Mystery Blanket Club 2017: post 9, October

WELCOME TO BLOG POST NUMBER 9 – WHICH MEANS WE ARE ALMOST AT THE END OF THIS YEAR’S MYSTERY BLANKET! With just four squares and the finishing to go after this instalment, it won’t be long before you will be able to sit back and admire your completed blanket. It seems that the “Sheep” in this month’s assortment of squares has been warmly welcomed by many of you. I think he had been a strong favourite for the much anticipated “centre square”, however, he’s here a month early! So what could that centre square be…??? No clues from me, I’m afraid, so you’ll have to keep guessing for another month until it is revealed in the next and final instalment…

 

SETH NEWS!...WE HAVE JUST RETURNED HOME AFTER A LOVELY WEEK AWAY IN PORTUGAL, which for me was spent mostly by the swimming-pool with my knitting – pure bliss! Seth had a fabulous time too and came back with rather a nice little tan! So here he is, with his daddy, in matching shirts, posing for the camera before being whisked off to a restaurant for his evening meal. He loved his holiday and can’t wait to go on another one next year!

SO NOW FOR ALL THIS MONTH’S MYSTERY BLANKET NEWS…

…FIRST OF ALL, JUST A REMINDER TO EVERYONE THAT MEMBERSHIPS FOR MY 2018 MYSTERY BLANKET CLUB ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE IN MY ONLINE SHOP. Memberships are continuing to sell every day, but there’s still time to sign up to the Club if you haven’t already done so. For next year’s blanket I have developed my own range of shades of Rowan Glace Cotton, which means each member will receive a pack of exclusive colours, available to MBC members only. It has been a fascinating process to go through, and I am so excited about having my own unique colours for next year’s design.  There are a total of nineteen shades in the colour palette, with seventeen of them being brand new shades that I have developed and two from the existing range. So if you fancy a vibrant and colourful knitting  journey with me next year, full of surprises and challenges, why not join the Club for 2018 and be part of another unique and exciting “Mystery” adventure!?!

If you want to find out more about next year’s Mystery Blanket, you can visit the FAQ page on my website where you will find lots more information: http://www.debbieabrahams.com/mystery-clubs/mystery-blanket/

When you sign up to the 2018 Mystery Blanket Club and make your payment you will be sent a confirmation email within seven days which will give you your membership number and ask you to confirm your address and email details. If you do not receive this email, please let us know and we will resend it to you: sue@debbieabrahams.com

THERE IS AN ADDENDUM ALERT FOR SQUARE 32, OSLO…the image shows the Bronze beads at the top of the square hooked into every cable, however they are only hooked-in on every other cable. This was noticed after my blanket was completed, so mine is staying as it is! The pattern instructions are correct, so it’s only the image that is wrong.

WE HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY THE RESPONSE TO OUR “HELL BAY” KNITTING HOLIDAY NEXT OCTOBER! In fact, there was such a huge demand for it that we organised a second  holiday to this wonderful hotel in the Isles of Scilly.

However, after launching “Hell Bay #2” only a couple of days ago, at this moment in time there is only one suite available, with all suites on “Hell Bay #1” sold out. So if you want to join me in Hell Bay next October, there is still time, but you’ll have to be quick to bag that last place. Or if you want to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations, please email Sue at sue@debbieabrahams.com).

Here’s some more information about the holiday…

I will be tutoring two five night knitting holidays in the Scilly Isles in October 2018, the first holiday departing on Monday 15th October and returning on Saturday 20th October, and the second week departing on Saturday 20th October and returning on Thursday 25th October. I have booked the luxurious Hell Bay Hotel on the beautiful island of Bryher, which is located in a secluded cove facing the Atlantic Ocean. Set in private grounds, Hell Bay has twenty-five suites, all beautifully appointed with Lloyd Loom furniture and Malabar fabrics. Rooms and public spaces also boast works by some of Cornwall’s leading artists. There is a large terrace with spectacular views and a sunset deck which overlooks Gweal Hill, both perfect for relaxing and taking in the ambience of the island. As well as an award-winning restaurant (three AA Rosettes), there is also a spa treatment room, a private heated outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna for guests to use. During the daytime the hotel’s restaurants and bar are open to the general public. However, after 6pm the entire hotel will be for the exclusive use of our group, with several public areas including a large bar, sitting room and outside terrace available to knit and relax in. During the holiday I will be running three workshop sessions (one whole day and two half days), at the local community hall in Bryher, which is a short five-ten minute walk from the hotel. Each participant will be given a special Debbie Abrahams knitting kit to work on during the week, however, if preferred, personal knitting projects can be brought along instead. Weather permitting, there will be a walking historical tour of the island, plus the option for an additional fee of a boat trip to some of the other islands in the area.

