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Finished ferns and another bubbles

The green fern blanket is finished!! It is all washed and ready to be delivered to the mum-to-be. I had planned to do the moss stitch border all the way around, but trying to pick up the stitches from the cast on edge was extremely difficult, and looked messy. I thought it over, and decided a nice crocheted edge would work nice, but it would have to be nice and wide, and quite ornate and lacy.

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Normally I would have made the blanket square, but this one was a lot wider than I would normally do, and once I started I didn’t want to start over. I decided a rectangle would be nice. I think (or hope!) that the crochet edge suits the blanket.

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The first row was trebles, the second was treble, chain, treble in every third stitch.

the third row was similar, treble, 3 ch picot, treble, in the chain space below.

I think it finishes the blanket nicely, do you?

Now I have started the next project, yet another bubbles shawl.

Yep, another one. I find them enjoyable, since you use 5.5mm needles, it is nice and lacy. Squeak was swaddled in her bubbles blanket for the first few months, and the pattern is good as it is based on garter stitch, looks good on both sides, and isn’t very complicated to remenber the pattern repeats. Using circular needles makes it a lot easier, I am getting to the stage where I use circulars of everything. I think I am up to about 6 completed bubbles blankets over the years.

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There are 17 pattern repeats in the border, and I have completed 10. I could have this finished in a week or two. The border should only take a few days, but the edging can be time consuming. Squeak loves to grab it for a ‘test cuddle’. I think I will need to make something for her next.

I am eyeing off a small project for Squeak for easter, a Miffy! We love Miffy, Squeak calles her ‘mishy’.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miffy-and-her-balloon

I will have to buy more yarn as I don’t have the right colours, but I cannot resist making such a cute creature, and making a toddler very happy!

Have you started thinking about easter?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Green fern blanket update

I have been slowly working away at the massive fern blanket, The one where I assumed 5 stitches per inch, and it was more like 4. Over 201 stitches that makes a massive difference to the width. When I started I wrote about it in Ribbits, and crickets

I have decided it can’t be square, or it will be too big for a baby blanket. I think I am almost finished the centre, or maybe a few more pattern repeats. I will then finish off with the moss stitch border,  and then I have to pick up the cast on stitches as I hadn’t decided on the border when I cast on.

Can you see a problem?

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Today I decided to take a few photos to put the project in perspective. It is a nice sunny day, so outside for some photos. As I was carrying it out I thought maybe I could see the different shades from different balls. In the photos it’s clear. I’m not happy, but there isn’t anything I can do now. I just won’t buy that brand of yarn again. I am a bit disappointed as I have put a lot of effort in, and this does spoil the final effect quite a lot. It is still a comfy, warm blanket though.

I also have a few more projects on the go, and a few small ones finished. I have made a toy owl for Squeak, She loves it and named it ‘Nin’. I bought the fabric as a ‘bunting and stuffie set’, so I will also likely do a bunting, or use it in a quilt later in the year. It was quick to make, just put them right sides facing, then stitch around the outside. fill with stuffing, then handstitch the opening closed.

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I am in the process of hand-stitching a fish, as my sewing machine needs servicing, and I don’t want to risk any damage by using it. I do have my Nanna’s singer 201k from the 50’s as well, but I’m having tension problems, and a lack of time to concentrate and work out what is causing it.

Here is the link to the pattern I am using, I am very excited as it is a sweet looking fish!

http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/free-pdf-pattern-tutorial-pond-fishy.html

I’m intending to do a 2014 wrap-up soon, I know it is a little late, and the year is flying by. 2015 is delivering some amazing opportunities, it feels like a bit of a fresh start in some aspects of my life, which is refreshing.

How is your year so far?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Ribbits, and crickets….

I started one of the baby blankets the other night, as two of my cousins are expecting babies in the next few months. I discussed colours with the first mummy due, and she is loving soft greens, as she is still deciding wether to have a surprise, or to find out the gender before bub is born. I bought some beautiful green 8-ply while I was out shopping. It is a thicker 8-ply, and I am using 6mm knitting needles. I couldn’t find my circular, so DaddyMopar called in at lincraft on his way home from work one day to buy one for me.

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I am playing it by ear, so it might be 35 inches wide, could be 50. I started by picking a stitch pattern I liked, and assumed 5 stitches per inch, and about 40 inches wide. pattern repeat is 9 + multiples of 12, so 201 stitches. Oopsies. My tension is more like 4 stitches per inch. I decided after about 20cm (8 inches) I wanted a 6 stitch edging of moss stitch, as I thought I couldn’t find a nice edging to go with it, and most are too fussy, I wanted the emphasis on the fern stitch in the middle. Commence Frogging. You ribbit out. With fern stitch each diamond starts with 1 stitch, and you increase, then decrease. It wasn’t as simple as dropping 6 stitches, then re-knitting them. No no no, I ended up dropping about 30, then re-doing them.

Once I had my 6 moss stitch border in place, I noticed a big boo-boo. I skipped a row of the pattern repeat. I then had to go back about 20 or 30 rows to do the correct pattern.

I now have 7 stitches of moss stitch at each end, and I just measured, it is 16cm long. It is beautiful, and a pleasure to knit.

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As for the cricket…

There is a cricket loose in my kitchen, and he keeps chirping….

Lots of love,

MummyMopar