I have a confession: I've been putting this blog post off mostly because I'm a chicken. I've seen Jody Pyott's designs probably 100 times. She's a genius. She takes 3 stitches and makes masterpieces. Her skills are pretty astounding. I'm not sure that I could create the same amazing works of art she has made available in pattern form. I'm a little intimidated if I'm honest. However, I decided that writing about her work would be the first step to tackling a piece.
I was first introduced to Jody Pyott on Facebook. Her gorgeous work began making the rounds in those posts people share with something like "Wow have you seen this?" written at the top. Of course I hadn't and immediately felt, no way. I couldn't even begin to touch that skill. The "Sunshine" blanket was the first blanket I saw making a big splash. You can see why. It also touched my heart because it was a song I used to hear sung as a kid. A little sentimental tug at the heart strings. I followed her designs at a bit of a distance because I honestly thought I'd never pick up how she made those cool squares.
It turns out that Jody Pyott makes her designs with 3 stitches. Okay so yea, some of the blankets have a lot of squares but it is reassuring that the blankets do not require a lot of over-the-top skills to create. I think it's marvelous! That being said there's nothing simplistic about the finished product. The themes of her blankets range from baby to anniversary blankets. She has created blankets with Bible verses and blankets designed for family members. Of course you know my favorites are going to be the baby blankets. ;)
When I saw the array of blanket themes listed on Jody Pyott's Etsy shop entitled Color & Shape Design (LLC) I was impressed. Naturally I made a "beeline" for the Baby Blankets. I LOVE the sentiments expressed. Most of the blankets have words written in the bobble stitches (a crochet stitch) along with the pictures. Obviously Jody Pyott is incredibly thoughtful. I could probably write the rest of the blog about these blankets but I have chosen three that I think will give the idea. Three blankets that will be a cherished gift and will also be a privilege to make. At least it would be for me :)
The natural segue might be to discuss the family blankets. I love my family so I think it is lovely that Jody Pyott created blankets especially to give to family. I have 2 sisters and great parents. It's very cool that Jody created blankets for brothers, sisters, moms and dads. I am partial of course to the "Sister" blanket which reads "Sister, you are a mirror shining back at me a world of possibilities, you are loved". Now there's love stitched into a blanket for sure. Try to get through the rest of this blog without crying my eyes out. Goodness!
I am a BIG fan of giving blankets as wedding gifts. I was given several beautiful handmade gifts which I still have in my possession all these years later. The fact that someone would take the time to make a handmade gift for one of the biggest moments in life is a beautiful thing is it not? Jody Pyott's wedding and anniversary blankets experess in words what we feel. It's wonderful. What a great way to celebrate.
Two of my favorites are the "Forever" blanket and the "Loves" blankets these express the whole hearted nature of marriage.
If you are looking for a general gift to give someone as a house warming gift, birthday present, or maybe a gift for someone who needs a handmade hug, check out these beautiful designs available on either Ravelry (join up!... its free) or Etsy
As a person of faith myself I really appreciate Color & Shape Designs Bible blankets. There are not many designers who have created as many blankets that share Scripture. These blankets will bring comfort to people struggling or uplift with a favorite Bible verse. I really appreciate "Be Still" and "Psalm 4:8". Comforting, warm, and uplifting. I do thank Jody Pyott for her commitment to creating these blankets.
A couple of final points. Jody Pyott has several patterns in the French language. For my neighbors to the north in Quebec may find these patterns easier to use. Living almost on the border with Canada, I have learned to keep my eye out for patterns in French. Also Color & Shape Design has a YouTube page where Jody Pyott explains the manner in which she counts stitches and how she joins squares. Lastly you can find 62 of Color & Shape Designs patterns on Ravelry.
I would like to thank Jody Pyott for ALL her work. I can imagine just how much commitment it takes to writing these patterns for sale. They are beautiful and challenging. You can find more of Color & Shape Design on Facebook. I'm going to have to start slowly and work my way up to the more difficult pieces.
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