There is one suite available in the second week, it’s a Spring Tide suite, Ground Floor with Garden views, priced at £885 per person. (Please note that this price DOES NOT include flight and transfers. It is advisable to book these directly with Hell Bay).

The price of the holiday includes:

  • Full English breakfast and evening meals
  • Tea and coffee during workshop sessions
  • One whole day and two half day workshops
  • Expert tutoring with Debbie covering various knitting techniques
  • A Debbie Abrahams knitting kit
  • A history walking guided tour of the island

Use of the outdoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna (if you are brave enough!!!)

If you are interested in booking this holiday then you can make your reservation on the Debbie Abrahams website: https://debbieabrahams.com/collections/events/products/hell-bay-retreat-2

A deposit of £300 is required to secure your booking, with the balance of your payment to be made by 21st May 2018.

I do hope that you decide to join me!

THE KAST OFF GROUP IN NORFOLK, RUN BY MBC MEMBER JEAN GOSLING, invited me to visit them last month for a Mystery Blanket workshop.  I was joined by thirteen very excited ladies for a day that involved plenty of knitting, but lots of chatting, eating and drinking too!

We enjoyed a fabulous lunch, which was provided by the group. Everyone brought along something for the buffet table and so we were spoilt for choice, including a delicious selection of desserts (big thanks to Pat for her delicious homemade pavlova and chocolate torte!)

 

Here are the group, busy working on their Mystery Blanket purses. They all did so well, and although none of them finished knitting the purse during the time we were together  – (and I didn’t expect them to!) –several of them emailed me afterwards to let me know that they had completed their project.

Thanks to everyone that came along to the workshop, and especially to Jean for organising such a lovely day out!

A WEEK LATER I WAS BACK OUT ON THE ROAD AGAIN, THIS TIME VISITING THE KNITTING CORNER IN LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE, for a workshop hosted by Doreen Humphries. I was invited to run another Mystery Blanket workshop, knitting the same purse that the ladies in Norfolk had worked on last week:

Dinah, Sue, Joanne, Claire and Katie had been to our Inspired Minds workshop retreat at Rudding Park a few months before, where the project had been knitted mandalas. So it was a lovely surprise to see them completed, and in such wonderful colourways!

Halfway through the day we enjoyed a lovely lunch at “Mabel’s” before continuing with our knitting. And then the afternoon just flew by as the ladies worked hard to get as much done as they could before it was time to pack up and go.

It was another lovely day out, spent with a fabulous group of ladies. Thanks to Doreen and Coral for making me feel so welcome at their lovely shop once again!

CATHERINE POPE FROM NOTTINGHAM HAS PERSONALIZED ONE OF THE SQUARES, which is has done beautifully! This is what Catherine had to say about her creation:

“I am making good progress with both my cushion and blanket, very therapeutic, and I wanted to share how I'd personalized one of the squares. As you may remember I'm knitting it for my son Daniel and his girlfriend Kate, so no prizes for guessing what the other 2008 square will say!

Intrigued to see what the centre square is and might think about personalizing that too. Who knew I'd end up being so adventurous!”

I warmly welcome any re-workings of my Mystery Blanket squares and it is lovely to see what Catherine has done. Thanks so much for sending in your photo, and congratulations on taking the leap and being so adventurous!

 IT’S A BIT LATE NOTICE, BUT…THE NEXT MBC MEETING AT YARN AT BEESTON IN NOTTINGHAM IS THIS EVENING ON WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER. So if you’d like to join us, why not pop down to Yarn where Sarah will be opening the doors to her lovely shop from 4pm – 6pm. Yarn is at 55 Chilwell Road, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1EN, tel: 0115 9253606, email: info@yarn-in-notts.co.uk.

