A letter from America, well, an email

I received a letter from America, well an email from America, from a lovely lady in search of a discontinued yarn which I imported from America and she needed to finish a very large project.

But that wouldn’t have been so catchy and it also didn’t link beautifully to the The Proclaimers hit song Letter From America. For those who know them, you’re welcome, feel free to hum along for the rest of the day. For those who don’t, I’ve embedded a YouTube video link below, enjoy the ear worm :).

Back to a letter from America

Kelly was desperate for just a few more balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, in the Willow colour. It’s a soft, muted green and so pretty. I was keen to know what Kelly was making and she replied to say it was needed for a blanket she was crocheting for her son. It’s been a long project which she has been worked on over several years. It’s an heirloom piece which I’m sure her son will love, use for years and pass down to his own children over the years.

It’s a real labour of love and will be a treasured memory of home when her son leaves to continue his education, to go to work etc. Like a warm hug from Mom, it’ll always be an anchor to his family.

Much like a letter from America, it’ll be treasured on good days, keep him warm when he’s unwell, be a play mat for his kids or a fabulous snuggle blanket when watching TV or playing games with friends. We all need a virtual warm hug from home and this really fits the bill.

A letter from America, photo by Kelly DeLong
A letter from America, Kelly’s gorgeous Crochet Blanket for her son, a labour of love.

The blanket fits nicely with an overhang on a King Size bed and used a few yarns which Kelly had picked up on sale over the years and in colours chosen by her son. I’m so pleased that Kelly has allowed me to chat to you about the blanket, but now I’ll let her tell you in her own words:

“I really, greatly appreciate your help in buying that yarn! I started digging through my old photos for when I began this project, and it was November 2017. I attached the photo of the stack of yarn from when I first bought it. I can only guesstimate that I spent about 85 hours on it, but that’s only just a guess. 

For the body of the blanket, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Willow (light, mossy green), and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Kale (dark green) and Mesquite (brown).

I didn’t use a pattern. I just chained until I was satisfied with how wide it was. I wanted it to be wide enough to cover a king sized bed with plenty of overhang on the sides. I used a double crochet/chain 1 repeat throughout. 

For the border, I used Caron One Pound in Espresso (brown). For the first row on the border, I did 3 SC stitches in each chain space of the blanket body. In each corner, I put one extra SC. On each of the next three rows, I used double crochets. In each corner stitch, I did a DC, TC, DC in the same stitch. It helped keep the corners squared. I ended it with a row of SC.

I’m very happy with how it turned out and even happier that it’s finally DONE. Buying all that yarn on clearance was nice at first, until I couldn’t find more of it when I ran short. 🤣 Thanks again for having what I believe to be the last 7 skeins of Willow on Earth. 

This blanket is so, so warm and soft. I really wanted to make my son something that he could use & enjoy for many years to come. With Ohio fall weather quickly approaching, I think it’s done just in time!”

A letter from America, photo by Kelly DeLong

I have only one ball of the yarn left, some Wool-Ease Chunky in Willow, if anyone needs it for a project? Lion Brand have a great range of free patterns on their website and great advice on yarn substitution.

Thank you so much to Kelly for her Letter From America, the beautiful photos and sharing her fabulous blanket story with us.

What will you make for your family?

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