Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Deja deja decisions

After all my decision making in my post yesterday, and my eagerness to cast on, my brain interfered again and I spent most of the evening playing with colour combos in Excel.

It looked like this:



I stared at it for ages, showed it to my other half, stared at it again, showed it to my other half*
*repeat until bedtime.

I decided to get stuck in having whittled it down to two possible layouts. I'm still not one hundred percent sure but I'm hoping I'll have a better idea by the time I'm at the next colour change.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Deja decisions

Almost two years to the day that I cast on for what has so far been my biggest FO, I'm casting on another.

When I found out my first nephew was on the way I um'd and ah'd over what to knit for him; i.e. I spent hours browsing Ravelry looking at ALL THE BABY THINGS.

I wanted to make him a blanket, something he'd hopefully use and keep for several years, maybe into adulthood. While I like knitting modular patterns, crocheting motifs and generally being a clever clogs, my brain kept on returning to a simple yet effective pattern.

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I've worked with MillaMia in the past and their oh so cheerful Teddy Blanket had always attracted a lot of attention at yarn shows. It's a very easy knit though it is an exercise in stamina.

After doing more browsing (thanks again Ravelry) I decided on it but using Rico Essential Cotton, not MillaMia yarn, as although I love their yarn and highly recommend you try it if you haven't already done so, my brother-in-law tends to tumble dry everything and I worried that a wool blanket would end up much smaller than intended.

I switched the pink for orange in blanket one but otherwise stuck to the pattern as the colours worked so well together.

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So, this time around I went through exactly the same process. Browsed Rav, browsed Rav again, favourited various patterns and nearly settled on Munchkin, dithered over making the same blanket for Kid 2 as I wanted to make something the same (ie same size to avoid sibling rivalry).

I finally decided and the yarn arrived today! Hallelujah!

Blanket One with a wee friend I made.


I'm making another Teddy Blanket - again with Rico Essential Cotton yarn as there's even less chance of my BIL air drying a blanket -  but with slightly different colours.

Just need to finish writing this and cast on. Nephew Two is due at the start of July... The sweep stake is on: when the blanket will be finished???



By the way, Blanket One went down a treat. My nephew takes it to day care each day which is lovely to hear, and still looks in good nick almost two years down the line.