I managed to make it to the meeting at Yarn last month, where a small group of us relaxed for a couple of hours with our knitting. Here is Joan Bray taking a break from her blanket squares to work on a scarf. I don’t mind what people bring along to the meetings, as long as there is plenty of knitting, good banter and a hot drink to keep us going! – which there is always is at Yarn!

SO NOW FOR THE GUESSING OF SEPTEMBER’S FIVE SQUARES. This is the monthly bit of fun where I invite you to guess from which Mystery Blanket each of the squares were inspired by. We did have a winner this month, and it was Andrea Gostick from Purley in Surrey, UK. So very well done to Andrea!  Andrea has been a lifelong member of the Mystery Blanket Club, so she thoroughly deserves to win this month’s prize!  So please choose any of the Debbie Abrahams products listed at the foot of this blog, let me know your decision and your prize will be on its way to you!

Here are the answers for the September patterns:

Square 23: First Love Affair – A French Romance (2016)

Square 24: Untitled – Arabian Nights (2009)

Square 30, both options: Untitled – Beneath The Sea (2010)

Square 31, Option One: Another Butterfly – In The Country (2008)

Square 31, Option Two: Petunia #2 – Back To The Country (2014)

Square 41, Option One: Nordic Folk  – Nordic Adventure (2013)

Square 41, Option Two: Frosty #2  – Nordic Adventure (2013)

Just as a reminder, we accept all correct answers which are emailed to us anytime up until the next blog is written, and then all of them are put in a hat and a winner picked out. That way everyone has a fair chance of winning. Next month is your last chance at having a go at the monthly squares guessing game, and you could win a prize! So way not have a go!?!

THESE ARE THE SQUARES THAT YOU WILL KNIT THIS MONTH (OCTOBER):

Square 32: Oslo – slip-stitch pattern with cabled stitches and hooked-in beads (same for both options)

Square 33, Option One: Sheep – sheep motif using the intarsia technique, beads, swiss-darning and Lazy Daisy embroidery

Square 33, Option Two: Petunia #4 – stocking stitch and garter stitch stripe pattern

Square 34: Lattice – textured pattern with travelling stitches, swiss-darned details and a button (same for both options)

Square 35, Option One: Starlight #4 – geometric intarsia motifs with swiss-darned details, beads and cables

Square 35, Option Two: Untitled – striped and beaded cables with lace stitches

Square 42: Untitled – striped pattern with textured stitches and beads

Advice on How to use this document, Working the Mystery Blanket, Knitting techniques, Knitting with beads and Embroidery on knitting fabric are NOT included in this mail out.

IT SEEMS IT’S BEEN A WELCOME RETURN FOR THE “SHEEP” IN SQUARE 33, with many of you commenting on how happy you are to see him this month! He originally appeared in the first Mystery Blanket, way back in 2008. But this time round he is slightly bigger (and fatter!), and he has a different face and legs too! However, his fleecy loops have been causing some of you a problem. So I am going to give you some extra advice on how to keep those loops in place. After wrapping the yarn around your thumb and knitting a second time into the stitch on the left-hand needle, pull the loop forward firmly and hold it down as you pass the slipped stitch over. Then give the loop another pull as you purl past it on the next row. You should then find that the loops stay a good length without disappearing into the back of the work. You want your little sheep to be nice and fluffy and not bald! There are also four Lazy Daisy flowers to be embroidered onto this square. The instructions for Lazy Daisy embroidery are on page 7, but if you need extra help with the technique, it might be a good idea to check out one of the numerous demos of it on YouTube.

SQUARE 34, LATTICE IS ALMOST THE SAME AS SQUARE 16, but there is one small difference. The embroidery is a mirror-image of Square 16. So take extra care to make sure that you swiss-darn the little squares in the correct diamonds!

SQUARE 35, STARLIGHT #4 (OPTION ONE), IS THE SISTER SQUARE TO NUMBER 15, but it has a different date embroidered onto it, and the cables twist in the opposite direction.  It would also be advisable not to swiss-darn the Candy stitches on the left-hand edge of the knitting on Chart Rows 17 and 39 as these will be caught into the seam when the squares are sewn together.

