This blanket was a little late in the finishing…..a gift for our latest niece…….who is now nine weeks old!
It’s made with Debbie Bliss Cotton DK which has produced a really nice plump, weighty blanket that can be thrown in the washing machine with everything else, and the range of bright hues was just the ticket for someone who loves bold colours.
I’ve joined the squares using the ‘join as you go’ method which gives you a realy nice flat surface on both sides of the blanket and the edges are finished with a scallop pattern I got from a blog called machteld-embroidery
Ah well, better late than never I think. I hope! Needles to say, there were lots of loose ends to weave in before the blanket was finally ready to go to it’s new home! I’m happy to say though that, despite taking so long, a sneak preview was met with big smiles and a bit of cooing. May it be well used!
Talking of loose ends…..
The blanket project continues and I now have a nice little pile of Sunburst granny squares and it’s still growing…..
….and a little bit of delayed inspiration came my way this weekend with the help of a friend who pointed out that my granny squares have the same colours as my socks…..
my chunky wool socks from the Isle of Skye
This is a complete and happy coincidence! I bought these recently while on holiday, from a little shop on the Isle of Skye. They were (a little dissapointingly) not made in Scotland, but in Peru! The colours and the promise of cosy feet sold them to me never-the-less. They also gave me the idea to make something similar using some of our local Welsh wool, so watch this space, a sock project is coming soon….
My chunky warm house socks have also provided me with the answer to a question which was fast becomming urgent – what colour to join my sunburst granny squares with? I love the contrast between the dark smokey grey and the bright reds and oranges in the socks, so when my friend asked if I had made them using my blanket yarn, the light bulb went on and I knew I had to look for a deep, warm grey to finish the blanket off.
A trip to the wool shop was in order to see what I could find…..
And I came back with this…
A soft warm grey to compliment the brights of the squares
It’s Carpe Diem by Lang Yarns and is beautifully soft and luxurious with a similar weight and feel to the Wendy Fusion. The wool snob in me is struggling a little bit with the idea of mixing this natural yarn with something that’s fifty percent acrylic but I think I can overlook this as, colour and weight wise, it could be the perfect match. If I decide to go with this one, I’ll just have to remember to handwash the blanket to avoid disatrous shrinking! Something I’m afraid I’m prone to.
The other contender is this rather lovely Eco Wool dk by Sirdar. It has the very appealing quality of lighter and darker shades of grey running throughout, giving a more textured colour to compliment the same quality in the Wendy Fusion.
Here it is…
Eco Wool dk with the pink squares
Eco Wool with all three colours
Eco Wool, Wendy Fusion and a tiny Welsh cottage!
So I have some samples to do and another decision to make….any suggestions will be gratefully recieved!
Meanwhile, my sunburst granny squares are not the only things growing in numbers…..
…and then there were two!
Look out for more of these little mice – they’ll be featured here soon…..
Now, I’m off to have a look at the Innocent Smoothie website after seeing pictures of a friend’s mini bottle top hats, knitted to raise money for Age UK. I think I’ll make a few myself, something I meant to do last year but unfortunately never got the time. What a great way to use up some odds and ends from the wool basket, and help to raise money for a very worthy cause at the same time. Now I have no excuse……
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