Saturday, October 19, 2013

Crochet Rainbow Blanket

I am attempting to crochet a version of this rather beautiful Rainbow Blanket for a friend's baby. I'm using DK weight yarn so the squares are a little larger than in the original. I'm going to make 35 squares at first, arrange them in a 5 x 7 format and see how it looks. I can always add more squares as needed.







55 Christmas Balls To Knit by Arne & Carlos


For a while now I've been interested in knitted Xmas decorations. Not that I am particularly crazy for Xmas but once in a while I enjoy making handcrafted gifts in a large batch. As you'll recall, one year I did hats for everyone, another year I did those washcloth & soap sets. So I was thinking that maybe one of these years I will knit a bunch of Xmas decs and everyone can have two or three. That being the case, I've been looking out for nice patterns and this book has by far the nicest and most tasteful ones I've ever seen. The photography is also lovely and the authors seem adorable.






Yarn

I am not supposed to be buying yarn. At all. Nonetheless, I had a slight accident in John Lewis the other day.

Louisa Harding Sari Ribbon. I adore this stuff. I've never figured out exactly what to do with it but I just love it for existing. So pretty. 90% polyamide, 10% metal. Pink sparkly ribbon, what's not to like. 8mm needles, 120m, 100g.


Noro Cyochin. 86% wool, 7% mohair, 7% silk. Thick and soft. I love the colours. I wish I had bought two skeins. I will have to make a skinny scarf. It needs 5 to 5.5mm needles and I have 180m, 100g.