Wednesday, 7 March 2012

And the next blanket

The next standard blanket is a light coloured one.  Again I decided to knit aran weight on 4.5 mm needles.  This time it was because I decided to include a lot of the white wool from the granny square blanket I unpicked, and I thought that knitting it double with another 4 ply yarn would make the white less obvious.  And it has, so it was successful.  This is shows how much nicer the wool became after washing.

Over the years I have bought a lot of tapestry wool yarn.  Initially I think I had in mind to use it in the blankets and then I thought perhaps I will design my tapestries, and it is a good thing to have a lot of colours to hand.  Meanwhile my collection just grows and grows - it is around 8 kg now.  I must really do something with it.  So I sorted it out.  I will keep whole skeins.  The rest is to go into blankets.  So in this blanket I have used white and yellow short lengths.  The wool is lovely and soft and a pleasure to knit with.  The picture shows just a small proportion of the collection.

For this blanket I unpicked another Kaffe Fassett project.  This time it is one of his triangle cardigans.  I think this was available as a kit in the early 1990s.  This is the second that I have unpicked.  It is knitted in a small size, and it has been washed and shrunk slightly, so the fair isle knitted pattern comes across as quilted.  It was easy to unpick nevertheless, and the shrinkage gives texture to the yarn.  Again it is Rowan double knitting wool in lovely pastel colours.

The second sweater is a pale blue man's v-neck cashmere sweater.  The brand is Pure.  There is little to say about it.  It is crumpled on the picture, easy to unpick.  This time I included it on every row, so it gives a blue tinge to the blanket.  Adding an extra thin strand does add time taken to knit as well, as you need to make sure it is included, and I often wonder if it is worth it.  I quite like it because it is not obvious.

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