The other thing about this blanket - and I noticed this when I did other knitting in pure wool - is that there is not sufficient wool in it. There is more synthetic than I would like but to compensate there is alpaca, silk and mohair, and some nice cotton. So the blanket itself feels comfortable, but it does not have a woolly feel. Also, I am running low on double knitting weight yarns so there is more 4 ply doubled, and some of it is quite thin. Still, it is a nice blanket.
The first knitted garment that I unravelled is a zipped short sleeved cardigan in Rowan Cotton Glace. It is nicely knitted, and the zip is sewn in with care. Personally I find adding zips to knits too dangerous to attempt, too difficult to get right. The zip and the seams are sewn using sewing cotton. It was fiddly to cut, but I managed it without cutting the yarn unnecessarily. Otherwise it was easy to unravel.
I bought the second after I went to the Wool Show at Somerset House, in March I think. I was impressed watching the spinning, and being offered the chance to attempt using a spindle. But I am not going to learn to spin. There were samples of wool from different breeds of sheep, and I realised for the first time that the differences in the handspun wool that I find in charity shops, knitted or not knitted, does not depend on the spinner but on the breed of sheep. And handspun wool is so lovely that I decided to allow myself to buy garments knitted from handspun wool. This is the first and only one so far, since March.
The sweater is knitted in a lace twisted rib stitch, presumably to stop the rib from slanting. The wool is 4 ply weight, spun in 2 ply. I was disappointed that the kinks did not disappear after washing, but it is still nice. As it happened, I had it in mind for a different project, so I did not use it for this blanket.
This yarn brought a nice pale green colour to the blanket. I could not resist the wool because of the name - Cleckheaton - and because it is Australian. How wool travels. Without checking I will say that it is 80% wool 20% nylon, and it feels so nice. It was apparently intended for an adult sweater. I would say it is perfect for baby clothes.
My knitting is stagnating. I have just finished fastening the ends on blanket #154 and I have two, nearly three bus blankets to finish. I am in the middle of one knitted and one crochet cardigan, but if I wait to go back to them until I have finished all the blankets - and they will soon be four when I finish knitting #155 - when will that be? I also offered to reknit a sweater for a friend, and I have started but I have to put it aside because it is too hot to knit, and I want to start knitting for the winter. I feel stressed. I can only do one project at a time.