First off, I finished my latest Attic24 Neat Ripple blanket:
- Yarn - Caron Simply Soft, bought from Wool Warehouse (list of colours on my Ravelry project page for this blanket).
- Ten ripple repeats wide and - I think - there were 12 rows of each colour.
- Colour sequence from the weighted random stripe generator on Biscuits & Jam .
- The ends were 'filled in' to make the top and bottom edges straight before doing the border.
- Amount of yarn used - just under 1.3kg, including ends (nearly 2,200 metres).
For the border, I used each colour, doing two rounds of treble crochet (US DC), then one round of double crochet (US SC), flipping the blanket over after each round so it didn't skew. I finished off with a round of crab stitch/reverse double crochet.
I enjoyed using the stripe generator as after the initial fiddling about refreshing the page until it produced a sequence that I liked it took away the pressure of which colour to use next. I also like the unevenness of the stripes. Most are one stripe high, but there are some two-row and one or two three-row stripes as well. I particularly like the top part of the blanket with the dark red, light beige, chocolate brown (which is a lovely colour and I never thought I'd say that about brown!), aqua and darker blue; those colours seem to play very happily together.
I've started another blanket, but more on that another time as it's a stash-buster and I've only done a few rows on it.
I've also finished a couple of pairs of socks in the last month:
A green pair from the Exmoor Bluefaced yarn I spun a couple of months ago:
These are fairly substantial due to the nature of the fleece, but feel nice on the feet and, to be honest, I'm quite liking these slightly heavier weight (in yarn terms) socks I've been making. My default needle size for commercial fingering-weight sock yarn (Regia, Lorna's Laces, etc) is 2.25mm but I with the socks I've made from handspun yarn I've been using a 2.5mm or 2.75mm needle.
The other pair of socks I finished is from two balls of Regia Arne & Carlos which I've had in my stash since the yarn was first available to buy:
This is the second pair of socks I've made from this yarn (the first pair was in 2015 in the 3657/Summer Night colour and they've worn well as I'm wearing them today!). This orangey/yellow colour is 3654/Twilight).
That's all my recent FOs. I've got a busy day ahead as I'm off tomorrow morning for a couple of nights with DD1. We're going to university open days in London (Imperial and UCL) and then Nottingham on Saturday, travelling by train and staying in hotels overnight :) Part of my busy day includes finishing off the first sock in the pair I'm currently knitting so I can leave it at home and start knitting the second while I'm away. I might put a ball of cotton yarn and a crochet hook into my bag as well (one can never have too many dish/wash cloths!). I'll also be taking one of my spindles with me as the Tour de Fleece starts on Saturday and our train journey home is Nottingham to Norwich and then Norwich to home. I've told DD1 that I won't make her go to Loop this time (but Liberty and maybe John Lewis may be on the cards if we end up on Oxford Street). Ooh - I've just had a thought; Harrods isn't far from Imperial* and I wonder if they still have a craft/yarn department!!!!
*The college I attended was in South Kensington, so although it was many moons ago, it's an area I know fairly well.
See you soon :)