UFO Challenge From Black Sheep Wools

I have bought yarn recently from www.blacksheepwools.com/ the service is great with the order usually being delivered within a couple of days. Once I had bought from them I stated getting their regular emails including the usual offers etc but then this one came, a challenge to complete an unfinished project.

The Hook, Knit and Stitch – a – thon is on!!!

It provided me with just the push I needed to dig out a project that has been hiding in a carrier bag for years.

Here is my UFO story…….

Once when my children were younger we spent a wet and windy half term week learning to knit, with four of them it was quite a challenge and I was constantly helping to cast on, picking up dropped stitches and untangling their wool. Using oddments of leftover chunky yarn we made squares that I would turn into a blanket.

However, best laid plans and all that, the children are all now in their twenties and the squares? Well you may ask, they were still in a bag awaiting their transformation into the promised blanket. It was these squares that sprang to mind when I read Black Sheep UFO challenge, it spurred me on to dig them out of their hiding place in the loft and finally do what I originally intended.

I started by joining together all the squares that the children had made which as you can see formed a very uneven shape baring evidence of the dropped stitches I failed to catch and varied tensions employed by the little people all those years ago, but all these flaws simply add character.

Having joined all the squares together it was not quite big enough to qualify as a blanket so I knitted the long scarf shaped strips to go around the sides and finished it off with some cream edging.


I added a second square over the front of one of the squares at the top of the blanket to form a pocket where bits and pieces can be placed such as  little toys or a handkerchief. The contents of the pocket will serve to keep poorly or tired children entertained whilst on the sofa and snuggled beneath the blanket.

To explain, when my children were little we had what was affectionately called ‘the poorly blanket’, if they were ill and cuddled up on the sofa they would be draped with a special blanket. It had to be a particular blanket and in that wonderful way that children believe they really thought it had healing powers!

It is interesting that whilst I was finishing this UFO as my offspring visited they all remembered making the squares and expressed an affectionate interest in acquiring the finished blanket. We have agreed that this newly formed blanket will officially become our new family Poorly Blanket and will passed around as required. In the meantime it is just resting here.

Thank you Black Sheep for inspiring me to complete this long awaited project. Although it is not the best looking finish with all its uneven out of alignment squares and the loose stitches I have to confess it has brought back some lovely memories of crafting with my family when they were younger.

6 thoughts on “UFO Challenge From Black Sheep Wools

    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com July 25, 2013 / 18:18

      Thank you so much, when writing about things that are dear to you, you are never too sure how they will be received. I know this is not the most attractive blanket but it is very dear to us all as it brings back so many lovely memories.


  1. thelandroverownerswife July 22, 2013 / 21:34

    Oh how wonderful. Both my girls have picked their needles up several times over the last 24 hours and had another go but we’re still on the first row :). They finish school tomorrow and I’m going to suggest we try a half hour per day for a week to try and get them going and see how we do. Much like the school gardening club, I want this to be an optional thing and not something they have to do, that way I hope to keep them interested and determined to complete their square and then to start another one 😀 I’ll show them your blanket tomorrow.


    • thegrangerange.wordpress.com July 22, 2013 / 21:53

      Thank you for visiting and having a look at our family blanket, I really do hope the girls persevere with there new skill. You are right not to push them as I am sure that even if they do tire of it they will come back to it over the years. I look forward to visiting you again, maybe you will post their work? I would love to see.


      • thelandroverownerswife July 22, 2013 / 22:06

        I will do a post on their progress with photo’s of their endeavours which, knowing my two, will probably spur them on even more 🙂 They love it when I post about their Lego models or their teddy bears etc.


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