SO YOU CAN GET YOURSELVES ORGANISED FOR NEXT MONTH’S EDGING INSTRUCTIONS…I am going to tell which needles you need. If you have been using the suggested needle size of 3.75mm, then you will need two 3.00mm circular needles to knit the edging – one needle to pick up with and the other to knit onto. They need to be a minimum of 80cm length if you want to knit comfortably. You will also need a pair of 2.75mm and 3.00mm needles (these can be straight or circular, whichever you prefer). If you have had to change your suggested needle size for the blanket, you will need to change the size of the needles for your edging up or down accordingly.

WITH SIX STRIPS OF THE BLANKET COMPLETED AFTER THIS MONTH, you could start sewing them together – if you haven’t already done so. However, when it comes to picking up the stitches for the edging, it will be easier to do this if the blanket is still in strips, or in two large blocks. If you are planning to sew together strips 1-3 and 5-7, then this is fine. But I would advise not to sew in the final strip (the one in the middle, strip 4) until after you have knitted the left and right edgings. You won’t get the pattern for the edgings until next month, so this is just a warning ahead of the next set of patterns.

I HAVE GIVEN ADVICE IN A PREVIOUS BLOG ABOUT MATTRESS STITCH FOR SEWING UP. But I thought it might be worth repeating it this month. So here it is again for those of you that may have missed it the first time round…I always prefer to do any finishing that I can as I go along as it saves time at the end of the project, plus you see the blanket really starting to take shape. You can use any method you like to join your squares and/or strips together. However, there are several reasons why I prefer to use Mattress stitch. It is a very precise technique which draws the knitted fabric together row by row, so you can match up patterns exactly. You work with the right-side of the work facing towards you, so at all times you can see how the seam is progressing. If you do happen to go wrong, it is very easy to undo. And you can use any colour to sew up with as it is an invisible seam and you will not be able to see the stitches. So this is how it works. First of all you need to look very closely at your knitting and identify the edge stitch. In stocking stitch this is an open “V”. Then you need to find the bar between the edge stitch and the next stitch in – there is one for each row (stitch). It is these bars, between the edge stitch and the next stitch in, that you need to insert your needle under to sew up. These bars exist in every piece of knitting, even in textured knitting. So you need to get yourself familiar with them and where they are as they are essential if you want to use Mattress stitch. Once you have identified these bars, you can start sewing up as follows using a blunt-ended needle and a choice of any of the yarns in the blanket kit – although I would avoid yarns that are more likely to break easily, such as Felted Tweed and Rowan Tweed:

Vertical (to sew together your strips): before you start sewing the strips together, it will really help you if you make a note of the number of rows in each square. Then you will be able to work out where you need to ease in rows if one square has more rows in it than another. I found this a massive help when I sewed together my strips. This is how Mattress stitch works vertically: with right sides facing and with two strips sitting next to each other, take the needle from the back to the front of the work under two bars at a time, inserting the needle under the bar between the edge stitch and the next stitch in. To keep the edges level at the bottom, begin by taking the needle under the first bar of the first square (the one on the left), then take the needle under the first bar and the next one up (two bars) of the second square (the one on the right). After this take the needle under two bars on each side, zig-zagging back and forth between the two strips, and making sure that your needle always goes back into the same gap between the bars each time you take it under the bars.

Horizontal (if you have not worked in strips and need to sew the squares together): with right sides facing, lay the squares flat with square one at the bottom and square two above square one (and so on throughout the strip). Beginning at the right-hand side of the work, take the needle from back to front of work through half a stitch of square one, inserting the needle just below the cast-off edge. Then take the needle under one whole stitch of square two, inserting the needle just above the cast-on edge. After this continue to take the needle under one whole stitch on each square. This means that on square one the needle is always coming up through the middle of stitches and on square two the needle is coming up between the stitches.

I also have some extra advice about sewing together the squares that have different numbers of rows in them. For example, for Option One, Square 15 has 55 rows and Square 8 has 54 rows. So when you sew these two squares together you need to ease one row to make them fit together perfectly. You can ease using Mattress stitch by taking the needle under one bar instead of two on Square 8. I would advise that you do this in the middle of the seam. If with other squares there are more rows to ease in then you can repeat this as many times as required along the edge that needs to be eased in, dividing the number of easings as equally as possible along the seam. It is easy to do and you won’t be able to see the easing on the seams – it’s invisible and actually quite brilliant! So give it a go!!!

