Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The next blanket

Note:  I am having trouble adding pictures to this post.  I'll publish the text and hope that Blogger will be more amenable later.  Now all done.

Along with my blogging my knitting has slowed down.  It is frustrating.  I don't know how I spend my time differently, but I just don't sit down to knit so often or for any length of time.  I would like to do more knitting.  I keep buying yarn, so the yarn store is growing bigger, and it is stressful to think about all the yarn I plan to knit and all the ideas of projects that I have in mind.


Blanket #151 took nearly twice as long as other standard blanket.  And this was even though it was in my favourite dark colours and in a tight tension with DK weight yarn.  To make it interesting for myself I added a strand of Noro Kureyon Sockyarn, bought at half price, in similar shades but with added bright green and light beige sections.  These will stand out for people who don't know what they are but it pleases me.

I unravelled this Marilyn Moore hand knitted sweater.  The yarn is mainly wool, two 4 ply strands together or, in case of the brown boucle, three, with a little bit of silk and nylon.  It was OK to unravel although it had a lot more knots than strictly necessary.  I cut ruthlessly.  It gave me a lot more short lengths, admittedly of nice yarn, but it will take years to finish it.  The colours are good too, except that I have decided that I want to stop knitting red.  There are a lot of red hand knitted garments in charity shops, so I tell myself - that's red, don't buy it.

The second sweater was a Marks and Spencer bright red cashmere sweater.  This is one of the ones I bought for £9 when they sold cashmere at low prices in sales.  I have several that I got for £5, too.  M&S no longer sell cashmere so cheaply, and cashmere in charity shops is often shrunken so difficult to unravel.  I like adding a thin strand of cashmere.  Sometimes it is noticeable, sometimes it isn't.  It is always easy to unravel, and it doesn't matter if the thin strand breaks.

In blanket #150 there were a lot of ends to be fastened.  I don't mind because I enjoy it but it takes a long time.  It is a very relaxing activity.  I will show the crocheted edge as well.

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