Monday, February 15, 2010

Knitting a Baby Blanket Diagonally!

I have always wanted to have a go at knitting something diagonally, from corner to corner. After I finished knitting the random stripes jumper for my daughter last year, I had quite a lot of pink yarn and some white yarn left over. I looked on the Internet for a free knitting pattern to use up this yarn and came across this free easy stitch baby blanket pattern that is knitted from corner to corner.

When I started knitting the baby blanket, I had no idea who I was going to give it to. I'm not planning to have any more children and no-one I knew was pregnant at the time. Then, a few months later, my best friend in England told me that she was pregnant! I still wondered if the baby would be a girl as my friend told me that she thought it was a boy! Then, at her 20 week scan, she found out, to her delight, that she is expecting a girl!

I am thrilled that the blanket will have such a good home. Also, my daughter and I made an extra baby girl card from the cut-price craft materials we bought last year - that card will also find a good home in a few months time! My friend thinks that I'm psychic - I don't think so but I do believe that there is an overall purpose to life and little things like this make me realize that I should stop worrying, stop being negative and just live life to the full, because everything will turn out fine!!

Anyway, back to the blanket - I have now knitted a lot more than is shown in the photo. For the first half of the blanket, you increase one stitch on each row and the pattern tells you to do this until you have 208 stitches on the needle. Well, I reached 160 stitches and my needle was so crowded that I couldn't fit another stitch on (the pattern did advise using a circular needles but I have never knitted in this way). So, I have now started to decrease on each row, which will take me back to the opposite corner. It will make a smaller blanket but it should still be large enough for small baby.

Having a deadline for finishing the blanket (i.e. before the baby's due date) is also good for me as I always take so long to finish projects!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Great Giveaway at The Creative Place - Fabric Stash and Paper Scrap Packs!

If, like me, you can't resist beautiful fabrics and/or pretty paper, why not take part in this wonderful giveaway at The Creative Place. You could win either a whole stash of brightly colored fabrics or a whole assortment of decorative papers that you could use for scrapbooking, card making, collaging or other paper crafts.

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on the giveway post, but, hurry, the closing date is this Sunday, 7th February. I am so pleased that the giveaway is also open to those of us who live outside the USA! On many occasions, I've got excited about a giveway that someone has blogged about, only to click into the giveaway and find that it's only open to US residents - that's always disappointing!!

You can also receive extra entries into the giveway if you post about it on your blog or on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or other sites.

So, what are you waiting for, go over to The Creative Place and enter the giveaway! Good luck!
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