Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yarn Along: New Baby Blanket

I'm joining in Ginny's Yarn Along again this week.  Check out her blog for lots of links to lots of great projects and books.

I haven't finished anything recently, but that hasn't stopped me from starting the next baby blanket.  This one is for Nephew E.
I've knit this same pattern, Tell Me A Story, three times before: Nephew S (in the pre-blog, pre-Ravelry days), Nephew R, and Nephew O.  This time I'm using Plymouth Encore Worsted yarn, and this is the first time I've used grey as the neutral color instead of cream.  Six squares done so far, out of 42.
This blanket has been accepted as my Defense Against the Dark Arts OWL in the HPKCHC. Stranded back-and-forth knitting, fourth time through a big project, and all the ends to weave in -- I think any one of those elements would have qualified this project for "Practice Repelling the Cruciatus Curse."  But it's not that bad, and while I'm still knitting the squares, it makes good portable knitting.  Staying on schedule with this is taking almost all of my usual knitting time.

For reading, I recently started Ireland's Pirate Queen:  The True Story of Grace O'Malley by Anne Chambers.  My dad picked this up for my husband, but he left it on the dining room table one day too long and I'm reading it before him now.  This is the kind of non-fiction my dad and I absolutely love.  It sounds like Granuaile was a truly amazing woman.  I can't wait to read the rest of this, and I hope to get to go visit the O'Malley lands sometime in the next few years.


  1. I love baby blankets and I'm sure yours will be lovely. I love how you coined pre ravelry days, I remember those! And I kept written notes back then too :)

  2. oh, my---pre-rav days! My knitting days go way way back, too, but it was just harder pre-rav!!! and unlike Karen, my notes are sketchy if they exist at all!

    Grey seems to be "the" color for nurseries these niece chose it for her first---light grey and pink. I really think it will be lovely----as will your afghan!

  3. This pattern does make a lovely blanket, which explains why I keep coming back to it. Yes, the first version I knit (green & cream) was in the summer of 2005. Perhaps not actually pre-Ravelry, but certainly before I discovered it. I shudder now to think of what my knitting life might be like with no Ravelry.