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Monday, July 28, 2008

Getting All My Ducks in a Row .....

During my visit home at Christmas last year my mother and I visited this really cool thrift shop where you can find hard back craft books for 50p ... one of the things I pounced on was this book of Beatrix Potter knitting patterns ...
... the designs are very dated and I really purchased it for bunny themed knitting ideas - but flicking through it the other day I found a pattern for Jemima Puddle Duck ... a baby blanket with duckies I thought - that would be sweet. Jemima, I decided, was more goose like than a duck so I changed the pattern to this ...
I used some of the wool given to me by Auntie Chris (it is amazing how much I have already used!) and it took a while to get the blanket correct as I discovered that designing shapes or pictures in a knitting pattern is not that simple!
I must have knitted and unravelled at least 15 times ... but finally I got all my ducks in a row ...
... and here is my little duckie baby blanket.
It measures 33 1/2" x 28" and has a moss stitch border. Perfect for a crib or a stroller or just for general snuggles.
I quite like ducks ... not quite as much as bunnies ... but they make me smile a lot. Can you believe it is nearly August? Where has the year gone?

24 comments:

  1. Your persistence paid off, it is just lovely, great job!

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  2. Wonderful blanket! Really cute - such a good idea. Well done you. x

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  3. that is gorgeous, well done, lovely shade of blue!
    Twiggy

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  4. You have done a fantastic job in designing and producing the blanket. I wouldn't have a clue where to start!

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  5. wow you are really clever, I would not know where to start designing this pattern for knitting! too cute :) Thanks for popping by my blog and for your kind words of encouragement :) Catherine x

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  6. this is sooo adorable!! i want one!! and by the way...i love the beatrix potter books...i stil have them all from when i was little :)

    laura

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  7. That is the sweetest baby blanket!!! Love those little duckies in a row.

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  8. The ducks are very cute! I love them all in a row. You did a great job. It was totally worth the effort. :)

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  9. It is absolutely eautiful Rachael! Almost makes me want another little person so that I could wrap him up in one of these!

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  10. wow...this is so great, worth all your time
    Sharon

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  11. What a gorgeous blanket! :)x

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  12. wow I love, it's very very nice !

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  13. That looks like a wonderful book and a real deal!

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  14. Gorgeous ducks - so charismatic. They look quite pourposeful - perhaps they're off to steal someone's picnic!

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  15. Really love the baby blanket. What a relief someone like you could give the book a new lease of life. x

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  16. That is a really lovely blanket, what gorgeous ducks!
    Kimx

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  17. I have just discovered your blog via Driftwood. What a delight! So many lovely creations. What a talent you have. I am only sorry that I missed the cupcake swap.
    Thank you for all you are sharing.

    Sheila

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  18. WOW - it is soooooo sweet. What an amazing job you have done, you must be thrilled!! =)

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  19. That blanket is beautiful! I just love Beatrix Potter so much!

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  20. What a lovely blanket! I really like the moss stitch border. I've used moss stitch borders on some baby blanket projects in the past and I'm always happy with how it looks in the end.

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  21. Oh my Lord, that is tooooo sweet!

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  22. It is really nice to see a baby blanket with pictures on instead of the usual lacy stuff - Its gorgeous - well done! - Natalie x

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