As you know if you've been reading along for a little bit, I'm currently trying to make a few things to sell at the Thorndon Fair. So far I've made a few hats, several pairs of booties and a blanket. I really wanted to do another blanket and was pretty set on doing a ripple blanket. I had a few goes at the pattern over at Attic24 blog (brilliant tutorial worth checking out if you want to do a ripple blanket!), but I didn't really have enough of the right yarn to get the hang of the zigzag ripple pattern. The yarn I was using is (I think) a cotton blend, which seems to crochet up quite loosely. This made making the ripples quite tricky...
Anyway, I liked the yarn and it was a delicious chocolate colour so I thought I could still use it. I delved into my stash and grabbed some purple as well. I thought I would make a never ending granny baby blanket like this one and this one, but with a different centre. Using the tutorial from my Square Circles blanket, I started with a circular "block" in the centre and then started my granny pattern from there. I also found this very interesting bamboo blend yarn which went really well with the purple and brown yarns. It definitely lifted the whole blanket as I was beginning to think it was a little dull with the two colours. Unfortunately I only had 2 skeins of the bamboo yarn so only had enough to do three sets of two granny rows. I wanted to add in another lighter colour but had nothing in my stash that would suffice. I put the blanket to one side while I thought about what to do- and also in the meantime I acquired a sewing machine (read about that here).
While I was getting sewing supplies, I came across a gorgeous pale peach cotton blend yarn which went perfectly with the other colours in my blanket. It was only clearance sale so I got four skeins. This was actually only just enough to finish and at this point I really wanted it done and dusted! I think the peachy yarn is just right, and the width of the border has finished nicely too. I finished the whole thing off by making a little flower for the centre of the circle, just to prettify the whole thing. It's a little off centre, but thats the charm of handmade items isn't it?!
I'm starting to build up a pile of items now...but enough with the blankets, back to hats and boots! I'd love to know what you think about this colour combo...I'm so used to making boys stuff!
Despite how it looks, this blanket is actually square and even. Something soft and fluid like a baby blanket isn't designed to be stretched out to be a perfect square. I'm also in love with rounded corners!