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!!