Monday, 20 March 2017

Sock yarn blanket 3

After finishing blanket C18  my continued bus knitting was blocks for the next sock yarn blanket. The background yarn was Wendy Roam, a 4 ply sock yarn, bought cheaply when it was discontinued. I had four 100 gr balls. The other yarns were a Rico sock yarn, in cheerful pink yellow shades and two Schoeller and Stahl yarns, in white/black/navy. I also found some remains of a grey black yarn.
There was a point in doing large blocks in blanket C18  - to reduce the effort in joining – but I prefer smaller blocks, so here I made them smaller, aiming for a 15 cm side. The knitting was fine, effortless. I enjoyed watching the pattern emerged from the self striping yarns, and the green Roam yarn was a nice match.

This time I decided to use my favourite method for joining, three needle bind off. I had run out of the Roam yarn, so I used a blue Sportico sock yarn. In artificial light in the winter months you could really not see the difference, but in day light it is obvious. The joining took a long time. I quite liked doing it but I did wonder if it was worth it – I could have done so much other knitting. I did a 6 row garter stitch edging.

I hadn't planned the placement of the blocks at all, and I was pleased that it worked out so well. The Rico yarn lightens the blanket.  It is deliberately smaller than a full size adult blanket, because it is so thin and not very warm.  It is suitable for a child.
Sock yarn 3 blanket C21
Wendy Roam and other sock yarns, 4 ply
size 3mm needles
123 cm by 1153 cm, 890 gr
Knitted 31 March 2015 to 25 February 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The next blanket

I didn't have a colour scheme in mind for the next blanket, #183, just that it should be dark.  So that is what it is, a mixture of all dark colours.  I omitted dark reds, but there is some reddish brown.  I seem to consider brown a dark colour, although so often it is not.  The blanket has texture from a black mohair and from black Rowan Alpaca Cotton, so there is interest.

I unravelled this jumper, with the brand name Angelo Litrico.  It is apparently a C&A brand - I remember C&A from my time in Brussels many years ago.  The jumper, in a man's size, is obviously hand knitted in pure wool.  I thought I would get strands in long lengths, ideal for the blanket, but the knitter had taken the advice to use short strands in intarsia to avoid tangles, and even used them in the large grey sections.  So I ended up with lots of short strands, just what I don't need.  The yarn is lovely though, soft and the right thickness for DK.  The grey is a Shetland type yarn. 

I found this picture of the yarns used in the gloves in the previous post.