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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!!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Angel pocket...




When summer arrives, I tend to feel more inclined to use up my 4 ply yarn.  It is a dwindling supply mainly made up of odd balls.  It barely fills a carrier bag.  But, as it goes a long way, it takes me a long time to even make a dent in it.  I'm very aware that most of the things I knit or crochet are the opposite of delicate.  The word "clunky" comes to mind.  So, I occasionally relish the opportunity to make something more refined.

I decided to knit an angel pocket and found what I thought was the perfect size ball of pale blue yarn.   Anyone who has knitted one of these angel pockets will know that you first knit a diamond shape. Then you pick up the stitches along two sides and knit a triangle shape to form the pocket.  When I finished the pale blue diamond, I knew that I would not have enough yarn to knit the triangle.  I have other blue yarn but the shades didn't look good together.  

As I couldn't match the blue, I decided to use white instead.  But I used up all my 4 ply white yarn last year.  So, I had to go out and buy a ball.  I can't remember the last time I bought yarn, but it definitely wasn't in the past twelve months. I like the way the white looks with the blue though, so it was all a happy accident.

The pattern I used was this one from Ray of Hope.  I knitted the third size which, according to the pattern, should have used 40g of yarn.  I don't know why but I actually used 60g.  I have made a note on my pattern as I will knit this again.  When I have enough for a small parcel it will go off to one of the Preemie charities. 

Meanwhile, my 4 ply collection has grown by an almost complete 100g ball of white yarn.  Hey ho.

12 comments:

  1. That's called the rule of the stash, increased by replacing the ball too small to finish the job.

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  2. It turned out lovely, Una. I wish I had your discipline when it comes to not buying yarn. :-)

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  3. That is so delicate and looks exactly as though it was planned that way.

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  4. It's so sweet Una, the way I see it you have to replenish supplies, especially when you know you are going to use it and white can be teamed with any of your stash balls if you find you don't have quite enough. :) xx

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  5. What a lovely thing to make. Good job using your stash too.

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  6. You made me laugh when you said you hadn't bought any yarn in a very long time -- clearly everybody knows YOU are the one to give their orphan yarn to!! That's truly wonderful because you always use it for such good causes, and you are so blazing FAST :) BTW, what is an angel pocket? I'm not familiar with it, and don't know what it's used for.

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    1. Angel pockets are used by hospital staff when a very premature baby is born. They can be too small for normal baby clothes. Some of them sadly don't survive and are sometimes called "angels."

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  7. What a sweet and caring thing to make, Una. I'd never heard of Angel Pockets before.

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  8. Angel pocket! What a name!
    Una, what kind of yarn material you use to knit for babies?
    I have started to knit a wool baby blanket, only to know later that pure wool is not preferred.

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    1. I find that charities usually ask for acrylic yarn to be used because it washes easier than wool. But I am sure some parents would like the real wool blanket.

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    2. Thanks, Una. Your reply gives me confidence to continue. ��

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