I’ve started knitting this soft little blanket for my coworker, whose baby boy is due at the beginning of August. It satisfies all my current urges: comfort knitting, soft yarn, yet a little different. I am having a blast.
The pattern is “Blue Lagoon” from Jan Eaton’s 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. I wanted a stitch that would ripple without yarn-overs; this one uses M1’s instead, and purls for texture. I’ve chosen my own yarn and colors, though. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton in Spruce, Mint, Pale Green, and Ecru. I think this is a somewhat new yarn — it’s very soft, loosely plied, and knits easily considering it’s cotton. I chose it because the colors are so nice, and exactly what I was looking for. It’s machine washable, too. I’m using 5mm/US 8 needles, and the blanket will be about 25 inches wide. The knitting goes pretty quickly, too — I just started this morning.
One of these days I’ll crochet a ripple — I love some of the patterns in the book, and I haven’t crocheted in a long time.
My other current obsession is Ravelry. Somebody, help me. I received my invitation to join yesterday, and I think that something has happened to Time since then, because it keeps disappearing. Between the blanket and this amazing website, I think I’ve entered some sort of hole in the Universe.
So far I’ve entered a few projects, and poked around everybody else’s stuff. I could spend a week just doing that, but then there’s the Library, the Stash, the … oh forget it. There are still relatively few participants (and they’re adding folks from the queue at a pretty fast rate, considering the time it must take to keep up with it) so it’s easy to spot people you “know” and check out their work. I’m going to try to go slowly, though. I really don’t have the time it takes to jump in with both feet, but I sure have had fun getting my feet wet!
I didn’t spin today, which I’d planned to do; but I’ve had a wonderful, quiet day full of knitting and playing and resting up for the coming crazy week. It’s been just about perfect. How about you?