Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Ugly Blanket



These last months, while I’ve been working my cotton socks off, bits of coloured yarn have proven something of a lifeline. Every day for half an hour, I’ve tied one end securely to a skerrick of sanity and stitch by stitch, woven a bit of headspace back into my world.

What has become increasingly apparent, at times such as these, is that I care NOT A JOT about the ‘look’ of things. Well, hang on – I do care a very lot at the very start – and the Ugly Blanket was a planned yarny purchase. But once I’ve made that first slip knot, I couldn’t care less. It’s ONLY about the ‘make’.



Stitch stitch stitch. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.



Even though I don’t think the Ugly Blanket is as ugly as all that – SHEESH! – the name has stuck. It was coined as soon as I reached for that apricoty, pasty, naked-coloured yarn in the middle. There was a raised eyebrow from the Mr and some immediate banter concerning the exact shade of old man undies. I blue-in-the-face argued that old man undie colour is a lighter shade of beige, possibly with yellowy undertones. Right?

Regardless, the family has decreed that ‘apricoty-pasty-naked’ is a bad colour for a blanket.



Stitch stitch stitch. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.

Ironically, after all the family insults, when I went looking for the blanket with my camera, I found it in the kids’ cubby house. HUMPFH.

Not too ugly to be STOLEN.

I twisted arms and forced admissions. Now it’s the ‘Ugly Snuggly Blanket’. Apparently the Ugly Snuggly isn’t entirely awful.

I left it to hang out in the cubby for a very teensy while.

Ugly Blanket details over on Ravelry...






41 comments:

Alisa said...

There cant be anything ugly about a blanket that your kids steal to snuggle in the cubbie. x

Catherine said...

Well, ugly snuggly does have a good ring to it... I love that they've stolen it (and I'm sure that it is nothing like old man undies... I considered scouting the local neighbourhood to check, however that could be a little hard to explain) xo

Catherine said...

It's not ugly at all in fact I think it's gorgeous. Love love the colours. x

Joanna said...

I'd happily steal your ugly blanket. Even with old man undie colour in it! Hope you're still getting some semblance of head space now that it's done...

Pomegranate Quilts said...

That's a lot of stitch therapy right there. Glad your healing process has been kidnapped by the kids :)

Mrs Smith said...

I would say its more of a Nanna's bra colour than old man's undies.
it matters not as that blanket is miles of purdy as far as I'm concerned.

LionessLady said...

Well, the undie colour on it's own would clearly not be many's first choice in colour selction, but included in this way, it makes the whole project look gorgeous!

Cinnamon said...

It's a lovely blanket all put together! But I do see the kids point about the old man undies color. Sort of reminds me of how terrible olive green looks until it's been paired with that perfect shade of yellow and suddenly the whole thing is very cheery. ;)

Bree said...

Love the combo of colours!!

Katie said...

Is there a row of dc between the trebles? I like the design but can't figure it out.

And i love the colours!

Fruitful Fusion said...

Oh I love the colours!!! It's not ugly at all!!!!

Laura Miller said...

Your blanket is beautiful and the kids are quite right to steal it! As for the old man undie colour, for me it's more a 'school dinner blamange pink' which dessert i hated at school as it always came with a thick spoon defiant skin on the top!!! Either way, on your blanket the colour is gorgeous and no other would have worked as well!!! Enjoy! xxx

Lila said...

Gorgeous

Lila said...

Gorgeous

Sarah said...

As far as I am concerned the colours rock.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Since when did old men wear corset-pink underwear ?
Meanwhile I'd like to take Phillip Pulman's new version of Grimm's Tales , a big pot of tea and the Snuggly blanket off to a cubby right now .

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I adore the grey, I love the sunset and I also hate the peach. But in context, it's a good place for it, give it some classy neighbours and even peach isn't *that* bad.

And it's an ace blanket and your half hour a day of sanity is a very good idea (you can get by on just half an hour! ok then, 23.5 of crazy it is).

