Beauty in the Ordinary

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Never Say Something Good...

...doesn't come out of something bad".

As I overheard that wise granny telling her grandson in our first hospital-merry-go-round-ride earlier this year...see here and here .

With all the time spent sitting around radiation treatment waiting rooms over the past few months,
this and hopefully a successfully-treated husband, is what I have to show for it.

My very own Hudson's Bay Blanket.

Made from a pattern on the The Purl Bee blog for a crib blanket.


I changed the dimensions and colours up a bit.

I love how it looks on my much-loved green leather chair.
A perfect blanket for hubby to cuddle up under and watch some TV.

Go to  The Purl Bee and check out their site.  They have some lovely ideas, patterns and tutorials.

22 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful knit blanket. As a Canadian the Hudson Bay Blankets are abundant here. I can't help but look at them and think cozy comfort.
    Wishing your Husband cozy comfort rests snuggled under the blanket.

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    1. There's something very nostalgic about these blankets isn't there Katherine?

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  2. Nice blanket, and nice chair. That looks cozy to me, I'm almost envious.

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    1. Thank you Tom...the chair's been around for a long time...worn-in in all the right places.

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  3. J your blanket is lovely. Hope radiation treatments are over now and everything goes well for both of you. We are just beginning - 37 treatments through December and January. Love your heading - that granny was quite right xx

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    1. Good luck with the treatments Molly. If there is anything I can advise you on, or if you just want to chat, my e-mail is in my profile.

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  4. Your blanket is beautiful and all the best as you both go along.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - I did toy with giving it to my kids and then just couldn't part with it. I guess if they want one, they will ask me to make it for them! LOL!

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  5. Hello dear Jacqueline, the Hudson Bay blanket has always been a favourite of mine, and it looks great with your green leather chair, funny my hubby has an identical one in red, with an ottoman! Yours looks cushy and gently worn just like his..our boys have their sense of place! Hope all is well, and I am sending you hugs and good wishes, N.xo

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    1. We bought the chair when we were living in Atlanta,Georgia Nella in the mid-90s. It's travelled with us to Thailand, England and back to Canada. I remember the sales rep telling us when we bought it that it would outlive the pair of us...I'm beginning to believe him!

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  6. I'm sure I've seen similar designs here in France. I wonder if that's where it originates?

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    1. I'm told Cro, that the HBC blanket was traded by the Company in then British America now Canada, with the Native Americans for fur pelts. The point system in the design, consisting of the number of stripes, indicated the blanket's size and weight, so it didn't have to be opened up when trading took place. The blanket is iconic in Canada, as meaningful as the maple leaf.

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  7. Hello Jacqueline

    I just love your positive attitude and instead of spinning yarns in the hospital, you put your hands and mind to good use. The result is a garment of beauty.
    I am sure your husband will treasure this shawl and know that every stitch was knitted with love and the odd tear.

    Wishing you a week of joy
    Helen xx

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    1. It certainly will be a reminder of a moment in time Helen. And yes, I am very pleased with the results...makes me hopeful that the outcome of everything is going to be wonderful.

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  8. Wishing you and your husband well over the Thanksgiving day holiday. The blanket looks perfect.. warm, cozy, and perfect to snuggle up and watch a good movie!

    xx
    leslie

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Leslie...done and dusted here in Canada (our Thanksgiving is in October)...we are dressing up the town for Christmas!

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  9. There's a lot of peace, joy, comfort and thoughts of well-being knitted into that beautiful blanket. Is it wool? What a healing piece of work for the both of you! Well done, J!!

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    1. Yes...warm cuddly (washable!!) wool HA!...with a lot of love woven through it too.

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  10. I think that blanket will be around for a very long time too J., it's really beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sis...how are you making out with your afghan?

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  11. That is a beautiful blanket, you are very clever and I am sure it will come in handy every winter.

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  12. ...not that clever Cait...a simple garter stitch, but I was pleased with the results!

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