Sitting pretty

I had been saving this one until we had a fine day to take a photo, but I decided to just go for it!

Made in Rico baby classic powder, light grey and dusky pink with Drops cotton merino white, which gives the blanket just that bit more weight, and warmth.
It is a granny rectangle (of course!) starting with five clusters of three stitches, and I used a 4.5mm hook.

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The long and the short of it

As some of you will know over the past few years I have made rather a lot of jellyfish. I have used lots of different yarns and paid quite a lot of attention to what colours work well. We also have quite a few jellyfish hung around the house, and they often give me cause for a wee smile as I pass them.

Recently however I was visiting the lovely shop that sells my jellyfish and noticed that some of the tendrils were distinctly longer then others. They are all made to the same pattern, and when they are ‘fresh’ the tendrils are pretty uniform so it was clear that the change had happened over time. I wondered if it was down to the weight of the yarn (I have noticed that cotton tends to sag with time) but the worst offender seems to be Sirdar snuggly which is acrylic and certainly not heavy.

A friend who is a knitter suggested that when acrylic yarns stretch they don’t recoil in the same way that wool does. Another friend who is a spinner thinks it is down to how much ‘twist’ has been put into the yarn during the spinning process and that baby yarns tend to have less twist to make them softer. I would be interested to know what other folk think too.

It has been a useful lesson for me in learning that it is just as important to understand the fibre you are working with as it is to choose the colour. So what is the best way to avoid saggy bottoms?

Corner to corner scarf – ta dah!

Now that the yarn-drought is over I have bought some extra yarn to finish off my corner to corner scarf.

Made from stash but including Stylecraft Life heather, oatmeal and grey on a 4.5mm hook.
My scarf is 10 stripes wide by 43 stripes long and weighs 220g. The pattern worked up very quickly and I would certainly make another one…

Autumn leaves baby blanket ta-dah!

This has been an interesting project for me to make. It was commissioned by a friend and although it is definitely out of my colour comfort zone I have come to love it.

The request was for ‘woodland colours’ and we put this combination of golds, greens and browns together in gorgeous Rowan wools:

Made in Rowan supersoft merino in mellow, bark and grass; and Rowan wool cotton dk in leaf, bronze, elf and still.

It took one ball each of the six ‘leaf’ colours, and 4 balls of the ‘mellow’ background. Made to the ‘Bertie baby blanket’ pattern, by Little Doolally, on a 5mm hook.

This is such lovely yarn that I have to say that every stitch was a pleasure. Let’s hope the new mum approves!