Kylie said...

Yes, old-man-undies are definitly a lighter beige.
I think it looks great with the grey.
And if it has been stolen by the kids it is no longer ugly then.

bec said...

yum, it's not so ugly that it wouldn't disappear in my bag if I came into the cubby! Those colours look great together. Were you tempted to crochet hubby a pair of mens undies? *nicetohaveyoubacktoo* *missedyou*

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

It's fantastic! I love it.

Jenny from Ohjoh said...

What a lovely bit of ugly!

Fer said...

I agree with Mrs Smith about the Nanna's bra colour, but ugly isn't always a bad thing. :-)

teddybearswednesday said...

Ugly snuggly ruggly reminds me of ugg boots which is totally a good thing.
And for ages they were considered ugly, but hey now their the hipster thing.
not that it's at all ugly, your blanket i mean. but it's like uggboots it's now rightly being appreciated xo

YarnRoundHook said...

Ha! The flesh colour might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's a lovely blanket... I would like to know what stitch pattern you used so I'm off over to Ravelry to investigate.
Victoria

my4lilgirls said...

Delightful looking ugly blanket :)
Karen

Stomper Girl said...

Eeeeew. Old man undies. You're right and the Mister is wrong about the shade. Love the blanket - with that colour combo it ought to look like an 80s wedding reception centre, but it doesn't at all. It's lovely.

clare's craftroom said...

Oh dear I just can't get past the old mans undies ...... Snuggly blanket though xxx

Wendy said...

there's nothing ugly about it! Clearly my experience of old man's undies is different to yours, I find them to usually be grey.

Does that make it sound like I have a lot of experience with old man's undies? I don't. Just a little and definitely non-sexual.

Wendy said...

there's nothing ugly about it! Clearly my experience of old man's undies is different to yours, I find them to usually be grey.

Does that make it sound like I have a lot of experience with old man's undies? I don't. Just a little and definitely non-sexual.

june at noon said...

What a misnomer! It is far, far from ugly. It's beautiful.

And, if I'm thinking about it (and I'd rather not), I would've thought old man undies would be more a shade of gray, or a faded-yellowish white with ... Oh, nevermind. I've gone too far with the thought already.

Suse said...

In our house we call that particular shade of flesh pink Hearing Aid Beige.

Dianne said...

Enough with the old mans undies already! I am now scarred for life after having seen 4 inches of stripey boxer shorts sticking up above a pair of jeans (seriously, what hold them up?) on a 20 something bloke on the tram today! At least "old man undies" are usually tucked away out of sight where they should be!

Love the blanket anyway, welcome back!

CrochetBlogger said...

There are many times that I am exactly like you - the process of making seems so much more important than the look of the product. It's about the stitch, breathe, heal, repeat!!

rachelmp said...

I have never felt so close to learning how to crochet... I am running away now

mel @ loved handmade said...

That is NO ugly blanket, I love it, and I love that its being loved by your gang..x

Megan said...

What a lovely blanket story! And I like the journey its name has taken. Ugly Snuggly blanket works for me!

And you are totally right, old man undies have no apricot tones, they are all beigie/white/yellowish/tan and bleugh.

katiecrackernuts said...

The ugly blanket doesn't look ugly at all. It's lovely.
And that Hans Christian Andersen book. Oh what childhood memories. I had that exact same one.

Bek said...

The prettiest ugly blanket EVA! I love the stich!

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

I would say it's a pretty gorgeous blanket actually. BTW, I have that exact same book of hans christian anderson fairy tales. had it since i was a kid.

sarah nadine said...

i actually LOVE this blanket!

just pinned it on pinterest :)


xo

Hannah said...

I really love that color palette, actually. It reminds me of candy, fruit or peppermint ice cream, and the grays strike the perfect contrast. Going to have to remember this one! In fact, I'd love to see it on Kollabora, the crafting and DIY community I'm part of, so I can add it to the list of projects that inspire me to keep practicing making things despite my tremendous klutziness.