Let me back up... last year a friend of mine and Rob's from work (we work for the same company) announced that him and his wife were expecting a baby. In a moment of goodwill and enthusiasm, I said that I would make a blanket for the baby. Well, the little one arrived five weeks early on 8th February (a completely well and healthy boy weighing 7 lb 1 oz!) and was there a blanket to be seen? No, there was not! I can't blame the early arrival, I hadn't started or even bought yarn.
I nearly didn't bother, but after chatting to our friend I felt he actually would really appreciate the blanket, even though he didn't expect it. So, fuelled by a big dose of my own guilt, I have been spurred into action!
Below was my inspiration, it is the border version of the wallpaper they have in their nursery. So I wanted blue, green, orange, yellow and a soft red.
I made a yarn order late on Wednesday night from Love Knitting which arrived on Friday - lovely and quick!
I didn't get a picture before I started using the colours, as it was too dark when I got home from work on Friday. I think the colours work - they are not as muted as the wallpaper, but I like the brightness. I think it'll give a pop of colour, whilst coordinating with the nursery theme. (I hope they'll agree! It's always a bit nerve-wracking! But without taking a swatch of wallpaper into a yarn shop, it would have been a difficult to get a perfect match... I'm actually starting to worry about whether they'll like the colours as I type this...! Must stop worrying!)
Paintbox Simply Aran:
Stylecraft Special Aran:
I've never tried Paintbox yarns before, so I decided to give them a go after hearing good things. I wanted a soft red, though, and they didn't seem to have what I wanted, so I went with the Stylecraft Pomegranate which I've used before and knew was the colour I was after.
I decided to go for a v-stitch design, with 6 rows of colour separated by 2 rows of white. The red was in a bit of a shadow in this picture, it's not as deep as it looks there. This shows it better...
As you can see, I am doing rather well considering I didn't get the yarn unil after work on Friday evening! This is by far the quickest I have every progressed with any crochet blanket. I've been working my fingers to the bone on this one - guilt will do that!
I still have plenty of ends to sew in, as you can see. But... I have tried running the white yarn up the side of the blanket rather than cutting it off, to minimise on the ends. I'm planning to go round the blanket with a row of white single crochet, so the white carried yarn should be hidden away. I will let you know how it goes!
Anyway... I haven't got time for blogging - I've got to get this blanket finished!!
Check out my completed crochet items here.
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