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Rainbows

You know when you find something on Pinterest and think – yep I can do that?  Well I did!

A friend showed me a beautiful rainbow blanket she’d found on Pinterest a while ago – well I say a while ago – it was just before Christmas.   It can be found on this lovely blog about nurseries here.

mimi5I knew she was expecting a boy soon and she asked me to make a rainbow blanket  for him as his pram blanket – and I didn’t have much time as he was due to arrive very soon!

So google found me a trusty granny stripe pattern on Attic’s 24 blog.

Next was the wool ….. I decided to go for highly recommend Sytlecraft Special DK. The choice of colours was endless.  Far too many to narrow down to just a “boy” rainbow – so I ended up buying a few more to make a blanket for me too.

This is where this post will start to make sense.  As I’m sure when you think December baby, need to finish it quick – why on earth is she writing about this now – it’s June???   I finally finished my blanket is why!!!!  So happy – it was a marathon to get done…. but I’ll save that for later.  Back to my “Boy” rainbow……

I order loads of colours, and it was delivered on Christmas Eve.  I didn’t even realise it was my yarn as it came so quickly I didn’t bother opening the box until the evening as I thought it was yet more gifts for me to wrap.  Then I found this little lot…. imagine my surprise and complete joy!

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The photos now are awful as it being the UK, it’s dark and dreary and basically night time for the majority of the day in Winter!

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All these wonderful colours….. but how to decide which ones to use?

The Lovely Lucy of Attic 24 uses pegs…. I thought – yes – great idea – I’ve got pegs, and then realised the kids had used them and painted them – so improvisation was needed.  High tech Cardboard!

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To limit colours for a boy……. ummmmmm

IMG_8195Then I discovered the friend really “doesn’t like purple” – attempt number 2

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Even this was too purple….

IMG_8450I made a sampler.  Attic 24’s blanket has 2 rows of each colour.  This one we wanted more of an impact – so one row of colour for each of the ones we’d picked.  I thought I’d cracked the colours, then we ended up changing things again!

A brighter red was needed – a mercy dash on New Years eve to the local wool shop before it closed at 2pm (I phoned at noon)where they luckily had a bright bright red called “lipstick”.

IMG_8456But then the orange and red looked awful together!

All the while this is going on and decisions are being made my other blanket is taking shape!

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But then I changed my mind on this one too!

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Decisions finally made  – the “Boy Rainbow” blanket finally started taking shape (along with mine)!

IMG_8539And I fell in love with it!

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IMG_8280The worst bit of making a blanket….. single stripes gives a great effect – but those ends – oh my those ends!  It was so so boring and took forever (I think is why I stopped mine momentarily)!

Edging needed to be decided…….

IMG_8989And then…. only  a little late (As the baby was early!) – one “Boy Rainbow” blanket was finished.

Do you want to see it?

Oh – ok then!

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