About nine years ago, when I finally moved out on my own, my father began rennovating the basement in their house.
In a matter of months, my old bedroom was turned into the dye studio. A small portion of the sitting area got turned into a workroom for him. And bit by bit, as time and money have allowed, he's turned the rest of it into a comfy family room - with his own decorating style. (Cabin in the woods meets country farmstead).
Last month, he finally got the floor finished and moved some furniture in.
So I've started working on something very special for him to open on Christmas day.
I found the "Spirit Bear" square at the start of the year while looking for other colourwork projects and it got my wheels turning. The designer of the chart has a whole series of "spirit" animals. I'd originally considered a pillow or two, but then I got to thinking about a nice big blanket, as the basement can get a little chilly.
Dad's favourite colour is green, so I dug out some Regia Silk 6-Ply from the stash. I have 14 balls of it. I'd bought it ages ago for a sweater, but found it just a touch too scratchy. I've paired it with some natural Stray Cat.
I'm not sure how many squares I'll be able to make before I run out of Regia. But I have an endless supply of the Stray Cat, so I can make plain or textured squares to fill in if I need to.
It's going to fun watching this one come together over the course of the year!