Once upon a time (about a year ago) a lovely crochet designer called Eleonora published a crochet-along (or CAL) pattern for a new blanket called ‘Changing Tides’. The previous year, Eleonora had published another seaside themed blanket on her Coastal Crochet blog called the ‘Seaside Stash Buster’ which I joined in with and created my Sandy Bay Blanket.
Even though I had approximately 7,248 other crochet projects on the go at the time (well not quite, but it felt like it), I couldn’t resist having a go at Eleonora’s new project, and so it began…
Just like the previous year, Eleonora posted helpful You Tube videos along the way to help with tricky stitches and rows and soon had us all crocheting like pros!
I set off like a bull at a gate and didn’t take the time to plan what my colour choices would be, and decided (resonably early on) that I didn’t like what I had done so started again…
My project came with me on holiday…
…and before I knew it, I had a rather nice ‘changing tides’ sea developing in front of me. The name ‘changing tides’ is very appropriate because at the end of each row you turn your work and travel back the way you came in much the same way the waves do as they land on the beach.
It even made it down to the beach…
…those bobbles are rather time consuming, so I did a spot of bobbling on the bus…
…and still the tide came in.
And look … it even featured on Eleonora’s Instagram feed on one of her weekly round-ups! That made my day I can tell you.
By this point I felt that perhaps it was time to think about something other than just sea and waves…
And inspiration hit me. Last year’s blanket was based on Sandy Bay.
Why not make a blanket based on another of Gibraltar’s lovely beaches…. Catalan Bay?
The brightly coloured houses gave me lots of excuses to use some different vibrant colours.
But what colour should I opt for first? What about the aptly named ‘shrimp’?
Shrimp was just the ticket for another row of bobbles and they could represent the buoys which hold up the nets in the family swimming area.
It felt good to see a pop of colour against all that blue. The buoys were finished during a short break in Spain while sitting under the cool of some trees.
And again, my blanket made it into one of Eleonora’s weekly round ups! What a thrill.
Time for more waves, and then finally dry land and a beach!
Then came the sandy bobbles, a terracotta coloured sea wall, and those brightly coloured houses which populate Catalan Bay. Behind the houses came the green vegetation which then gave way to the grey of the upper Rock and finally the sky and wispy Levanter clouds forming on the crest of the Rock.
I tell you what, those different colours were a bit fiddly and you do not want to see the loose ends that were on the back!
It’s taken an inordinately long amount of time to get to the end, but get to the end I have! It’s time for the big unveiling!
Last year, I was able to do my big ta-dah moment on Sandy Bay beach itself. This year, because of our current situation in lockdown because of the Coronavirus, my big ta-dah is just having to happen on my balcony… at least the sun’s shining!
Thank you very much Eleonora for yet another fabulous crochet-along pattern. Thank goodness I managed to get this one finished before you launch this year’s blanket (just a week before I believe!). The online community which was formed because of these blankets is truly wonderful. It’s so important to feel like you are part of a community, especially at times like this.
Until we meet again, Catalan Bay, thank you for your inspiration!