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Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

My meadow blanket: progress report...



This is how my long-term blanket knitting project is progressing.  I'm calling it my meadow blanket because that is the name of the main colour.  I know it looks more like mud in my photo but it really is a lovely soft green and beige mixture.  The meadow wool is on the cone to the left of the photo.  It is only 2 ply so I am rolling it up into balls and using 4 strands together.  I quite enjoy the rolling process and find it therapeutic at the end of a busy day.

I was originally just going to knit the whole blanket in one colour but started to get a bit bored.  So I looked in my wool bag for inspiration.  I decided to keep to muted earthy tones.  First of all I combined some brown sock wool with a cream coned yarn and just kept knitting the stripe until the brown wool was used up.  Now I am back with the meadow wool and will knit most of the rest of the blanket with it.  Later I will knit another stripe using grey sock wool with more of the cream coned yarn.  The sock wool and cream yarn have been sitting in my wool bag for months and this is the ideal project to use them up.

When I have finished, I am planning to crochet a border with the yellow and green wool.  Hopefully, that will bring out the colours of the meadow wool and brighten it up.  If I have enough green and yellow wool left I will embroider some flowers.  

This will definitely be a blanket for giving away.  I'm not in any hurry to finish it though.  The meadow wool is lovely to knit with and the blanket is so warm it is the perfect winter project.

9 comments:

  1. You are a saint working with 2 ply - I just love those colours my favourite, cant wait to see it growing x

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  2. Blankets are an undertaking in any circumstance, but a blanket with 2 ply... even doubled. My goodness. :-D

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  3. I echo the sentiments of your previous commenters - 2ply!!!! It'll look spectacular by the time you've finished and you'll be justifiably proud! Can't wait to see! ;-)

    (but....2ply - eek!)

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  4. My halo is a little tarnished. I'm using the 2 ply quadrupled, so it is more like 8 ply or double knitting wool. I agree I could never knit with 2 ply on its own. I was determined to use this because it is lovely and soft and I hate to see anything wasted.

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  5. I think your blanket is looking great. I like the idea of adding in earthy colors. Cant wait to see it finished!

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  6. Interesting way to use up 2 ply - rather you than me. I love knitted blankets - nothing ever falls so cozily around one's feet.

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  7. Oh that is so beautiful! I just don't seem to have the knack for knitting or crocheting although I know how to do both. I'll see some wonderful yarn and think "OK NOW I'll be able to do this", buy it, try some simple stitches, and then give the whole thing to a knitter friend LOLOLOL But I know I'm going to enjoy seeing your creations.

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  8. Good choice not to knit with only one thickness of the two ply, it just takes so long. I knitted a ring shawl in two ply and it was lovely, just like a web but took for ever and yes at the end the shawl could be pulled through my wedding ring. Love your choice of earthy colours.

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  9. i dont know knitting but i do like it
    beautiful ...
    follow my blog mscreations27.blogspot.com
    all the best
    maria

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