Cast On: PB’s Birthday Blanket

I had a TON of yarn leftover from PB’s birthday monster. Like almost 1.8 full skeins. I drastically overbought for her monster toy. But as to not waste any soft baby friendly yarn I decided Baldwin needed a coordinating blanket. PB has an affinity for soft things so I’m hoping she will cuddle under a soft blanket.

I chained 100 stitches and then started working my version of a half double crochet back across. I managed one full row back before PB woke up the first time last night. I have ZERO illusions this will be done by her actual birthday on Friday. But she’s 1….what’s she going to know if I take another month to finish this one??

Happy Crafting!!

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Easter Appropriations

I have stated before but my mother is a very talented seamstress. And for the last 5-6 years she has been collecting jeans to make scrap projects and bags. For Easter she handmade two bucket style bags for PB and Jellybean. The exteriors are jean leftovers and the inside is quilting cotton. Jellybean got superhero fabric and PB got some really cool pink and grey circles. And of course Grandma filled the buckets with treats.

Unfolded they really turned out pretty tall! And the pocket on the outside is completely function-able. The jean makes a nice bag that stands up on its own. But my heart was really taken by the cute pop of contrast the quilting cotton provides.

Being as that PB is 11 months and pretty much has no use for bags…I kind of appropriated her bucket. My Westport Blanket really needed a project bag. And this size is perfect for the six skeins of yarn this blanket is going to use! It stands up nicely on its own and is great to knit from.

Now I just need to find time and energy to keep this blanket chugging along! Spring has finally sprung here in Kansas and everyone is begging to be outside in this house. We need to enjoy the nice weather before the bugs and heat set in!

Happy Knitting!!

Back On Track

After all my blunders on my Westport Blanket, I’m finally back on track!

I have worked the initial garter border section for 3.5 inches (ish). And I have just now started the first pattern repeat. I managed to make it through halfway through the first pattern repeat before PB woke up and demanded my attention. I’m super in love with the pattern that is emerging.

The stockinette panels are really showing up well in this yarn. This is Knit Picks Mighty Stitch held double. I’m using the Celestial colorway.  This is the perfect halfway project between mindless knitting and just enough interest to keep me working. A few rows of patterning followed by a swath of garter.

I have no deadline for this project and I find myself picking this project up as a palette cleanser on my “bad brain days” or in between other projects. It’s kind of nice to have a peaceful project tucked away waiting for me. Do you have a peaceful project?

Happy Knitting!!

I Might Have To Revoke My Knitter Card

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. 

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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.

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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.

Off to the frog pond I go!

Westport Blanket Blunder

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!!

Cast On: Westport Blanket

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.

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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!

Happy Knitting!!

Marled Northeasterly

Yesterday I talked about my memory blanket and it really gave me the itch to pick up my Northeasterly.

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.

Happy Marling!!

 

Gradient Squares

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…

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Northwesterly

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!!

Happy Knitting!!

Preparation

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.

Happy Knitting!!