Thursday, March 7, 2013

Blanket for Baby Bean!

good afternoon!
hehe! it's still raining here...
but we're down to a few stormy showers a day
instead of a constant deluge.
i am going to be a grandma soon,
around the end of may...
all being well.
it's a boy!
little bean.
it's been a good excuse for a browse in the baby section
at the department store
and i've been gathering a few tiny things in assorted sizes...
all very small.
i've also been knitting a 'purl bee' blanket...
i'm now just over half way through...
this is the easiest blanket i've ever seen...
120 stitches, garter stitch, one ball of yarn per stripe...8 ply, 4.00mm needles.
i've used acrylic 'cos when i had my first baby
i had knitted things in pure wool
quite a few bootees and jackets were rendered useless
as i shrunk them in the washing machine or dryer.
this blanket will happily be washed and dried without fear of shrinkage!
i have stalled on my scarf.
it's those pesky ends.
i really don't feel like sewing them in...
but i'm sure when the cold weather hits in a month or so
i will summon the required energy to do the job.
so much for stripes.
this week has been full of challenges...
cars breaking down
and misunderstandings.
it's all turning out ok.
what's your week been like so far?
naturally Carol xox


  1. Congratulations!! How exciting to become a grandmother. The baby blanket you're making looks so warm and cozy. Smart to choose acrylic!
    Have a great day!

  2. What a pretty scarf... and look forward to seeing the completed baby blanket. Very snuggly. Love from soon to be great aunt Jillxx...goodness aren't we getting old :)

  3. It's so beautiful. I'd really like to knit a blanket, will you please do a photo tutorial? Pretty please?!

  4. Lucky baby, that looks gorgeous! thanks for your tips about zucchini. I did try hand pollinating a while ago but nothing happened. However I went outside after reading your comment and discovered that two extra bushes have got little baby green zucchinis on them so maybe the lavender is achieving something or maybe it is just a case of patience!

  5. Congratulations Carol! Your blanket is going to be a great pressie :-)
    Take care & I hope tomorrow is good and the weekend too!
    Sarah x

  6. A baby bean, how wonderful! Those shops have way too many cute clothes these days. Loving the colours you're working with and I don't know where the week has gone, but we are over the rain!

  7. Congratulations on becoming a Grandma soon - how very very exciting!!! I love the Purl Bee blanket and the colours you have chosen are perfect for your soon-to-be grandson. Lucky baby! And your scarf is finished - it's terrific! Enjoy the rest of the week. Mel x

  8. That is wonderful news Carol..congratulations to you all.
    I love the simplicity of that blanket. My nana knitted for the first four of our five babies and I was known to shrink more than an item or two.
    I don't envy you having to sew in those threads, it's the one job I avoid doing for as long as possible.

  9. What a lucky little boy he will be having a blanket knitted by his Granny. xxxx

  10. What wonderful news, congratulations :)

    My week ... chaotic ... I feel a bit like all those ends on your scarf ... all over the place!

    That's a lovely snuggly blanket x

  11. How exciting... a new baby bean! Good to hear that the deluge has slowed to a drizzle, and lovely to see your stripy knits. I agree, leave those ends for a winter's eve and you'll get them sewed in in no time.
    Enjoy the rest of your week

  12. Congratulations! That's wonderful!!!

    I just love your baby blanket--that's going to be so cozy for the little guy. =) And I'm with you about weaving in ends. I have a LOT of ends on my new temperature scarf, so I'm weaving in as I go so it won't be so overwhelming at the end. But your stripes are so fun!

  13. Congratulations, Carol!! Your blanket looks great and I think acrylic is definitely the most practical option.

    My week - rushing round the UK seeing family before we head over to the US to live. Hectic but good!!

  14. Congratulations on your pending "Grandmahood." What fun! I love the colors you chose for the little bean's blanket.

  15. how exciting, a boy!! So much fun preparing for the big arrival, beautiful blanket, I love the soft colors, I wish we had some rain, all we get is snow and more snow!

  16. That's wonderful news Carol! That's a beautiful blanket there :-)

  17. How wonderful Carol!! Love the sweet colors of the blanket!! It will definitely be a treasure!! xo Heather

  18. Fantastic news, Carol! The blanket you are making for Baby Bean is gorgeous...I do love garter stitch very much and the colours are lovely.
    Wishing you a happy weekend!
    Helen x

  19. Congratulations Carol this is such wonderful news, how exciting. I bet this little bean is going to be awfully spoilt with all the handmade goodness you'll create. The showers are much easier to deal with aren't they? It would be nice to see a little more sunshine though. xx

  20. Oh Carol. What delightful news, my friend. Congratulations! I am seriously impressed with your progress so far and can't wait to see the finished beauties! J x


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