So all this week I have been fighting with my Westport Blanket and having all kinds of trouble. As I was knitting last night it really started to sink in that my work didn’t really look anything like the pattern picture. I think I have found the source of my problem….I PRINTED THE WRONG PATTERN FROM MY LIBRARY! I also own the Brookside Blanket also by Fifty Four Ten Studio and accidentally printed that from Ravelry.
As you can see, this pattern photo looks MUCH more like what was I was knitting than what I showed in my post on Tuesday.
Now, this pattern and blanket are lovely. But they just aren’t what I intended. And since the border edge is already messed up on one side I’m just going to frog the entire thing and start over WITH THE CORRECT PATTERN this time. Man, I can be really silly sometimes but I might have to turn my knitter card in over this one though.
I picked up my Westport Blanket last night to continue progress and listen to some podcasts. Well, I *thought* had the pattern sequence in my brain and was only half looking at my pattern. I might have also consumed an ice cold alcoholic beverage after dinner because work has been less than pleasant lately. And I was knitting along and laughing at my podcast just so pleased with myself! Then a blunder hit me smack dab in the forehead!
See my two borders of the blanket? Yeah…one is a sort of broken stitch and one is a weird ribbing. I mis-read (or didn’t read at all) one of the border row instructions and just blithely knit along. I’m putting this in time out until I have the fortitude to ladder down and fix the three columns that are wrong.
I really should know better by now. But I guess this is just another opportunity to learn! Happy Knitting!!
I have conquered the annoying yarn vomit and managed to start my baby blanket! With my Mighty Stitch held double I just over 600 yards for a blanket. So I did a quick search of my queue and favorites and found the Westport Blanket by Fifty Four Ten Studio.
So after the kids went to bed I managed to get a good start on the blanket. I have enough yarn for the Small size. It’s supposed to be crib or lap sized. I didn’t check gauge (bad knitter, I know) so I don’t know if I’ll end up with the pattern dimensions. Ask me if I care? 🙂
You just gotta love bulky yarn on big needles right? Even with my limited knitting time I feel like I accomplished something decent!
I managed to add three more colors and use up those scraps to the very last inch! That aspect of this kind of project just makes me so happy. I love to put every little bit of amazing yarn to good use. I am finding the white sock yarn to be a bit more rough than I’m used to with the indie dyed yarn I have been working with lately. But I think it will all balance out in the end with a good wash.
My memory blanket has kind of faded to the background with my mojo shifting towards shawls lately. But I have recently finished my Mini Solutions Scarf and had just the teeniest bits of yarn left of each color.
So I decided I could manually fade them into my memory blanket. It is totally a BUNCH of ends to weave in but the squares are just so gorgeous! I made the first square in the same order as the shawl. And then had enough yarn to reverse the order and do a second square.
I mean the second square really was using up every last inch of the yarn so it’s not as evenly graduated. But I think that just makes each square unique plus I had ZERO leftovers!! These two squares piqued my interest in my other blanket and so I just HAD to work on that one as well. Stay tuned…
I broke down. I couldn’t wait anymore. Arbitrary knitting rules be damned. I needed to start my Northeasterly blanket!
I am holding my fingering weight scraps held double with a cone of plain white sock yarn. Even after washing this white yarn is not the softest sock yarn I’ve ever knit with. But I love how it’s marling nicely with the sock scraps.
Because I’m using fingering weight held double I’m following the DK weight pattern instructions. It took me a minute to get the pattern in my brain but I was able to work up an entire scrap ball during kiddo nap times. This will be long term project much like my memory blanket and I absolutely love it!!
I’ve managed to add eight more squares to my scrap memory blanket over the past few weeks. This has been my reward knitting and mood boost knitting. I am making progress on my WIPs and for each milestone I add a square as a reward.
I’m almost wide enough to cover the top of a full sized bed! Though I have a long way to go in length. But I’m in no rush for this to be done. This project is all about the process for sure!
I have been itching to work on my memory sock yarn blanket. And it’s been pulling all of my knitting focus. But close on its heels is my Northeasterly blanket. I have scraps, needles, pattern and my coned yarn to hold doubled all kitted up in a bag. And after a helpful comment on this blog about coned yarn….I decided to wind off a skein of the white yarn and wash it.
This being for two reasons, one to wash off the spinning grease that is used to manufacture coned yarn and two to see if the yarn blooms and shrinks up. I wouldn’t want wonky fabric after spending so much time knitting a blanket for Pete’s sake! So I stole some quiet time while PB was napping and while hubby and Jellybean were out building a snowman last weekend. I had yarn and a podcast….it was heaven!
I wound off yarn until I felt like I had a decent amount and tied off a skein. Don’t mind the dog hair, it’s just considered extra fiber content in this house. (Dex is blowing his coat yet again and I’m now vacuuming almost daily and still can’t keep up!)
The skein has since had a bath and is drying (slowing) in the laundry room. When sufficiently dry I will wind it into a cake to be ready for blanket knitting! Jellybean seemed keen to work my yarn swift and sad I finished my skein without him. So as a mommy and me project we might make a second skein to wash one of these evenings. We will see if his interest abides ninja figures and magnetic tile building.
At the moment within easy walking distance I have one adult sweater, one child sweater, a frogged shawl, a really close to be done pair of socks, a DK hat and the yarn to start another scrap blanket. I really could focus and finish the socks and child’s sweater soooo easily but my mojo for them isn’t there. All I REALLY want to knit right now is my memory blanket.
I finished the column I had started this summer. My blanket is now 13 squares wide by 11 rows long. It’s a nice one person lap blanket size now. I think I want to add two more columns in width and see how happy I am with that size. This for whatever reason has been balm for my tired mom soul that has battled pink eye, cold viruses, and rotovirus all since Christmas. It’s just so pretty and I love adding more and more color.
My knitter brain wants to clean up my WIP pile and have those FOs in my hot little hands. But my tired mom soul just can’t quite manage that, especially when she tells me to go to sleep at 8:30 pm right after the kids. I may make a deal with myself….knit on my WIPs for 30 min and then 30 mins on my blanket. Just to make my two halves happy. I mean a little carrot knitting didn’t hurt anyone right?
P.S. What you can’t see? I took this to work for a TWO HOUR long webex meeting and wove in all my ends. The back of this thing is pristine!
I have gone completely bananas. There is just no other explanation for what I did. I went and lost what little I had left of a brain and ordered a cone of yarn….A CONE! It’s a million miles of fingering weight un-dyed yarn. All because I needed to start another scrap blanket.
I have been seeing and hearing about Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis all over blogs and vlogs and I couldn’t stand it anymore. I almost started right off with my scraps from my mitered square memory blanket. But the pattern is written for DK and Fingering. You can achieve DK weight by holding two fingering weight yarns together. And my brain went “Oh…let’s do a marl!” and off I went to find some white un-dyed yarn. I snagged a cone of Franklin’s Natural sock yarn from Webs that was on sale so that I can hold doubled with my scraps. I will get a lovely marled yarn look and make all the crazy scraps look a little more cohesive.
When will I have time to start this? Who knows! But I have the yarn kitted up in a project bag with the pattern. I’m hoping to dig out some US 5 needs on the shortest cord I can find in my stash. I really don’t want to work on straight needles or managed a bunch of extra cord for not that many stitches. Maybe this will make a great new start for the 2019 new year?