Confession: I don’t mind knitting with acrylic.
Yes, I prefer knitting with natural fibres. Of course I do: they’re more interesting in texture and generally make better quality items. Yet I still have quite a large stash of acrylic and don’t mind finding projects to use it up.
At the moment that project is a baby blanket for my sister’s unborn child. I am nervous about sending it to her due to the fact I have had many things go missing, but it’s something that I’m going to have to risk.
Knitting this blanket with acrylic was not an easy choice. I wanted to make one with wool but I knew it would be fiddly for my sister to wash it (she’s not a knitter) and though I could have got superwash, price was still a factor. There are other things that need my funds these days – little things like food and rent and keeping our many pets alive. So I picked acrylic.
It’s soft enough and cute too but I fear I don’t have enough of this pale blue colour to finish the blanket. To remedy that I’ve started knitting an intarsia heart into the middle of it and though I’m not sure if that will work either, it’s worth a try.
This blanket isn’t from a pattern. I’m knitting it how it wants to come out with little input from my rational mind, though I regularly get co-worker’s opinions. One co-worker likes it so much she wants me to write up the pattern so that’s promising.
The thought of seeing this wrapped around my future nephew like a hug I can’t give him is the best thing ever. Who cares if it’s acrylic?