May 04, 2004

On to the next!

I’ve finished the baby blanket. Actually, I finished it yesterday and wanted to blog about it then, but there was a certain impediment to taking a good picture:


He spent the whole evening there. Only this morning was I able to take a picture sans chat:


And here is the Roman Stripe stitch up close. I think from now on I’m going to stick to little sweaters and booties for new babies — blankets fail to take full advantage of the most appealing thing about babies, their small size. The blanket, though simple, seemed to take forever.

After finishing the blanket I finally allowed myself to dig into the oodles of sock yarn I bought from Elann a while ago and started my first self-patterning sock:


The colours aren’t right in this picture, but it was the closest I could get. They should be jewel-tone greens, blues, and purples, my favourite colours. Since this will be only the second pair of socks I’ve made, it’s fun to be already experimenting with construction techniques — this is the toe-up sock pattern offered free on the Elann website to go with this yarn. I like it already because it avoids the grafting at the toe that I’m so hopeless at!

I’m also swatching for the next sweater for Mark — more on that tomorrow, perhaps.

Posted by Aven at May 4, 2004 09:21 AM

Great blanket! And it’s obviously comfortable! They do take a while, though. I haven’t done any baby sweaters, maybe that’s a better project for taking advantage of the small size.

Nice sock, I’ll have to check out the toe up pattern. Still having kitchener issues here!

Glad to hear the wet blocking helped on the aran for Mark. It’s gorgeous, it’d be a shame if it didn’t fit him well.

Posted by: Patty at May 4, 2004 12:31 PM

Fab blankie and kitty! And a sassy pair of socks to boot! I’ve got several pairs of socks “in waiting”; I can’t seem to let myself get started until I get the Pippi project done.

Posted by: Anita at May 5, 2004 10:13 PM

The socks look like fun. Those are my favourite colours too.

I’ve been afraid to try socks, ‘cuz of the tiny stitches. I worry that I won’t be able to see to pick up dropped stitches. And there are ALWAYS dropped stitches!

Posted by: Barbara at May 7, 2004 02:28 PM