TO HELP YOU PLAN OUT YOUR SEWING UP AND PICKING UP STITCHES, I HAVE CREATED THESE GRIDS FOR OPTION ONE AND OPTION TWO, which tell you the stitches and rows for each square that you need to either join and/or pick up stitches along. I will include it in the final mail-out, but I thought some of you might find it useful now:

 

Square 7

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 14

39 sts

52 rows

 

 

Square 21

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 28

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 35

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 42

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 49

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 6

41 sts

51 rows

 

 

Square 13

41 sts

43 rows

 

 

Square 20

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 27

39 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 34

39 sts

65 rows

 

 

Square 41

41 sts

43 rows

 

 

Square 48

41 sts

54 rows

 

Square 5

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 12

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 19

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 26

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 33

40 sts

53 rows

 

 

Square 40

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 47

41 sts

54 rows

 

Square 4

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 11

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 18

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 25

41 sts

52 rows

 

 

Square 32

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 39

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 46

41 sts

55 rows

 

Square 3

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 10

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 17

40 sts

53 rows

 

 

Square 24

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 31

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 38

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 45

41 sts

54 rows

 

Square 2

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 9

41 sts

43 rows

 

 

Square 16

39 sts

65 rows

 

Square 23

39 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 30

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 37

41 sts

43 rows

 

Square 44

41 sts

51 rows

 

Square 1

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 8

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 15

41 sts

55 rows

 

Square 22

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 29

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 36

39 sts

52 rows

 

Square 43

41 sts

56 rows

 

This grid shows the number of stitches and row for each square in the Option One blanket to help you with your piecing together and picking up stitches.

 

Square 7

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 14

39 sts

52 rows

 

 

Square 21

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 28

40 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 35

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 42

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 49

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 6

41 sts

51 rows

 

 

Square 13

41 sts

65 rows

 

 

Square 20

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 27

39 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 34

39 sts

65 rows

 

 

Square 41

41 sts

65 rows

 

 

Square 48

41 sts

54 rows

 

Square 5

45 sts

53 rows

 

 

Square 12

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 19

40 sts

60 rows

 

 

Square 26

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 33

40 sts

60 rows

 

 

Square 40

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 47

45 sts

52 rows

 

Square 4

45 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 11

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 18

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 25

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 32

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 39

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 46

45 sts

56 rows

 

Square 3

41 sts

53 rows

 

 

Square 10

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 17

40 sts

60 rows

 

 

Square 24

41 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 31

40 sts

60 rows

 

 

Square 38

39 sts

57 rows

 

 

Square 45

41 sts

53 rows

 

Square 2

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 9

41 sts

65 rows

 

 

Square 16

39 sts

65 rows

 

Square 23

39 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 30

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 37

41 sts

65 rows

 

Square 44

41 sts

51 rows

 

Square 1

41 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 8

41 sts

54 rows

 

 

Square 15

41 sts

55 rows

 

Square 22

40 sts

56 rows

 

 

Square 29

41 sts

55 rows

 

 

Square 36

39 sts

52 rows

 

Square 43

41 sts

56 rows

 

This grid shows the number of stitches and row for each square in the Option Two blanket to help you with your piecing together and picking up stitches.

AND NOW FOR THE MUCH ANTICIPATED REVEAL OF THE TITLE OF THIS YEARS’ MYSTERY BLANKET!!! With so many letters revealed in my monthly “guess the title” quiz, I know that most of you have already solved the mystery. But for anyone out there who is still guessing, your time is up!

The title of this year’s Mystery Blanket for 2017 is…”RETROSPECTIVE”.

Because 2017 marked the ten year anniversary of my Mystery Blanket Club, I decided that it seemed only right and proper to look back and pay tribute to the previous nine blankets in my Mystery Blanket collection – hence the title “Retrospective”. You might think that re-working squares that I have already designed would be an easy task – but far from it! I began the process in my usual way by creating a mood board of images for the blanket. But unlike all the other blankets where I would collect images related to a theme, this time I laid out all the Mystery Blankets and picked out all of the squares that I thought would work best together in one design. I then found the patterns in my archived files, and printed off the images of all the squares that were a possibility for my new design, choosing “greyscale” rather than colour so that I could focus on the pattern work and not be distracted by the colours. Next I put all of the images into separate categories – vertical textured patterns such as cables and ribs, horizontal textured patterns, stripes, intarsia motifs, fairisle patterns and beaded patterns. Then I started to map out on a grid of 49 squares where the different patterns would be placed, making sure as I always do that there was a harmonious balance of pattern and texture – with, of course, a strong symmetrical element. It was at this point that I worked on the colour palette – which I had to select in a completely different way to how I would usually go about it as I did not have a” theme” as such to create a palette from. When I run Design courses I suggest that participants bring along with them a selection of greetings cards from which they can take inspiration for their designs. And this is exactly what I did for this year’s blanket. Over the years I have collected a vast amount of greeting cards and postcards, purchasing them whenever I see any that catch my eye for colour or patterning. So for this design I delved into my box of cards and found one which I thought was sympathetic to my “Retrospective” blanket, slightly “vintage” in its look, combining together a soft but cheery range of colours that embraced the whole spectrum of colours – from blues, greens and purples to oranges, yellows, browns, pinks, reds, greys and ecru.

