|Bear-Bear says, "Where's the picnic?"|
Well, it isn't. It's a blanket. It cuddles, it warms, it toasts your toes. Yesterday, I put the Ribble Blanket pattern up for sale (for cheap!... or rather, for a low, low price...) in my Etsy store. I sold two copies of the PDF right away! Yippee! My first sales on Etsy! Click here to get there: The Ribble pattern.
The yarn for the blanket pictured was donated by (or through, I'm not sure which) Bliss Yarns in Brentwood, TN, and after I made it, I donated it to Alive Hospice through Threads of Kindness. It's the great circle of the yarns of the earth. Paying it forward. Did I mention, yarn in, yarn out? YIYO!
It's a really easy pattern, by the way; if you can knit and purl, you can make it.
I also have a couple more blankets sitting primly on my couch, waiting for the next opportunity to be donated.
First comes Preemie with a Twist. The free pattern is now available (click here) on my blog. Anyway, the lavender one is made from Plymouth Encore. One skein is all it takes.
I actually bought this yarn--yes, it happens! A lot!--or else my mom bought it; I think I was trying to buy her a gift and she was probably saying, "No, no, I'll pay, why should you pay?" and I was probably saying, "But Mom, I want to give you a present," and she was saying, "That's silly. I have the money right here," and I was probably holding out money already too, and so on until the poor shop clerk was probably ready to spit, but was masking her inner eye-rolling with incredible diplomacy.
Anyway, Mom used some and tossed the rest to me, which came in handy when I wanted to make a sample of the Preemie with a Twist out of a solid color.
Last but not least, my version of the Moderne Baby Blanket brought to us by Mason-Dixon Knitting. Again, donated yarn, Mission Falls 1824 Wool. Let us pause for a moment in silent sorrow that Mission Falls is no longer in business. (Sigh.)
For the most part, I just grabbed a skein and knitted a section until I ran out of that color. On the first section, after about ten rows, I thought, I am doing nothing but garter stitch. For an entire blanket. I am going to go insane. But then I kinda got into the rhythm. It's a fun pattern and I want to make another. And I have more Mission Falls in my stash! Naturally. Not that I have to use Mission Falls, of course, but it came out so soft and cozy and it will show off the beautiful colors I have in my stash so well, and I. . .
Wait, I have at least seven projects going right now. I've lost count. And I have a Hinterland Throw to finish by June. Plus, the Mission Falls is in a bin under a couple of other bins and bags full of yarn. So I guess I won't cast on a new project today.