Saturday 20 June 2015

Having a whale-y good time

I have wanted to knit a blanket with whales on for quite a long time now, possibly since my son had a swimsuit with a rather cute whale on a couple of years ago. So when Knit Now had a call for submissions with a nautical theme a few months ago, I grabbed my colouring pencils and sketched this blanket.

I then failed to submit it as I realised that knitting a blanket to a tight deadline with two pre-school children, one of whom does not sleep all night was probably not a good idea, especially as I wouldn't be able to immediately gift it to a friend, so would probably have to knit two blankets within the same time frame. And then a close friend announced that she was expecting a boy, so I asked her whether she would prefer a whale or a rocket blanket. Handily she went for whales.

So a couple of weeks ago I popped into Hobbycraft to pick up a couple of balls of navy to get the blanket started (I need an easy on the go project, and blanket squares are perfect). I went for Hayfield Bonus DK, partly because I know what gauge I knit it to, and partly because I already have several of the colours in my stash. I ordered the other colours (the ones Hobbycraft don't stock) from Woll Warehouse.
And here's the first square. Hopefully I should get the whales charted soon.
Isn't the sheep stitch protector cute? Pity both my children like to take him for little walks...


  1. That stitch protector is amazing! Where's it from? Your children have good taste.

    1. Freebie with Knit Now a couple of months ago, one pink, one yellow. The pink one has vanished.