Finished Blanket

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Finally finished up the blanket...and it is en route to Madison to sweet little Clara. I started crocheting her one back in June before she was born, but once I learned how to knit, I decided that crocheting was for the birds - well not really - but knitting this up was a lot quicker for me. I still really like crocheting too and luckily there are many projects where these two abilities go hand in hand. I used size 11 needles and this yarn was pretty chunky and it all came together pretty quickly when I would actually sit down and work on it. I mostly knit the entire thing but did a few rows here and there where I would knit two, purl two (k2, p2) just to add a little bit of variation.

So my blanket ended when my variegated yarn ran out. It ended up being really soft and actually a pretty perfect size for just a lap blanket, but great for a cuddle blanket for a wee one. It was pretty much square when I was done.

square

And of course we had to test it out before sending it. Hopefully little Miss Clara will pose in a photo for us that I'll post as soon as she gets her gift. Since I'm sure you're all dying to see her sweet little face again, I know I am!

Testers Serious Testers

My little testers seemed to be fans of the cozy blankie - that's always a good sign. So onto other projects, next my plan is a bag/satchel of some sort.

I have a fun new book that I just got called Head to Toe Knits by Zoe Mellor and there are several projects in there I plan to attempt.

I'll dive into my yarn cubby to find the perfect yarn and I'm kind of thinking I might do a felted variation of something, I've been dying to knit and felt something, so I think that's my plan.

Folded Treasure

Still working on this...whenever I get a wild hair. And someday I'll finish at least this one! Who knows if I'll ever make two - no just teasin' I will!

sockie sock

Happy Knitting! Pull up a hammock and knit in the sunshine, who says you can't knit in the summer?

Project Slowdown

So I'm not really working very hard on any one project right now, my socks are on hold, I'm still plugging away with that other mystery project, when I need something to do with my hands. Here is about how hard I'm working on it.

StPattysKnit

This was on St. Patty's Day we like to enjoy a beverage with champagne and Guinness combined, I think it is called a Black Velvet but I'm not really sure. I've actually made quite a bit of progress on what I think is going to be a baby blanket, but I don't know whom it is for, and I'm certainly not following a pattern. I'm using size 11 metal needles and I was just told by my Great Aunt Jean (the master knitter) that I should work on an afghan. I was so curious as to how exactly you go about making a big afghan, I mean I felt like I was cramming all I could possibly cram onto the big needles I'm using for this tiny blanket (or as my husband calls them "tiny curtains" - that was when we had NO idea what the project might morph into)? She took my needle and crammed it even further down the needle - welp - I guess you can actually fit quite a bit more on there. See I just need people to show me things like this! So my blanket will probably be long and skinny and for a mystery baby.

The weather has been nice, I'm just finishing a photography class that eats up a lot of my nights (aka knitting time) for about a month, and time is something that I can't make more of. I think I'll be newly inspired when Grandma Jan visits in about a week, although we might be working on some quilt squares instead of knitting...but my big bag of booty (around 40 skeins of yarn) should be arriving with them from WI one week(ish) from today. So exciting!

I'll leave you with one last photo of my mystery project. I'm sure whatever it ends up being I'll like since I love colorful soft variegated yarn - even though it is an acrylic blend!

blankie

Happy Knitting!

Grandma’s Neck Warmer

Grandma's Neck Warmer

So just to show what a rookie I am - yesterday's post mentioned that the scarf pictured was garter stitch (but it wasn't) this neck warmer actually is! So yesterday was a stockinette stitch. I'm learning I'm learning. So I decided the first project should probably warm Grandma's (Mom's) Wisconsin Winter Chilled Neck. The only kicker was that she had to sew on her own button. Not that I can't sew on a button - she just has a much better button selection than I do. So she did actually put the very finishing touch on right before she snapped this pretty photo of herself.

I didn't have patterns for either of these projects I just kind of held them up as I went along and when I was satisfied with the length/width I called it good. They both came out pretty well (small pat on my own back) for a first timer! So onto more experimenting! This was similar to the scarf - I used a chunky wool blend and knitted it together with a variegated yarn to just add a little spunk. I used big needles again - just because it really speeds the project along and I like the look of it. I actually was in the middle of the yarn shop seeking out yarn when a sweet older woman approached me. She approached me because I was wearing my very colorful scarf that was actually knit by Jan (who is modeling this neck warmer).

Mama's Colorful Scarf

She told me she felt very comfortable talking to me because I was wearing something so colorful (warm fuzzies). Her advice was to get this inexpensive gigantic ball of yarn to mix with the solid colored yarns I selected - so I followed her advice and one of the skeins was the variegated I used in the blue scarf and the other was the variegated I used in the green neck warmer and there is still another color scheme you'll see in some of my projects. They are the balls of yarn that will last a lifetime - well not really - at the rate I'm going- but they will last quite a spell. Okay so that's all for today. I'm not sure on the size needles I used for the neck warmer - maybe 11? Something big! Happy Knitting!