I’m on a mission, a mission to finish as many of those lingering WIPs as possible over the next month. First up is my Attic24 Rainbow Raindrops Cushion (free cushion tutorial here and stitch pattern here).
Now this is a pretty quick project to hook up, especially in chunky weight yarn,so I have no explanation as to why it’s taken me so long to finish it except… oh look pretty yarn! I wonder if that would be enough to make a shawl… I could just have a quick look on Ravelry… What do you mean it’s Thursday today?
If you’ve seen Attic24’s pictures you might notice that in order to get the trickling raindrops effect the stripes should be displayed horizontally, but that didn’t look quite right with mine, as it came out, um, less than square! Partly this was because I wanted the button band to continue the rainbow stripes pattern on the back.
I bought the yarn and the buttons as a pack from Woolwareouse.co.uk which worked out to be a good deal, but my only criticism is this the “yellow” in the rainbow is actually Camel and more of a beige colour. Even though Stylecraft has expanded their range of shades available in aran and chunky weight in the Special acrylic, there still isn’t a warm, sunny yellow suitable for a cheerful rainbow. In their Special DK they have four shades of yellow, and either Sunshine or Citron would be perfect for a rainbow colour scheme! Sadly, if you want a bright yellow in a heavier weight yarn it would be a case of holding two strands of DK together. 😦
Talking of rainbows and stripes (and Stylecraft Special DK too for that matter), one of my other ongoing WIPs is my Granny Stripe blanket. I’m up to the fifth repeat of the random 17 colour pattern. I’m trying to make each repeat completely different, with no two colours next to each other more than once. It worked on the first four blocks of 17, but it’s getting away from me a bit now!
My other blanket WIP is the knitted border I’m knitting in strips to go around the edge of my oldest WIP, a patchwork blanket I started in my teens! (The blanket is the one on the back of the sofa in the pictures of the cushion at the top of this post.)
This border has been great for using up odds and ends of DK acrylic from my stash, and the garter stitch is delightfully mindless for when I’m feeling, well, mindless! It’s good practice for knitting without looking at what I’m doing, I skill I plan to master!
I’ve probably got another block of 17 stripes left to go on the Granny Stripe blanket, and then another strip and a half to do of the knitted border… and then it’s time to dig out another WIP from the pile!
Wish me luck!