Saturday, 21 November 2015

The next blanket


The next blanket, #172, is another light coloured one.  I have decided to stop avoiding the white yarns and instead including as many as I can.  The blanket does in fact not look very white in the end.  I added pink and apricot as well as yellow and beige, and I'm quite pleased with it.  There are no darker shades that look out of place.  The boucle yarn from the first sweater that I unravelled gives it texture, and also pink and apricot mohair.

I am really pleased with the boucle yarn.  It comes from this sweater, with a label that says Brian Barnes English Lakeland.  The sweater is obviously quite old, possibly from the 1960s or 1970s, and I think machine knitted in fisherman's rib.  When unravelled I could see that the yarn was used doubled, one strand in boucle and the other in a thin 2 ply, both from the same undyed wool.  The wool is so nice.

The second sweater was another Susan Duckworth - with a label saying so.  The pattern is nice, garlands of flowers with broad plain coloured bands between.  The yarn is a 4 ply cotton, at a guess Rowan's Mercerized Cotton.