In between going to work, sleeping, thinking about sleep and trying to make our house habitable for a new small person, I have managed to squeeze in a bit of hooky here and there. On my hook at the moment is a dinky Vintage Stripe blanket in beautiful spring colours. (An Autumn baby can have spring colours, of course they can!) Bluey blue sky … yellow primroses … and green so fresh like the new shoots and leaves appearing on the trees. Two rows before I cook dinner, three rows before I got to bed. It all adds up nicely.
(Blue = 45, Green = 14, Yellow = 37.)
The yarn is Katia Merino baby (you may remember it from here), Katherine sent me another blue and green for my birthday this year and I love it. Initially I was a bit daunted because it’s 4ply, but it’s working up wonderfully quickly. That’s partly because it’s a narrow blanket of course, but it’s just so lovely and light to work with that you don’t get tired from it. Not that my usual DK is particularly heavy, but you know what I mean. Plus you get very good yardarge with 4ply!
One thing that I find with the Vintage Stripe though is that it’s very hard to sew in your ends neatly. The stitches aren’t dense enough to hide them and they look a bit naff. Still, never mind I’m sure Tiny Tin Bird won’t notice and a border will be distraction enough I’m sure.
I’ve tried to make a Vintage Stripe before and gave up on it ages ago. I started it in August 2009 (3 weeks before my wedding) using Patons Cotton DK and a 3mm hook. Error! 3mm is too small for that yarn and it’s very hard work. I made my foundation rows far too tight, and couldn’t keep my edges straight at all. Silly now I think about it because it’s so simple … work between the stitches and make an increase at the end of your row. That’s it! This time has gone much better, if anything my foundation row is looser than my actual work (I often find this, especially with ripples) and all of my edges are neat. The only slight niggle is that I’ve gone through some bits of the stitches early on, but you can’t really notice unless you’re looking for them.
What’s on your hook at the moment?