There are (so far) three babies coming along this year to make baby blankets for. This is the first and I was inspired to make a hap blanket by KnitBritish’s hapalong. This started on April 10th and I dutifully cast on on the day expecting to not take too long to finish as it is worked on 8mm needles. Then well things happened and it was cast off last week. The (not very good) pictures have then been waiting for a week for me to blog about it and the blanket itself is in the post to its recipient.
The Hapalong itself is running until July but I am making different patterns for the other 2 baby blankets. One of them will be another crocheted Tiramisu (you may not be surprised, this will be my 11th) and the other is only a pattern in my head at this stage. I am quite inspired by all the multi-coloured haps people are making and will definitely keep that in mind for future projects. A lot of them are also finer weight than this one, longer to knit but a lighter weight blanket/shawl.
Pattern: Hap Blanket
Designer: Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in the Lake Chelan Heather colourway ~ 280g
Needles: 8mm needles, 40″ cable
For: Tash #3
Notes: Single colour only, i-cord bindoff.
So right after my last post I got sick – just a cold but it lingered and lingered and mostly I just wasn’t doing anything to blog about. I’m all better now – just in time for Hobbit to go back to school in glorious sunshine. I think her nursery class has spent more time outside than in everyday this week which is great. I’ve also been able to send the two of them into our backyard most days for a bit which is good. There’s not much to it but they’ve got rocks to play with and plenty of dandelions to pick as well.
I have photos this time, three knitting WiPs at the moment all of which I’ve mentioned before and one sewing project that came up due to the unexpectedly sunny weather. My Hap Blanket was started on the 10th of April when the KnitBritish hapalong started. It then stalled out for a week but I’ve finished the middle and am about a quarter of the way through the edging. It’s knit on 8mm needles so does in fact go quite fast when actually knitting is done.
My shetland and silk handspun shawl is coming along. I’m most of the way through the first of three skeins, two skeins will make up the garter stitch body and the third used for the edging. The sock you see is the Regia Fluormania I received in my Christmas swap last year. I’ve just reached the heel of the first sock.
And finally the hat is one of two I made for the children from Oliver & S free reversible bucket hat pattern. This is Wee Man’s in the medium size. It’s sewn from leftovers from the coat I made him earlier this year and lined with leftovers from the lining of the tote bag I made in March. Hobbit’s is also made of leftovers but she had it at school with her when I was taking photos this afternoon. Her’s is the large size. The only modification I made to the pattern was to skip the hand sewing to attach the lining to the brim and instead just machined top-stitched. As you can see my lines are not that straight but I’m pretty sure the kids don’t mind and neither of them had sun-hats that fit.
Also on the go is Hobbit’s quilt top, it got put in time out when I realised on of the strips I was using for sashing was somehow 1/2″ too narrow and so there’s a bunch of unpicking to do before I get any further.
I’ve been procrastinating posting as it feels like to much effort to get the photos in order to post. So this is going to be a post about what I’m up to without any photos.
After finishing my hat I started a shawl from my handspun shetland and silk that I finished at the very beginning of last year. It’s been sitting waiting for me to get around to it for quite a while but other projects have taken priority. It’s a garter stitch crescent/curve shawl and it’s going to have a few eyelet rows and hopefully (assuming I leave enough yarn) a picot bindoff. There are 3 balls of yarn and I’m planning to work through the first 2 before starting the eyelet section.
Also on the needles is the beginning of a Vivid blanket using the J C Rennie yarn I was using in my Ivy League Vest. The vest has been hibernating for 18 months or more now and it needed to be finished or frogged. My tastes have change and I was no longer keen on the finished product so it’s been frogged. There are 6 skeins of yarn (50g each of 4ply) so I made need a few more to make a good sized blanket. The time it takes to do a single square means that this is probably a long term project.
The two pairs of socks on my needles haven’t been touched for a while. I should really get one pair finished this month though or I’m never going to get every thing done.
Next up is a Hap Blanket for a cousin’s baby which will again be done in Cascade 220 Superwash, this time in Lake Chelan Heather and as part of the Knit British hapalong starting on Friday.
Sewing wise I’ve finished my fleece coat – even worn it out of the house but haven’t processed the photos yet. It fits better than I was expecting from a try on halfway through so that bodes well for making a more exciting version in the autumn. Next up is a twinsized quilt for the Hobbit. She’ll be moving up to a new bed soon (she’s still in her cot with the side off at the moment) and so needs a new blanket/quilt for the top. I bought two packs of fat quarters that are in theory the same colours (in reality the dyelots are different on 5 of the 6 patterns) and will be matching those with some white sashing, backing and binding. I’ve cut all the squares – 5.5″ and will be making 9-patch squares out of those before adding 5″ sashing between them 3 x 4 9-patch squares. I’ve ordered the fabric and batting today so that’ll be here soon and in the meantime I need to piece the 9-patches. The fat-quarter packs are from Hobbycraft in the Jade Patchwork colourway and have blue-greens and pinks in different patterns. After that’s done I’m not sure what’s next – I’ve clothes I want to make (for me and the kids) but no fabric yet so need to make some plans.
I did mean to post about my yearly goals/resolutions at the end of March but haven’t really thought about it – maybe this week or maybe at the end of April instead.