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On a Monday I can still remember the fun I had over the weekend, Wednesday is the middle of the work week, on Thursday I start getting hopeful and on a Friday I can taste the weekend. But what about a Tuesday? It’s so…. just there. Weekend memories are too far away and the upcoming weekend might as well be a year away.

What we need is a bit of colourful inspiration to get us going on a Tuesday, don’t you think? A pretty picture, beautiful scenery or colourful imagery. Yup, that’ll liven up Tuesdays and turn it into a terrific day!

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Today’s colour burst comes from four lap blankets I made for Huis Uitsig in South Africa. My grandmother, who passed away in July 2004, was very involved with this carehome. Right up to the age of 73 she helped out at the carehome. She used to call the residents “ou mensies” which is an affectionate Afrikaans way of saying the “old people” – she was older than a lot them, so it that just speaks to her-young-at-heart attitude which I so loved. 

I only started to crochet after my grandmother had passed away, which is a pity.  Making these blankets is my small way of continuing the good work she did at Huis Uitsig. I’m sure she will approve.

The technical bits of these blankets: The body of the blankets are white polar fleece with crochet edging done in Stylecraft Special DK. I had to choose unisex colours, and had to be careful not to make the blankets look like baby blankets.  The rows are just shells of 2dc, with the very last row done in sc. In order to tie the borders in with the white fleece, I did the second to last row of all the blankets with white.

I’m definitely going to make more of these in the near future. I was so aware of my grandmother whilste making them! Every time I chose a new ball of yarn and wondered whether it’s too bright, I thought of Gran and I knew she would have said “Go for it! It will cheer up the old mensies.”

I hope these cheerful stripes brighten up your Tuesday!

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