Since this is my first post on this knitting blog, I figured I'd post the last project I actually completed: a baby blanket.
One of my co-workers and his wife recently welcomed a newborn boy to the world. While I wanted to create a fitting gift for the occasion, I'm a relative novice at knitting -- perhaps six months or so -- and it was a challenge to find a baby blanket pattern that (a) I could actually accomplish and (b) would be attractive and interesting enough to present as a gift.
The blanket shown above wasn't my first attempt. I'd first tried a "windowpane" blanket, which required me to knit five vertical panels that could be stitched together. The outer and center panels were a solid color, while the other two panels alternated colors. When the blanket was stitched together, I was sort of OK with the color effect, but I was unhappy with the workmanship. Add to that an unfortunate snag -- one of the panels started to unravel, and I had no idea how to fix it -- and I knew I had to try again.
The biggest challenge for this baby blanket pattern had always been how to come up with a finished project that was clearly for an infant, yet didn't scream pastels. The parents are sort of hipster-y, skateboard-riding rockers who wouldn't be caught dead in anything sherbet-colored, so why consign their kid to that fate? I had to think long and hard about colors that were clearly male, yet that didn't come across as too cutesy.
Since I have been overcome by my knitting passion I had began to have issues of where to put my projects and how to transport them to various places that I can sit and knit. (Every friggin spare moment that I have.)
Last holiday, my partner gave me a soft tool bag by "Craftsman" and it came with a small bag inside the larger bag. I was rushing around trying to find a bag and I happened to grab the tool bag by accident.
All I have to say is it worked out to my advantage. It s great bag to through a knitting book in alone with the appropriate tools for the project and away I go.
Here is my latest project. These were felted last Saturday and took until today (Monday here in Oz) to dry. The brown ones have turned out the better pair and the grey ones will have to have another turn at the felting process. They were inadvertently left in the washer for a full cycle including cold rinses and fast spin as we had some visitors drop in and I promptly forgot them. The full cycle seems to have no adverse effects. Anyone else done this????
They are very comfy and are great to walk in but just a bit slippery on our polished floors.
Hey, everyone! The scheduled chat last Thursday was a big success. There will be another scheduled chat Monday night, 10PM Eastern time, August 14th.
This will be a time that you can log on and (hopefully) there will definitely be someone in teh chatroom to chat wiith. No special topic . . just anything you want to talk about . . . you knitting projects, questions, share ideas, . . . or whatever you want, with other folks that share common interests.
I hope to see y'all there.
I made these with some super bulky Reynolds Lopi that I bought a while ago (at half price) and hadn't found a use for. Because of it's weight I used it single stranded. I've felted the regular bulky Reynolds Lopi many times with great results and I thought I would get the same percent of shrinkage with this, but it looks like I was incorrect. They took about ten passes through the wash and one pass through the dryer to get them about as shrunken down as they're going to get and although made for a men's size 11 are more likely to fit a size 13 to 15. I didn't put much effort into shaping them while wet because I was disappointed about the size, but I think I still like the way they turned out, and they will make a nice present for my brother who's feet should fit in them perfectly. I just need to make another pair for his wife!
On Wednesday I spent the afternoon at the Ventura County Fair, about an hour north of Los Angeles, and boy, was I pleasntly surprised by what I found in the Home Arts building!
Tons of knit goods from finely knit lace shawls to bulky knit afghans, from baby christening gowns to beautiful Fair Isle sweaters.
I have to say, I've already started a mental list of all the things I want to knit, and I might just start with a new sweater for myself.
So, if you find yourself in need of inspiration, look to your local county fair.
Wow it has been sometime since I have written something.
So here we go.
I am so happy with the response that has come from my forum topic about dish clothes. It has produced some interesting conversation and some links to great sites that have many patterns on them..
The only down fall to this is that my wife feels that now I am spending as much time with her as I should, but hey I can't help it I love to knit and it is hard to set the needles down once I start knitting.
Well I am off to go for a bike ride with my wife, we both finally each have a bike to ride.
for helping me out --it looks like that extra K2tog stitch worked!
Progress pictures soon... I left my camera at work and wont be able to take pics until Monday.
Don't laugh...but could someone please tell me how to update my profile...I am sure it's some link staring me right in the face, but I haven't had lunch yet and I'm losing my mind!