn’ t allow for clear long distance pictures, but this couldn’t stop me from taking some, you see?
Even if long distance pictures were not clear, one could try shortening the frame and then… yes, then you could see how vivid the colour of the sky was, delightful
At the end of the drive, it was the sea. Calm and still wintery, the beach was deserted, the sun umbrellas standing there alone, waiting for June to arrive and colourful towels to unfold underneath them
and I remembered Bob Dylan singing his “Sara” song:
“‘Now the beach is deserted except for some kelp
And a piece of an old ship that lies on the shore
You always responded when I needed your help
You gimme a map and a key to your door.
Glamorous nymph with an arrow and bow
Don’t ever leave me, don’t ever go”
On the other end of the beach, a small dock, quiet in the morning sun
Back home, with all the major house errands been done on time (this mainly included cooking lunch, which I’ve done very early in the morning!) and after having lunch, I lit the fire, mainly for the beautiful sight of it, the little Misses disappeared in their rooms, Mr. BeardMan started his usual ritual of listening to his vinyls for hours long while reading, and I made myself a hot espresso and sat on the couch, watching the fire and crocheting (I’m not a person full of surprises, am I?)
It was on Sunday morning, that I found the time to finish the “milk&butter” monster blanket. I’ve talked about it a while ago, it was an easy peasy project and I was very happy to see it finished. If you fancy making one, just before winter ends (or just before winter starts for our friends on the southern side of the globe), please give it a try. It’s big, it’s soft, it’s warm, it’s beautiful!
The Milk&Butter Double Chunky Blanket
I used: 28 balls Deramores Studio Chunky in Frost (white)
28 balls Deramores Studio Chunky in Pearl (cream)
a 12 mm hook
(UK terminology alert! UK dc= US sc and UK tr=US dc)
Holding two strands of the Frost yarn together, chain 92
Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st across, ch 1 turn
Row 2: Dc in 1st 2 stitches, *tr in next stitch, dc in next stitch. Repeat from * across, ch 1, turn.
Row 3: Repeat row 2 until your blanket reaches the desired length
Change yarn colour depending on how wide you want your stripes to be. Each stripe of mine needed 8 rows per colour. My first and last stripe were the same colour (Frost)
Row 1: With two strands of Frost, ch 1, dc in each stich around the blanket. In each corner stich work dc, ch1, dc.
Row 2: Join Pearl colour, ch 2, tr in next stich, tr in each dc around. In each corner, work tr, ch1, tr
Row 3: Repeat Row 2 until your border reaches the desired width.
Weave in the ends,
take a deep breath,
bend your knees,
pick up the blanket (oh yes, it’s heavy!!),
spread it over your double bed and…
And… the bonus funny photo from the instagram stories: Little Miss 2 as a ghost under the blanket!
Froggy kisses from the pond