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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!!

Monday, 30 January 2017

The déja vu blanket...






The blogging world is a marvellous, friendly place. Jo who writes the inspiring Three Stories High blog contacted me a few weeks ago to offer some baby yarn. Of course, I said yes...what else? So I soon received 200g of  Water Wheel Comfy 4ply in a soft shade of green. I haven't heard of this brand before and there is no barcode on the labels. I might be wrong, but I usually take that to mean the yarn is vintage.

Jo suggested it would be suitable for preemie knitting. I looked through my patterns and eventually settled on an old favourite called Daphne's Blanket. Sadly, there no longer seems to be a working link to the pattern. Luckily, I printed it off a few years ago. 

I love this pattern because it is easy and gives a puffy lozenge texture to the blanket. I'm calling this one "Déja vu" partly because I have knitted it several times. The other reason is that it would now be twice as long if I hadn't had to rip back about 2 inches!  It was turning out very flat and it took me a while to realise why. I thought I could remember the pattern and ploughed on through it. But I was garter stitching instead of purling on some of the rows.  Eeek!

I tried to convince myself that it looked just as good flat. But my heart wasn't in it. So, after 3 honey sandwiches and some chocolate, I pulled out the needle and ripped back to where I had started to go wrong.  Taking inspiration from my new blog button, I managed to keep calm while doing it. I'm glad I did because Mark II is looking lovely. 

I think I will be able to knit 2 preemie blankets with this yarn and they will eventually go off to a Preemie charity. Thanks again to Jo. Her blog is well worth a visit.  She is a clever crafter who makes something every day and writes regularly about it.


11 comments:

linda said...

That's a pretty one Una a very unusual pattern, I hate having to pull back knitting I always seem to loose some loops pulling back crochet is so much easier. That was so generous of Joe to send you the yarn it's a lovely colour. :) x

Joanne Noragon said...

The pattern is lovely. Great color, too.

Maria said...

That's a lovely pattern, Una. What a shame it's been discontinued. A while ago I pinned a Deramore's pattern, planning to buy it if I wanted to make a new baby blanket...when I heard there was a new granddaughter due this year, I went to buy it and it was discontinued. 🙁

Julie said...

Such a pretty pattern, not one I have seen before. I would imagine the warmth traps between the lozenge shapes making it a real cosy blanket.

Amy at love made my home said...

Lovely of Jo to share with you, she is such a kind person - as are you! - and your kindness in making something to donate is also lovely!

Barbara Roche said...

What a lovely donation! Daphne's pattern is the one I make for preemies too - it really looks special.

Mrs. Micawber said...

Frogging builds character. Or that's what I tell myself. At least you had some chocolate to help you over a difficult decision! :)

That is a lovely pattern - it looks so soft and cosy. What a great gift of yarn.

Lisa said...

What a lovely pattern! Una, I don't always post a comment, but your posts always inspire me!

Munir said...

Beautiful pattern. Would love to see how it turns out.

Jo said...

Ah I am pleased you are enjoying it. I believe it is vintage yarn because it came from an 83 year old woman while she was clearing her house out to move into an annexe with her family next door. I love that pattern and you were right to frog it - all your chakras are back in order! Jo x

M.K. said...

What a fascinating stitch pattern! It has lovely texture. And such a soft green. Good work :)