As no doubt you already know, Silverpebble and Thrifty Household have come up with the wonderful idea of sharing what we like about winter to banish any signs of gloom in the months of short days and long nights. For me, winter is all about cosiness. And cosiness requires blankets.
I have lots of catching up to do with all the posts I have in my head. For ages, I've been wanting to show you this loveliness.
My Mum found this blanket in a charity shop and gave it to me just before Christmas. Isn't it just beautiful? It's in pristine condition and made of cotton, so we bunged it into the washing machine to get rid of the old lady whiff and it came out fresh and spotless. It makes me smile every time I go into that room. And it's got a lovely weightiness to it that you need sometimes in a blanket.
You may remember that I wrote about coveting a blanket from The White Company here. Well, they had a sale awhile back, just at the point when the House by the Sea was at its most chaotic. Now, I had no business at all buying a blanket at that point when we were still at the stage of choosing taps, but sometimes a thing calls to you and you just have to answer the call. This is the opposite of the white blanket; all gossamer lightness but deliciously warm for all that. It's on our bed at the moment and keeps our feet toasty when the temperature drops in the small hours.
And then there is my blanket. It's really not there yet. In fact it's still a fairly random collection of squares. But if I squint my eyes and ignore all the threads forget about how many hundreds more grannies I need to do to get it to the size I want, then I can almost see that it will be a blanket some day.
I'm trying to be good and do a granny a day, encouraged by the lovely Annie and Laura of Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows. And I've been pretty good so far and reckon on about 5 a week. But we'll see.
I'm also trying not to be too daunted by how big the bed is compared to each little square! Maybe it'll be done by next winter.