Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood
Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Heather
Notes: I have loved every moment of making this blanket. It has kept me warm in the chilly Spring evenings, has felt comforting on my lap and has been easy to knit.
It took a fair amount of blocking to transform the blanket from it’s original crumpled state to the smoothed-out version you see here. Worth it though.
I love it when both the process and the outcome of a knitted project work as well as this!
I am loving knitting this heavyweight lace blanket. It is destined to live on the plaid footstool on which it is pictured here, and I am really pleased with how the colours complement each other.
I made a bit of a mistake when I started the feather and fan part of the pattern, which meant that the pattern started in the wrong place on the star. I got as far as you can see in the photos before realising and ripping back to the central star pattern. But, this blanket is quick to make, and I have now caught back up to where I was before, so it’s really not a problem!
In other news, Michelle has been kind enough to nominate me for a kreativ blogger award – thanks Michelle! I’m not sure where to start with nominating other bloggers, there are so many that I love and am inspired by, so instead, following Sonia’s example, I’m going to point you towards the list of my favourite blogs. If you have some time to browse, I recommend them all as places I love to visit.
So, my project list (on the sidebar to the left) is getting rather short. One Anemoi mitten still to knit, a half-finished tea cosy and my laminaria shawl, the pinkness of which, if I am honest, is not growing on me.
Hmm – time for something new. At the weekend a big squooshy bag of subtle, quietly-coloured beigy-grey Jamieson Heather wool arrived, and I immediately stopped everything I was doing and cast on for a Hemlock Ring Blanket. It was a close call between that and Girasole, both by Jared Flood, but in the end the Hemlock Ring won out, largely because of such lovely examples as Bells’s and Michelle’s.
So far I’m loving knitting this! The wool is warm, soft and comforting to work with. It is also chunky, and is flying off the 6mm needles. Maybe it’s because I’m so used to smaller needles and thinner wool, or maybe because it’s so … not pink, but this project feels like a really refreshing change.
I’m planning for it to live on a footstool that is covered in a Shetland tweed check fabric. The blanket will fulfill the dual function of keeping us cosy when needed, and protecting the footstool when we put our afternoon tea tray on it!