The kids are back at school, the temperature is dropping and the nights are drawing in. From now until the 7th October, there is 30% off Drops Baby Merino, Drops Cotton Merino, Drops Extra Fine Merino and Drops Big Merino, making this the perfect time to stock up for your winter knitting.
What to make, what to make, what to make?
Well, I always like to have a baby blanket or two on standby for gifts. My current favourite crochet pattern for a baby blanket is Attic 24’s neat ripple blanket. With a straightforward pattern repeat, I can work away on one of these blankets while my favourite show is on the tv, watching the kids doing their swimming lessons (while mentally shouting at the youngest to please, please, please just get in the water instead of sitting on the side of the pool!) or while sitting in the car waiting for the kids to get out of school.
Before starting the pattern for the first time I made myself a dishcloth using a ball of cotton to get me used to the pattern. I often do this as I don’t mind ripping back something small if I make mistakes while getting used to the pattern rather than ripping back long rows of work. There is the added benefit that my dad is constantly asking me for cotton dishcloths and making them in different patterns is much more interesting for me than knocking out the same knitted one all the time.
At the beginning of the summer (I know – what summer!) I finished my first blanket in Drops Extra Fine Merino. I chose to go with some neutral colours – 01 off white, 07 light brown, 08 light beige, 24 light yellow, 19 light grey blue and 15 light greyish green. I was a bit worried that yarn would be a bit splitty to crochet with, but it didn’t split on me and was a pleasure to work with. Even better was the fact that the blanket was soft, warm and machine washable (which quite frankly, as a mum of 3, is one of the most important attributes in any yarn used for baby items).
For my next and current one, I chose Drops Cotton Merino. A friend had purchased some earlier in the year and had just finished a blanket. She had spoken so highly of it I just had to give it a try. It has not disappointed! This time I went for a more vibrant colour combination – 01 off white, 13 coral, 24 turquoise and 10 pistachio. I have two balls of each colour, which is 880 metres in total and should be ample to finish my blanket.
Normally this blanket would cost €26.80 but during Merino Madness Month it only costs €18.80, a saving of €8. I have picked up yarn for my next few blankets already. But don’t worry, I left plenty for the rest of you!
Pamela Conroy is an avid knitter, crocheter and Mum of 3. On Saturdays she can be found working at Winnie’s giving advice to like minded crafters and eyeing up her next project in her spare moments!