Friday, 22 October 2010

Knitting Baby Blankets

So this was the original craft challenge. When I was pregnant with my daughter I noticed that lots of people were making AMAZING gifts for her. My husbands boss made a beautiful quilt, and various friends were knitting booties. I felt a bit inadequate that I wasn't doing anything to mark the birth of MY child so after quite a bit of thought and hesitation, I finally decided that I would knit a (simple) baby blanket. After a scan of the internet, I bought some beautiful merino wool and started knitting.

Now starting knitting was not quite as easy as it sounds. The last time that I had knitted I was about 7 years old and at that stage any time that I dropped a stitch or gained a stitch (both of which were regular occurrences), my Mum or big sister would sort if for me. I never mastered purl, had forgotten how to cast off and generally was a substandard knitter.

Armed with a pair of knitting needles, a ball of wool and my laptop (for regular google searches of "how to knit", "how to purl", how to cast on" etc...) I bravely started. I managed to knit about 10cm before giving up in disgust and unpicking the whole thing. On my second attempt I managed about 20cm and on my third attempt I decided that it would be safest to stop counting stitches and just hope for the best. I managed to finish the blanket!!! Now, I must admit that it was supposed to be 120cm x 100cm and my blanket was just 120cm x 80cm (I knitted with too high a tension), but I was still pretty proud to have successfully knitted a blanket, completed a crochet border and done all of this before the baby arrived!!!

As I write this, my daughter is fast asleep, tucked under my merino blanket so a photo will have to wait.

Now as I have mentioned elsewhere, I am 33 weeks pregnant with bubs number 2. I am a third child and am very aware of parents who make grand gestures and document everything for the first thing, document most things for the second child and take photos of "the children" by the time that the third child arrives. As a result, I decided to knit a blanket for bubs #2 as well. I am now about half way through... what do you think? Its a bit more ambitious than my last single colour effort. I must admit that I am really pleased with how its turning out. I should say that I don't know if I'm having a boy or a girl so I hope the colours don't seem too girly, I just loved them.

What projects are you busy with now?

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I'm so jealous that you are so crafty! I aspire to be like this! How do you fit it in to your life?

    Your blanket colours are lovely! You are inspiring me to add another thing to my To Do List - knit a blanket!

    My Nanna (my children's great nanna) knitted both of them a blanket when they were born! I use them all the time and they have withstood a lot of washes! They are such lovely things to keep for when they get older.



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