“The blanket was inspired by one Elspeth bought in a Brixton thrift shop. She always had a great eye [for vintage treasures]. Elspeth wasn’t a knitter or a crocheter – the way we worked together was by combining our skills. She was a brilliant writer, gardener, cook and all-round stylish woman, and me as a professional designer, maker and amateur gardener and cook.
When I saw the crochet blanket I adored it and was able to see why it worked so well. The unifying colour used in the final rounds links it all together and it is also made from pure wool – not shiny acrylic.
Despite using random, leftover yarn to make each square, having a bit of discipline with the outer colour and using the same coloured yarn for the final round makes the difference between a blanket you want to cherish forever, as an heirloom, and one that you wouldn’t care if it ended up in the dog’s basket!
When we started taking photographs for the book, I took the blanket to Norfolk with me for the Easter weekend in case we found a location. On Easter day it snowed, and I had the idea to place it on the washing line in my friend’s garden.
The colours stand out against the snow and the warmth of the blanket exudes from the cold, clear landscape.”
Find this blanket and more projects in Homemade: Knit, Sew & Crochet. Ros dedicates the book to her co-writer, Elspeth, who passed away in 2010. “Our collaborative working life came out of a mutual appreciation of beautiful craft, making and upcycling,” says Ros.