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!!

Monday, 1 April 2013

One blanket finished, another started....

Here's the finished shocking pink blanket.  It measures 28" square and I will eventually send this off to a charity that supplies blankets to newborn babies.  I thought I was running out of wool, so the centre of the blanket is knitted from different balls of various shades of pink.  I edged the blanket with one row of crochet in white to bring it all together.

As it turned out, I had enough of the stripy wool left to knit 2 baby hats.  Having placed the hats on the blanket for this photo, I don't think there would have been enough wool to knit a stripy pattern repeat in the centre of the blanket.  The really scientific way to work it out would have involved using a small digital weighing scales.  I don't have this type of scales and can't really justify buying one.  So, hey ho,  we have a blanket and 2 hats.

I've just started my next diagonal blanket:

I'm using a ball of baby wool in white with pink, green, blue, lilac and yellow flecks.  The random, pearly  effect of the flecks is a nice change from the almost regimented pattern of the pink stripy wool.  I'm also still trying to use up the cone of fine pink 2 ply yarn.  The stripy blanket barely made a dent in this cone!!  I'll just keep using it for various blankets until it's finished.  

The flecks in the baby wool make the plain garter stitch look a bit more like moss stitch and the coned yarn is giving a faint background pink tint.  That makes it a bit more feminine, which I don't think is a problem as the pink flecks already made it more suitable for a girl.

I have weighed the baby wool on my kitchen scales.  They are not very accurate but I will hopefully be able to judge better when to start to decrease the number of stitches.  Unlike the stripy blanket, this one doesn't have any obvious pattern repeats.  So I should be able to keep going and turn the corner on the right row.  Only time will tell!!


  1. I love it! I've made smaller diagonal squares to stitch together, but never thought of making one big one as a blanket! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing, Una.


  2. I really like the SHOCKING pink blanket. :-D I think it's pretty nifty.

  3. I love your blankets, well done Una.

  4. Love your vibrant pink blanket and bonus hats!
    Your new blanket looks so pretty too!
    Ali x

  5. It's beautiful Una so pretty :)

  6. Your work is so neat and professional looking. Impressive!


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