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Lunchtime Update

3 Jan
The Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho.

The Chevron Baby Blanket by Purl Soho.

I have completed the knitting on my Chevron Baby Blanket. I’m totally smitten with this afghan and I wish it were my size. It could make a great lap blanket, but I think I’d like to save it for a baby.

I say I’m finished with the knitting because I’d like to line the wrong side of the afghan with some cotton fabric. This will make it even warmer and will help keep the ends from unweaving as the blanket gets washed repeatedly.

I think this project is great for both beginners or advanced knitters. The stitch pattern was easy to memorize and the neat design is a great payoff for a new knitter, while the bulky-weight guage offers fast satisfaction to a seasoned knitter who’s burned out on a shawl or more complicated patterns.

This pattern called for seven skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, which I have used on several occassions. However, this yarn is a bit pricey and the afghan would have cost more than $100 if I’d used it. I opted for Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted, which has been discontinued and was on clearance. In total, I paid $21 for the yarn (plus a little stash white cotton I had sitting around.)

The only adjustments I made to the pattern had to do with how much yarn I had. The pattern calls for 20 rows of each color (10 garter ridges), but I wasn’t sure I had enough yarn when I started, so I did 18 rows of each color. To make up for the lost length I added the white cotton stripe in the middle, and my afghan is just four rows longer than it would be if I’d followed the pattern.

I will definitely make this afghan again the future, though I’ll have to find some new yarn. I love the organic cotton feel, but Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (cotton/acrylic) or even the pricey Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton would be great choices.

I did estimate incorrectly on the amount of yarn I had, so I have leftovers of each color. I think I’ll make a matching bonnet!

Stripes

22 Dec

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I tried to post this photo another way, and it didn’t work. I’m continuing to make progress on my Chevron Baby Blanket, and every stripe I add makes it even prettier. After the white comes two greens and a dark gray. I can’t wait to finish this up. The final size will be about 2’x3′ and will weight nearly 2 lbs. I wish I could shrink down to baby size so I could cuddle under it.

To market

12 May

The Green Grocery Bag is a quick pattern from Ann Budd’s “Knitting Green”.

I’m continuing to work on a special present, which is by far the largest thing I’ve ever knit. Because of this I don’t have much to show right now, but this morning I did get to use something I knit last summer.

My Green Grocery Bag – from Ann Budd’s book Knitting Green – was a fast project that used up some extra bulky cotton yarn I had laying around. This bag stretches out beautifully, and is perfect for my favorite summer event: The farmer’s market!

This morning my bag brought home a haul of onions, fingerling potatoes, Swiss chard, yellow tomatoes, salad greens and handmade soap.

I’ll continue to knit away on my present, and sorry I can’t show it to you yet!