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Magpie Monday – blanket and coaster

March 19, 2012

I’ve found another crochet blanket to add to my collection!

Crochet blanket

 Once again, this blanket came from the local Oxfam shop. There were three others in stock at the same time, but this one was the nicest by far. The colours are lovely and bright, and some of the acrylic yarn has a bit of sparkle to it (though you may not be able to see this on the photos). The price was really good too – only £4.99.

Aled really likes this blanket and has put it in his play tent.

The blanket is now in the play tent!

Denby Arabesque coaster

The other item that caught my eye at the weekend was a handpainted coaster from the highly covetable Denby Arabesque range for the bargain price of £3.  (When I got home I checked on eBay and there was a similar coaster listed for £7.99 plus p&p, and larger items in the Arabesque range are going for silly money).

I’m pleased to have a small item from the Arabesque range because I have liked this design ever since I first saw it at a friend’s house in the early 1990s. But I’ve assured my husband that I am not planning to collect the whole set because we have neither the storage space nor the money to do this!

I’m linking up with this week’s Magpie Monday at the Me & My Shadow blog.

Me and My Shadow

29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 10:24 am

    A real retro vibe to this weeks finds!

    You know I love crochet blankets and I love Arabesque too. My Aunt has the whole set displayed in her dining room. I covet it every time I visit!

    Thanks for linking up x

    • March 19, 2012 1:46 pm

      We have a 1960s house so I like things with a retro vibe to go with it 😉

      I’m not surprised your covet your aunt’s set of Arabesque – it is one of the most stylish designs Denby has ever done.

  2. Missus Tribble permalink
    March 19, 2012 10:50 am

    My grandmother had the entire Denby Memories crockery set – including teapot – and that always brought some sentimental whimsy to our meal times. That coaster is adorable.

    I love the blanket; I have a friend who makes the most incredible shawls – but she’s in the States so I can’t afford to order one from her!

    • March 19, 2012 1:53 pm

      We have the Denby Luxor set. I chose it in my 20s because it is very nice for serving takeaway curry 😉

      It might be worth seeing if you can find someone who is based in the UK who will make the kind of shawls you like. Etsy and Folksy may be good places to look.

  3. midcenturystuff permalink
    March 19, 2012 11:12 am

    Very pretty blanket. I like the pattern and stitch. I’ve been teaching myself to crochet, but have yet to move beyond potholders.

    • March 19, 2012 1:50 pm

      I keep meaning to learn how to crochet. I tried teaching myself from a book but failed miserably. So I probably need to find a course.

  4. March 19, 2012 12:36 pm

    Oh, that blanket has my heart all a flutter. x

  5. March 19, 2012 2:31 pm

    The blanket is gorgeous, my Mum made some like this that we had around when we were little, I wonder what happened to them. I’d love to be able to make something like this one day, crochet blanket is on my craft bucket list, after I’ve learned to crochet of course!

    • March 20, 2012 7:23 am

      I like the idea of a craft bucket list! But I think I’ll try to finish some current unfinished projects before starting to learn a new craft.

  6. tiggsybabes permalink
    March 19, 2012 3:07 pm

    I love them both 🙂 We have a lot of denby that we had as engagement & then wedding gifts, but the range is now discontinued. I look out for it in charity shops too. We gradually have less & less over the years as things get dropped & chipped.

    • DigForTea permalink
      March 19, 2012 3:09 pm

      PS< I'm really DigForTea, but wordpress seems to be linking to my old profile.

    • March 20, 2012 7:28 am

      We have Denby Luxor, which was discontinued about 18 months after we bought it. I’ve found some items in charity shops to replace broken things. I also keep an eye on eBay, but rarely buy items from there as the prices seem to be rising all the time.

      I remember you as Tiggsybabes from LiveJournal, but I know you’re also DigForTea now. I have multiple names online too. I was RuthJ on LJ, and nyssapod almost everywhere else, and I’m still nyssapod on audioboo and Pinterest.

  7. March 19, 2012 3:15 pm

    That blanket has my heart pumping too – it’s so hard to find really good colour combinations but that’s a beauty!!

  8. March 19, 2012 4:48 pm

    Pretty blanket. More often than not they are in not very desirable colour combinations but that one is lovely.

    • March 20, 2012 7:35 am

      The three blankets I left in the shop were not such nice colours, so this one was the obvious one to pick.

  9. March 19, 2012 8:04 pm

    what lovely finds, I really love those blankets 🙂

  10. March 19, 2012 9:57 pm

    Love both your finds there… I tried to teach myself to crochet as well… but I never got anywhere.. I just couldn’t get the hang of it! I make up for it by buying lots of crochet blankets…

    • March 20, 2012 7:32 am

      Yes I find that buying crochet blankets is easier (and cheaper) than trying to make my own. Especially as the local Oxfam shop seems to be a good place to find them.

  11. March 20, 2012 12:38 pm

    Love the blanket. Adore the tent! 🙂

  12. March 20, 2012 7:08 pm

    I’ve had to use another email addres to comment, not sure what’s up.
    Really love your treasure, both are complete bargains and very pretty!

  13. plus2point4 permalink
    March 20, 2012 8:10 pm

    I love the blanket! I can only crochet granny squares at the momment and failed miserably at flowers.You got a good find there.

    • March 29, 2012 6:46 pm

      I think this blanket is rather like a big granny square. I’m hoping that I may learn to crochet someday.

  14. March 21, 2012 12:21 pm

    Gorgeous blanket! One day I’ll attempt my own…

    • March 29, 2012 6:47 pm

      My little boy loves this blanket, but I think he’ll be an adult before I work out how to crochet!


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