Monday, 21 April 2014

Finished Knitting - chevrons, stripes and pompoms

I recently got back in touch with an old school friend and it turns out she's just had a baby girl.  Obviously, my mind jumped straight to 'Ooh what can I knit her?!'  First I raked through my stash and came up with some fun wool, then I turned to the pattern hunting.  It took me ages to find a pattern for booties that I liked - they were either all too fussy or too plain.  Admittedly the one I used is pretty plain, but I knew I wouldn't be able to resist adding some pompoms to the toes so it worked out ok.  The booties pattern is from a free booklet I found here and is knitted flat then sewn up along the back and sole.
Ah, the chevron blanket.  Some folks may remember my last attempt at this...  I used a slightly different pattern from Purl Bee this time and it seemed to work out better.  I love how easily and quickly this pattern knits up, I'll definitely be using it again.  The only thing annoying me a bit about the finished blanket is that I had to use grey instead of white (I didn't have enough left in the stash) which makes it a bit darker than I'd like it to be.
I just love the colours in this blanket!  I raided Mother's stash for the supplies (she was not overly impressed with my thievery) and found a very easy pattern to go with it.  Can you sense a theme here?  My brain is not in the mood for anything complicated at the mo!  Tam and I went to Aberfeldy with his family just before I started the new job and I got a good chunk of knitting done there.  The pattern is a super simple K1, P1 row then five rows of stocking stitch - the only change I made was using eight colours instead of eleven.  I ran out of time to try and block it but being a blanket I don't suppose it matters too much.
I got an email from my friend when she received the parcel on Saturday morning and she was super excited about the goodies (my mum made a couple of wee cardigans to put in too but I didn't get a chance to photograph them) so it was worth the effort!

All the wool I used is just basic, washable DK yarn, and the pompoms were made with the help of the smallest sized Clover pompom maker.

My next project is a scarf I started before the baby stuff, which will likely be finished mid summer at the most inconvenient time for wearing it, and a bunch of tiny amigurumi stuff for work.  (Some of the offices have windows facing the hall and various staff members have decorated theirs with Lego, novelty rings off cakes and - in the case of our window - tiny Easter chicks.  Of course, as soon as I let it be known I could knit, I started getting requests for various bits and pieces.  I'm keeping a record of the rivalry on Twitter for anyone interested in our rather unique approach to de-stressing.)

:)

8 comments:

  1. Ahh, love all of this! I haven't knitted in months, this makes me want to get going at it again! The blankets are so colourful and the booties are really cute - although if it was for my child, I'd be tempted to put one of each colour on them, because I love the contrast :) . Looking forward to seeing your amigurumi things. I really want to make some of them but haven't found the motivation yet.

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    1. If it was me, I'd be bulking up the pompoms too haha! I'm a bit nervous of the fiddly nature of the tiny knitting but hoping I have enough patience now to see it through... :)

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  2. your friend must have been super chuffed with her parcel - these are all ace! Those booties are so cute but I'm especially loving the second blanket - such great colours. That decor rivalry at work sounds a-mazing might see if I can get something going in my office... :)

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    1. Ooh you should, we're having so much fun! :) Thanks, bright colours are my fave.

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  3. you are a knitting genius you know.

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    1. Haha thanks Char, hope you've been practising the K1, P1! ;)

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  4. I love the chevron blanket - always mean to make one of them!

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    1. Thanks, it's so easy, you definitely should! :)

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