In which the folly of knitting in the dark is uncovered
Not too much knitting progress to report for this weekend due to the fact I was camping in a field with 17,000 other people for most of it. So I thought I would show where I was up to on my latest knit while watching the TV project. It's a baby blanket I am knitting for my new nephew/niece due in December
The pattern is 'borrowed' from a Debbie Bliss book that I was flicking through the last time I was in John Lewis looking at the yarn. It's basically a moss stitch panel in the centre in pale grey-blue with a darker blue garter stitch border (3 stitches and 4 rows wide). The yarn is Rowan wool cotton, which is lovely and soft. The moss stitch is also pleasingly nubbly, and the use of only moss and garter stitches makes the blanket reversable. I'm pleased what I've made so far but it is taking quite a while. I'm going to need to watch lots of films in the run up to Christmas to get this one finished in time.
But what has this got to do with knitting in the dark, I hear you ask? Well, I started this blanket in a fit of excitement on the very same day that I bought the wool, a couple of Saturdays ago. Mr A & I were just sitting down to watch a couple of films, which seemed like the perfect time to produce the first couple of inches, which I duly did. Mr A likes to watch films in the dark, but I was sure that wouldn't be a problem with such a simple pattern so I carried on regardless. Sadly I had to pay for it the next day. When I say this blanket is reversible, of course what I mean is 'practically reversible'. You can see from the picture below that you do get a little bit of interweaving of the two yarn colours on the blanket's wrong side as you twist the two yarns together to change from one to the other.
In my enthusiasm I had forgotten to allow for this, and had the crossover for the bottom edge on one side of the blanket and the crossovers for the side edges on the other. Doh!
I only noticed this on Sunday morning when I came to look at my work in the daylight. I looked and looked. And then unravelled the whole thing because I couldn't bear it. I reknit everything I had done later that day but it's still a bit frustrating. You live and learn I suppose :)