Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Just in time for the New Year

... the Chinese New Year, that is.
I've been a very bad knitting blogger over the last few months. This certainly doesn't mean that I haven't been knitting, though. I finished the dread Christmas cardigan (pictures and story to follow) in time for Boxing Day. Suffice it to say, me and zips do NOT get along. I also made a couple of pairs of thrummed slippers for my cold-footed friends and managed to get this baby blanket (pictured) done for my friends, Mary and Randy, who just had their baby, Monica, at the end of January.
My Christmas prezzie to myself was the blocking board (also pictured) which folds in half into a handled portfolio-style carrying/storage form.
This baby blanket was fun and frustrating in equal measures. The octogonal swirls were done individually and didn't take long and were nice little projects that I could tote along anywhere. Then the little moss-stitch squares were picked up along an edge and knitted onto 17 of the 18 octogons. THEN, they had to be sewn together. And, of course, I fitted the first three together in the wrong direction and refused to tear out the seams which meant doing some creative fitting near the end. There's meant to be a crocheted edging (well, there's also meant to be seven bobbles on each of the squares but THAT wasn't about to happen) and I'm toying with the idea of doing it in a different colour now that I know it's a girl. Crochet... ugh.


Amelia said...

way hay! you are still out there! I love the blanket, it's just gorgeous, it may be missing bobbles and the dreaded crochet but I think it looks gorgeous. that's one lucky baby.

Divinity said...

Thanks, Amelia! I'm considering just picking up knitting stitches and casting them off immediately. It may be more awkward but I think my tension will be more consistent this way.