Building Blocks

I love bank holiday weekends and we had a very relaxing one here. I got lots of knitting done and it felt so indulgent to be knitting on a Monday afternoon in front of the TV, catching up on “Flood” from the previous night.

Mostly blanket work the past few days and I’ve got lots more done. I’m almost up to date with all the squares (just two left to do) and I sewed another two blocks of squares together.

I wasn’t very happy with my seaming though. I haven’t been all along really. The magazine suggested backstitch to sew the squares together, but that looked dreadful. I had been doing mattress stitch which looks neat, but leaves a ridge on the back and that’s what I wasn’t happy with. I think the fact that I’m using acrylic for this blanket, makes the ridge even more prominent and quite stiff. So I with these blocks I decided to seam them slightly differently.

I am much happier with the result. The pieces lie much flatter now and I won’t have knobbly bits should I want to wrap myself up in it! It does sort of show on the right side of the blanket, but it looks like a feature rather than just a seam, so I’m going to go back undoing all the bulky seams on my other blocks and redoing them. It will be a nuisance to do, but I’ll be happier in the long run.

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Rugby Bear

Rugby Bear is finally done.

Rugby Teddy Bear

I’m pleased with how he’s turned out, but it was a bit of an effort to get there.

The pattern was fine. You had to pay attention to the instructions (due to the way they were written rather than them being incorrect) otherwise you would could lose track of what sentence you were on. A few more indicators of how many stitches you should have on the needle at various points would have helped.

Sewing him up was NOT fun. There are so many little pieces with toys and it just takes ages. Seaming all the limbs, head and body was fine, but I had big problems assembling him. He just looked like a zombie with his arms stuck out and legs too wobbly. I got so fed up with it, that Mum did it for me. I think part of the problem was down to the fact that I had the gathered up end of the body at the bottom not the top. Mum made him look much more teddy bear shape like.

But he does look cute. He’s going to join his brother (which my Mum made a couple of weeks ago) down in Cornwall where he will live with my little cousin and his soon-to-be step brother.

I’m reluctant to see him go though.  I might have to make another one… for me!

Sewing up

So I started sewing some of my blanket squares together last night. The magazine said to use backstitch, other books I had and someone on Ravelry said to use mattress stitch. That’s cool I thought. So I started using mattress stitch mainly and did a couple using back stitch as the pattern didn’t make it easy to line up the pieces for mattress stitch. Got 9 squares done. Then as I was packing up Mum said to me “but you’ve got ridges”. “Well yes”, I said, “how would you do it and not get ridges? I’ve just done what all the books told me to do”. “I’ll show you tomorrow” she replied.

DOH!! Wish she’d said something before I did an entire block!