This is how it works: you see something fabulous on Flickr, send the link to your mum and five weeks later she gives you the most amazing present ever, made by the hands that wiped your nose as a child and applauded your every success. Isn't she clever?! She didn't have a pattern, she just… did it. I don't have a crafty bone in my body, but my mother and sister are both wizzes with needles, fabrics and crochet hooks – they have that inner resevoir of handmade knowledge that means they can whip up a pair of curtains or a laptop sleeve blindfolded. Sewing on buttons is all i can really manage.
Mum, thank you so much for my blanket – you've made me a heirloom and I'm going to treasure it forever x