Saturday, 15 October 2011

Chevron baby blanket

I made this blanket for my Step-brother and his wife who welcomed their second son a few months ago.  According to my Ravelry page I finished it in June, but I think that is just when I updated my project - I believe I actually finished it some time in April.

I used the stitch from the Colorplay scarf pattern and used 4 colours of 100% wool from Spotlight (I think the brand was Moda Vera or something - very inexpensive for wool). The stripe pattern repeat is ABCDDCBA, which I think is very effective. The pattern is quite straightforward and grows nice and quickly once you get going.

The one down side from using inexpensive wool (or this particular brand anyway) is it shrank when I blocked it so it's probably more like a stroller blanket than a cot blanket.  I think they liked it anyway!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

I'm baaaack!

Hi everyone (anyone????),

Wow I certainly didn't mean to be gone 6 months, life really got in the way of a good time there for a while!

I haven't got very much sewing to show for myself so I hope you will forgive me if I indulge in my many recent knitting adventures while I get caught up on the seamstressing side.

Just in case you were a bit cross with me, I'll start by showing you some altruistic knitting I did - that way you have to realise I really am a nice person and didn't mean to ignore you for so long!

Each year I promise myself I will make something for the Guardian Angel Project.  And pretty much every year I fail to do so.  This year I would accept no excuses and went on a charity knitting binge.  I am pretty proud of the results and I hope a little cold child somewhere is a bit warmer because of my efforts...

First a little matinee jacket.  I knit the first size in the book but (knowing nothing about baby sizes) it turned out to be preemie size.  Sadly this means my target market is a bit smaller than it needs to be but I hope there is a little preemie out there somewhere who can get some use from it. The yarn is leftover from a blanket I knit as a gift (yet to blog).

Next a hat, knit in the same yarn.  NOT preemie size so the garments will have to find separate homes.

Another hat, this time knit in leftover 'magic' sock yarn.  I sort of made the pattern up.  The fair isle doesn't materialise as it should because it's not a sock, but it looks cute anyway.

The final garment, and the only one I bought yarn for, is a simple stocking stitch jumper (sweater).  The pattern said the buttons on the shoulder were optional but I reckon there is no way you could do without them.  I don't know much about babies but I do know their heads are huge!!!

So that's it for now.  I promise it won't be six months before my next update.