We're back from a few days in the Peak District, relaxed and refreshed. I'm not sure the same can be said for our hosts. I like to think we were providing a useful service; showing a couple who are expecting their first baby in six weeks time just what to expect in seven to eight years time. Just to make sure we got our point across, we went with another friend who has three children, including eight year old twins. The children fulfilled their side of the arrangement admirably.
Very little knitting was done. The baby blanket is finished and ws passed to said friends. Before I left London I thought it would be a good idea to photograph a cream blanket on a white sideboard, just to really show it off.
It turned out rather nicely. Here's a closeup of the edging, done in (Jill, look away now) recycled sari silk.
I know there were mixed feelings about using this on a baby item but I'm thinking of this less as a blanket to sleep under and more one to be used in a buggy or car seat. I washed the skein of sari silk several times before using it, so hopefully the colour won't bleed anymore. If the worst comes to the worst, it can be unpicked and another trim put on instead.
I love the colours of the sari silk and the effect it gave, but I found it broke a lot, both when I was winding it up and when I was knitting with it. As I was only doing a couple of rows it wasn't much of a problem, but it would have been very annoying if I had been doing a larger item. Has anyone else had this problem?
Off to do some laundry. The Wool Palace machine is moving on to Somerset for a few days. Thankfully our hosts know what to expect, being the childrens' grandparents and all. Have a good weekend.