Anyway, be that as it may, the finished article is now ensconced in its final destination and I think it looks quite good. H is very pleased with it and that, after all, is all that matters.
I used Lucy of Attic 24's Granny Stripe Pattern which you can find here. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. Lucy used a whole rainbow of colours in hers and if I were to make another this is what I would do rather than keep to a more restricted palette like this one. But although perhaps less fun to do, keeping to this palette has had the effect I wanted - bold, bright and definitely-not-too-feminine.
I used a 4 mm hook and Rico Creative Cotton yarn which I really like working with. It's not always easy to obtain all the colours in the range but it's worth a bit of hunting around for. It's not expensive (always good news for blankets because they use so much!), the colours are clear and bright and blankets made with it have a lovely, heavy softness about them. What I particularly love about all crochet blankets is that they are wonderfully snuggly and warm but never stifling - they breathe with you and the ambient temperature somehow in a way that I've not found with other blankets. Perhaps it's all the holes that allow for fluctuation in temperature. Not sure - physics was never my subject!
The chicken is not part of the normal layout of the bed. He is the doorstop but he migrated here when he saw me taking the photos! I made him out of off-cuts of H's curtains a few years ago and he is stuffed with popping-corn maize to give him a decent weight - a bit like our birdie visitors yesterday after their breakfast visit! This cockerel is less intimidating however than yesterday's and, also unlike yesterday's, is amenable to being moved on at whim! Clearly he likes reading too!
... of tea and an Easter cup cake (or two!)