From this I went straight to the Rowan shade cards and made my yarn selections, opting to use as many different yarns as I could, combining some of the more rare discontinued yarns such as Wool Cotton and Rowan Tweed with some of Rowan’s more recent additions to the range, Softyak and Baby Silk Merino DK. So with my colour palette sorted and a grid for the layout in place, I was ready to start knitting the squares for the new blanket. Some of them were quite straightforward to do and worked very easily. However, the majority of them needed a lot of work and I did several reknits, tweaking colours, stitches and patterns, before I got a result I was 100% happy with. And as the blanket progressed and started to take shape, I made several changes to the design itself, swapping the position of some of the squares, and changing some of them completely, taking them out and replacing them with other squares. It was a very organic process that had twists and turns, sometimes going back and then suddenly leaping forward. But it was a fantastic process to go through, a real challenge for me as designer, and it gave me the opportunity to look back across the last decade of my Mystery Blanket Club designs and rework some of my most favourite squares – which hopefully are some of your favourites too. I really hope you have enjoyed this knitting adventure with me this year, and hope you decide to join me for the next one in 2018!

AND FINALLY FOR THIS POSTING...THE NINTH 2017 MYSTERY BLANKET CLUB PRIZE DRAW!!! Each month a member is picked at random to win a Debbie Abrahams prize.

PRIZE DRAW EIGHT (OCTOBER): this month’s winner is member 30, Margie Coleman  from Grantham, UK. Well done Margie! Please choose a prize from the following selection:
• a Debbie Abrahams book: Blankets and Throws to Knit/More Blankets and Throws To Knit/25 Beaded Knits/Kaleidoscope
• a Debbie Abrahams dvd: More Blankets/A Professional Finish
• 4 packs of Debbie Abrahams Beads from the selection on http://www.debbieabrahamsbeads.co.uk
• a £15 voucher towards a Debbie Abrahams Mystery Club (Cushion or Blanket)
I will contact Margie directly to discuss her choice.

JUST IN CASE YOU WERE A WINNER BUT HAVE NOT CLAIMED YOUR PRIZE, here is the list of all the winners from months 1-9. If your name is on the list and you haven’t claimed your prize then email Sue at sue@debbieabrahams.com and she will get it sorted for you:

February:  Linda Schaefer (member 546)

March: Cherry Wilcock (member 118)

April: Merridee Dobbeck (member 512)

May: Mary Shepherd (member 80)

June:) Judy Shoulders (member 178

July: Alison Platt (member 58)

August: Billie Dyer (member 494)

September: Sanna RauhamÃki (member 465)

October: Margie Coleman (member 30)

As we start the countdown to the end of this year’s Mystery Blanket, the excitement is beginning to mount as we get ever closer to the finishing line! Next month I have some very helpful advice from Dinah in Walsall about how to line your Mystery Blanket – a question I get asked a lot and don’t know how to answer properly! So we can all look forward to that. And if you have any Mystery Blanket stories or photos to send to me for the November blog, then I would love to hear from you. Enjoy your penultimate set of squares and I will see you back here next month for the final blog for 2017! Take care, Debbie x


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  • Thanks so much, Debbie, for the sewing up grid. That’s such a help.
    When I was reading your notes about sewing together squares that have different numbers of rows I was thinking that I’d need to go back to each pattern as it seemed such a good idea for getting a really professional finish.
    And then … dah dah … there’s the grid.
    Best wishes, Christine

    Christine Haigh

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