Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sock yarn Blankie ahoy!

For a very long time now I have been wanting to make a Blankie out of sock yarn left overs (mad I know)  but I wanted it to be a little different and also portable. Much as I love the mitred square, join as you go type blankets, mine needs to be something I can pop in my handbag and whip out to knit a bit when I have a few minutes. 
I think I've decided on hexagons knit from the outside in (once I've actually tried one I might change my mind though). And then I thought "I need a little bag to carry it in" so off I trotted to the cupboard to see what I could find. Now when we were back packing the other week I found that one of the little ziplock bags  meant for sandwiches was the perfect size and shape for a small ball of 4ply, circular needles and notions, so, based on that and using a piece of shower curtain I created a bag.  
(And who knows when I might need it's shower proof properties again, it wouldn't be the first time I've had to spread my knitting out to dry - along with the entire contents of my rucksack, including £10 notes, despite the raincover. Mind you, there wasn't a stitch on me that was dry that day either and I had full waterproofs - our room in the Bridge of Orchy hotel definitely resembled a Chinese laundry that night!)

Then I decide I would need 6 small stitch markers, one for each decrease point with a different one to mark the start of the round, so out came my beads and bits and voila


Don't you love the cute little 25g ball of sock yarn in rainbow colours? I couldn't resist buying it when I was in Needles & Pins in Keswick. 

I wonder if all this sudden need to make things had anything to do with the fact that I was trying to avoid settling down to write a case study for work!! 

Anyway, now all I need to do is actually start knitting! 

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