My wave blanket was meant to be a stashbuster, to use up various balls and half balls which were mainly leftovers from my first Spice of Life blanket. I had no particular plan for it, I thought it would end up with the charity Knit for Peace, but while we were away last week I read of an acquaintance’s tragic loss. Her father’s death was really sudden and the family are in pieces. I also found out that she is pregnant, the baby’s due in a few months. I really wanted to do something to reach out to her, rather than just leave a comment on her Facebook profile. So, I sent her a message asking if she’d like me to finish this blanket for her baby, a girl. This is part of her lovely, typically eloquent, reply:
‘I would be honoured to have your beautiful blanket- I think X would adore this and it will no doubt bring some brightness to us.
Thank-you so so so much xxxx’
So of course I can’t just add in any other leftover colours. I don’t think I would have been able to anyway; as I like this combination so much. These are the best reasons for breaking my do not buy any yarn rule. Now I’ll go back to only buying for specific projects, as usual. I just seemed to make blanket after blanket for several years, each with wildly differing colour schemes, as you can maybe tell from my Garter Stitch Blanket.
I’m so delighted to be making this for someone I know. It’s just not the same when you don’t know where it will end up, although I will continue sending items to Knit for Peace.
I’ve just realised I photographed the wool I bought for my Cottage Garden CAL 5 years ago in the very same park, actually it’s probably almost in the same spot. And look who commented and liked the post – there are several lovelies who I’m in touch with and who still comment now.
I don’t know why, but I just wanted to show you my new bag from the National Trust shop at Trengwainton, Cornwall. I really liked the blue zip thingys and strap, and the splash of orangey-red on the back. I can’t resist a new bag!
What have you bought lately?
I bought some gorgeous self striping sock yarn recently and I can’t wait to use it. Jean
There are some really great sock yarns available now, I don’t blame you!
Well absolutly you needed to show us this fab bag. What a nice gesture to your friend and her new baby.
I can’t resist a nice bag and these NT ones are a nice price. I bought the winter version a few years ago.
Such a nice thing for you to do! I LOVE that bag!
Completely agree with you about making something with a specific person in mind, it makes all the difference to how you feel when you’re working on it. I’m sure your friend will treasure it.
Nice bag, looks like a useful size, too.
Thank you Jill.
It’s a goodie and a bit slouchy which is different to my other bags.
I really like the colours you are using on your blanket…. they are a bit vintage/retro. Loving the bag too. I recently bought some very special yarn… no idea what I am going to use it for…. yet! It was bought with a gift voucher for the yarn shop… which is allowed despite the yarn ban!!
I went popped into iknit in Waterloo with my friend on Friday. I knew I cotkdbt even really look at the wool, since I still haven’t used the really posh stuff I bought there a year…or is it two?…ago!