Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Two Blankets and a Bergen

Hello there!
You may have noticed there was no post for August's 17 ufos in 2017? Yes, I went a whole month without touching a single one of the remaining projects... It was not a great month for me healthwise and when days are like that cross stitch just doesn't happen. Nor does much else that requires concentration! But I did achieve another goal in August, I finished Ebee's Flower Square Blanket for Dear Daughter! Here is a close up of the border I chose for it, border #93 from the book Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman...


The blanket finished out at 75" square which, with some furniture moving, just fitted on the front room floor for a quick pic! 


I was very happy to get this finished and delivered to Dear Daughter, I think she was somewhat happy to take delivery as it was pressed into immediate service!
Although I still have my Hydrangea Blanket to finish another blanket snuck in there first. Earlier in the summer Hubbie's nephew announced that he and his girl friend were expecting a baby and in August we learnt it will be a baby girl! This is extra exciting news in our "boy heavy" family! Lots of pretty girlie color combos started running through my head and a new blanket was born. 


I have wanted to try a corner to corner blanket for a while and thought it would be a good idea to try a simpler one before launching into some of the more complex patterns out there! I picked this pattern which uses one variegated yarn for the whole blanket but I knew the variegated baby yarn I had in my stash would not be enough. I divided what I had of it into two balls and used all the first ball up before starting random stripes of some coordinating colors. I varied the width of the stripes and when I figured it looked a decent size I started the decreases. I worked the same number of stripes on the decrease side of the blanket and then picked up my second ball of variegated yarn. I worked five rounds of the border instead of the six suggested by the pattern and then had a play with the camera. Rumpled blankie shot...


Flat out on the floor shot...


The colors are closest in the first photo, the grey light we have had recently has made accurate color capture a nightmare! If you want further yarn details they are available on my Rav page here. It finished up at 33.5" square, considerably smaller than Ebee's Flower Square one, but a good size to snuggle a little one in.
The other night I finished the alpaca cardigan I mentioned in my last post. I have had this Bergen pattern in my favorites on Ravelry for years and am so happy to finally have my own version to wear! Full details of the yarns I used are here on my Rav page but I am really pleased with how my color choices turned out. I used the trick of taking screen shots on my phone of the version of the sweater that I liked, turning it black and white to reveal the contrasts...

...then doing the same with a screenshot of the available colors of the yarn I wanted to knit it in...

That way it's easier to get the same balance between light, medium, and dark colors - sometimes a color is not really as light in tone as you think it might be! I snapped a few pics pre blocking, my yoke turned out like this...


...and the whole sweater looks like this...


I really am insanely happy with the whole thing! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process, even the new to me bits like pockets...


I know I am going to enjoy wearing this over the months to come, it is very soft and snuggly and the fit is great. So, despite the lack of UFO progress, August wasn't a total washout and a couple of UFO's have seen the light of day so far in September.
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely creative week!

10 comments:

  1. Don't worry, I too have hardly stitched in August... but I'm sure making up for it now.
    I do hope you're feeling better.
    I love both blankets!! Both DD and Baby Girl are lucky ladies ;)
    What beautiful makes and the colours are just perfect.

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    1. Thank you so much Ingrid! Must pop over and see what you're working on now... have a lovely week :-)
      Helen

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  2. The blanket for your daughter is gorgeous! I love the border you chose for it, it matches perfectly with the feel of the blanket. The baby blanket is beautiful too....congrats to your nephew and his girlfriend.
    Hope you're feeling better and have no more health issues.

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    1. Thank you so much Rhona! I can't take all the credit as Heather at The Patchwork Heart who posted the joining tutorial I used also picked that border with her blanket. I wasn't totally committed to using it but after looking at LOTS of other borders I decided it really was the best fit! Some months are just like that, (the joys of living with two chronic health conditions lol) but writing here helps me keep it in perspective as I often find I have gotten more done than I thought! Have a great week,
      Helen

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  3. Beautiful blankets and I love the Scandi cardi! Congratulations on the new addition to come.

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    1. Thank you so much Justine! Have a great week,
      Helen

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  4. Don't worry a bit about no cross stitching because you've been working on some adorable projects there. Both the blankets are so beautiful and cozy looking. And that cardigan looks warm and cozy and like something I would buy at a fancy department store. Andrea

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    1. True there's only so many hours in a day right?! Awww thank you so much Andrea, I can report the cardigan is very warm and snuggly! Must pop over and catch up on what you have been up to... have a great week,
      Helen

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  5. Your blankets are beautiful and I love your sweater! It's so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much Sally! Must admit I am enjoying wearing it almost as much as knitting it! Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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