The above blanket is Jane Crowfoot's finished Lily pond blanket.... The crochet-a-long is to make this blanket.
On a whim I decided to join in the stylecraft lily pond cal; the pattern is by Jane Crowfoot.
This is the first CAL I have taken part in and it is enjoyable and a good way to step outside your comfort zone. There is no way I would have attempted this project if I hadn't decided to do a CAL. Some parts are fiddly to do and some a bit tedious, but I know the end result will look good.
It has been fun to make the blocks slightly different to the pattern and to be more creative with the use of colour. Lily ponds are not a uniform colour and vary so greatly in the different light throughout the day; I want to capture this natural beauty with the yarn I use. I am not using style craft yarn exclusively. I love using king cole and their colour choice is great.
Every fortnight a new block pattern is released with written instructions and a few photos. I have struggled in parts to understand the written instructions and would have liked a chart to look at as well. I do appreciate how hard it is to write clear patterns.
Many participants are making versions larger than the original, but I am sticking to the original size. I have no particular plan for the blanket, I just wanted to join in and had plenty of suitable yarn to get going.
I dug out my old Monet book and enjoyed looking through the Lily pond chapter to see how he captured his Lily pond in different light. The very first art gallery I went to in London was The Royal Academy to see Monet's Lily series, many years ago!
This post is a record for myself; a place to upload some progress pictures and inspiring images. There are no links because I do not know how to do them on my app, nor do I want to. Some may find this post and find it interesting and want to seek out the pattern and that is great. The patterns can be found at stylecraft.co.uk. I will not be listing the colours I use as I am using many many scraps and various makes of yarn.