Thanks so much for all the congratulations :-)
I am highly amused to find out more than one fellow blogger thinks I'm blonde. I didn't realise I appeared to be having so much fun :-) And I know there aren't many photos of me turning up on this site - D doesn't have a digital camera and rarely uses mine - but if you go here you'll see I haven't exactly been hiding. If I had a scanner I could show you I used to be blonde - some 35 plus years ago - but like a lot of other things, I grew out of it.
And here's evidence that I really have been having fun.
This project is a mixed outcome for me. I love the colours - so vibrant and rich - and I think the pond and lily pad motif works nicely. And of course I just love its feltness, all fuzzy and cuddly and wonderfully handmade.
I've learned that felting something very large is a logistical nightmare, and I understand why people join segments after felting. The join between the purple and the orange hasn't felted properly, so I'm going to have to fix them together somehow. I had entertained the idea of backing the blanket, so I now I think I am committed to a spot of quilting to keep it all together.
I am also a bit disappointed by the uneven shape, the way the red seems to have shrunk so much less than the purple and orange, so now I have to decide how to compromise between a nice regular symmetrical quilt finish and retaining the organic outline of the shape as it is. I could essentially make the backing and simply sew this shape on the top, or I could trim this down and fit it inside a border. Decisions decisions. But I'm keen to get back on the horse, to try a few more felt projects and see what I can do. Right now though the new projects have to be put to one side while I take care of some more pressing matters.
I have just reached that stage where my regular clothes are a bit too much of a squeeze, but I'm not quite right in maternity clothes either. Hello trackie daks! Which is fine so long as I don't leave the house.... Anyway I'm now on notice that the days are counting down till I'm going to be needing my new wardrobe, you know that one I haven't made yet. So I'm allowed nothing more than lusting over craft books till the jobs are done. Perhaps all the blondes are having more fun?