Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Finished Knitting - Chevron baby blanket and booties

orange baby booties pompoms

chevron baby blanket rainbow yarn

Nothing new to see here really.

Except!

After I made my latest chevron baby blanket in all its rainbow coloured glory, I made matching booties.  Usually I make both items completely separately and the booties are constructed from whatever odd balls of yarn I have to hand, but I decided to go for a set this time.  I do love me some matching crafty items after all.

The blanket is made from my favourite Purl Bee pattern and the booties are part this design (#7), part my own spin.  I've been messing about with the pattern a bit to create a better fit so hopefully they'll be useful AND pretty.  Of course, I added a couple of pompoms to give it an Elise edge.

Both items were made with machine washable, basic DK wool - I use a mixture of Stylecraft and Woolcraft.  They're good value and have a fab colour selection, and I can buy them locally so it's easy to match up colours or buy them at random.  This set is going to my friend's sister who's due her baby in September, then I'm going to mix things up a bit and crochet my next blanket.  I know, don't all keel over at once.  I even bought some lovely, brightly coloured yarn with a voucher I'd had for ages, so it was like free wool!  Now I just need somewhere to store it until I get a chance to start...

persuasion jane austen book

Oh, and there's a bonus section in this post, in the interest of joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along.  My current book is Persuasion by Jane Austen, the aforementioned friend's favourite book.  I started it just after Christmas and wasn't really feeling it, but I'm really enjoying it this time around.  I love the gentle humour and finding characteristics in these figures from two hundred years ago that I recognise in people today.  Plus I don't have much memory of the movie so it's like a whole new story - not my usual approach to reading Austen!

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