Friday, 11 May 2012

 Ok, so I think I may be a little crazy but I saw this on ravelry and decided that I wanted to have a go ::

It's called the 'wendy blanket' by wendy de haas?! I thought the pattern looked pretty cool, I have lots of balls of stylecraft special dk kicking about............which is the yarn used in the original pattern, so I embarked on yet another wip.
Looking at the picture above - which is not MY version by the way, I sort of mid way through the pattern.  I've already come across a couple of hitches though.  Firstly, the pattern called for joining the granny squares 'as you go' which is something I've never done before, the pattern does however give links to Lucy's blog attic24 where she has kindly written up a quick guide/tutorial on how to do this.  It was more tricky than I thought. 
Not because of Lucy's inability to write a good tutorial, no, her tute was great! The problem lies with me.  Maybe because I'm left handed or maybe cause I just got it wrong, who knows, but when I tried joining as you go, I got like little ridgey bits along the edges of the granny squares where I'd joined, not a problem in itself, it doesn't look bad, but it doesn't exactly look like THE wendy blanket, y'know the one in the picture.
Secondly, I kinda hit a bit of a glitch and I'm not sure how I went wrong but when it came to joining the mini granny squares second time round, in the picture there are only supposed to be 8 along each side, but I er, ended up with 9?! not sure how this worked but its left the blanket looking a bit misshapen now.....I can't really be bothered to unpick it all and start again so I'm just ploughing on steadily, I'm a bit worried about whats going to happen though when I get to the next lot of mini grannys.....this is where I think things are going to start having a bit of an impact.

I had to put my knitting project on hold, because I ran out of yarn which is one of the reasons why I started the wendy blanket, another reason is that as I mentioned above, I seem to have ALOT of stylecraft yarn kicking about and as my other half seems to have a bit of a problem with my craft obsession, I felt as though I had to try and destash a bit before I can purchase any more........that way he can't pull off the old 'you've got loads of wool that you never use' line which always manages to make me feel a teensy bit guilty and overindulgent.  So with yarn stock seriously depleted I dont have to feel guilty about purchasing more do I?! See? See my logic there?

I like making blankets, its kind of satisfying, if a little slow going.

It does tend to take up alot of time though, although, I'm happy to report that with this new blanket I'm already half way through in under a week! speed hooking! 

In other news this week, we've started to plan my oldest boys birthday celebrations which will be happening this tuesday.  He will have reached the grand old age of 6! So big, but so much still ahead of him! It's a very nice and exciting age I think :)  Looking back, I suppose I have noticed little signs of him growing up, little things, his knowledge and understanding of things have increased dramatically, but also he's taking a real interest on technology and I'm frequently having to fend off requests to use the computer (he loves playing moshi monsters) its not really something I'm comfortable with, I suppose I'm quite old fashioned when I think a boy of his age should have better things to do than to be sat in front of a television or computer for hours at a time. I hope I don't sound like a mean mum but I just think at his age he should have better things to be getting up too lol.

May is a good birthday month for us and I always look forward to it with glee. We will be busy attending and planning parties over he next few weeks but I'm hoping I will be able to keep you all updated on my blanket progress.
Hoping you all have a lovely weekend xxxx

** Ok so, about a week ago I couldn't live with the fact the blanket looked 'wrong', so I unpicked it and started again :) ahhhh huge sigh of relif because it looks and sits much better - YAY!

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