A new year, a new baby, a new blanket…

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Well after spending the past year or so reading other peoples blogs I thought I’d give it a go and right one of my own.

I’m not sure if my life is interesting enough for other people to come to read all about it but I’m going to give it a good go. In 2012, I finally moved out of my parents home, before I hit the big 30, and in with my good friend Em, she then got her dream job in Africa so I had to move again, this time into a little flat all of my own.
Whenever I have a free moment I love nothing more than rummaging through my large pile of wool, grabbing my hook and starting a new project (finishing them is a different story). Now I’m in my own place I find that I leave wool everywhere… in the bathroom, on every surface, seat and unused space I can find, on top of Peggy’s cage (my new hamster, not a good place to keep a ball of wool if you want to keep it in tact!) and in my car.
I started 2013 with a new baby blanket for a friend’s baby. The colour choices were made to match her new nursery bedding, pinks, greens and a cream – very girly. I headed to Texere yarns in Bradford to buy my wool and chose Sirdar’s baby bamboo. This wool was lovely to work with, silky and smooth, soft on the fingers too. I used a size 3.5mm hook and followed Lucy at Attic 24’s neat ripple pattern. I created my own edging using single crochet and increasing on the corners. Before I giving my blanket away I washed and blocked it, I find this really makes a difference and makes it look more finished and straight on the edges. I just pinned it out on to my carpet and waited a day or two for it to dry.
Anyway here are a couple photos of the finished product. They were taken on a dark day so not the best to show off the colours, it is much lighter and brighter than it appears here.

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A new blanket for Myla

I have now started to work on a blanket for another baby due in just two weeks time. This time a more using solid granny squares in all the colours of the rainbow…