Saturday, February 15, 2014

Diagonal Blanket

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I started a beautiful blanket for a little girl (hubby’s co-workers baby) and thought I had enough yarn. I was weighing the yarn as I was going, as it started off in the corner and you work your way to the size you want, then you start decreasing once you have reached the half way point. Well… something didn’t calculate right, and I ended up running out of yarn with a 7 rows to finish. I was so upset! And of course, the yarn I was using was stash yarn (not from my yarn shop) that I picked up numerous years ago, at Walmart. It’s Red-Heart Eco-Ways, a recycled blend. It actually knits up nicely. Anyhow, I made a few calls, checked (just in case) at Walmart (and Fabricville) to see as they both carry Red-Heart, but neither of them had Eco-Ways. I called my supplier who carried Coast & Clark, the company who makes Red-Heart, and my contact said that the yarn has been discontinued for at least 2 years and that she even looked to see in their random bin at work, but they didn’t have any of that to send me. Hmmm… next step, was Ravelry. I sent a message to a handful of people who had the yarn in the same colorway in their stash. I heard back from several people and managed to get some extra yarn to finish off the blanket, and make another one.

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The pattern was How To Do Corner Start Diagonal Crochet by Sandi Marshall and I used a 5.5 mm (I) crochet hook. The blanket with both colors is about 260g of yarn. I am pleased with the final results, and it would have been finished earlier had I not run out of yarn. The recipient loves the blanket as well.

7 comments:

Kerry said...

It's beautiful! So glad you got the yarn to finish!

Sanja T said...

Beautiful. I love the colors.

Spinner said...

So beautiful. And yay Ravelry for helping you out! Can't think of any way you would have finished it without and exact match. Glad the little recipient likes it too :)

Teena in Toronto said...

The edging makes it look soooo nice :)

SapphireBlue said...

In the immortal words of Tim Gunn, "Make it work!" Great job!

g-girl said...

The blanket looks amazing! Thank goodness for rav! :)

Jenny said...

I love it! Super cute and hooray for finding the extra you needed!