No garden happy today, a craft happy instead. I've finished the practice blanket. It was hard to photo and I couldn't get the sides straight - they are just too soft. However, I noticed that Diana, the creator, didn't get her sides absolutely straight in the book either so that's OK!
Phew - there's a fair bit of learning in this effort.
No, it's not brilliant. For a start, I didn't use the same type of yarn throughout and that makes a difference. Also, the colours are not amazing.
I need to focus on my tension - it's a bit loose, I think. I've never done much crochet, focusing on knitting instead; my knitting tension is fine.
And when it says something like 'mark every seventeenth row' - DO IT. Don't assume it is not strictly speaking necessary. It is!!
However, it's soft and snuggly, definitely cot sized so usefully substantial, and I will be so pleased to wrap it in a bin bag and pop it in the Sally Army recycling so it can go to a family that needs it. That makes me happy.