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Biscuit’s Blanket

14 Aug

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I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath to see how this turned out. Truth be told, I kind of was too! My goal was to have it finished by his second birthday, and I cut it pretty close to the wire. As in, I wove in the last ends and trimmed them off the night before his birthday. So now he has a sweet blanket that he can’t use for several more months because we live in the South and it’s summer and there is absolutely no need for wool in the summer.

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At the start I had planned on knitting a bunch of mitered squares and then sewing them together when I had enough. Fortunately, Katie convinced me to just pick up and knit each square, which probably saved me time and helped me meet my goal. Each square was a pretty quick knit, but man, it was a boring project.

When I finally finished, I did a little finagling to get the edges all lined up, then did 2 rows of single crochet around the edges to make it really finished. During the process I was afraid it would turn out a bit too purple, but the colors blended really nicely and I am pleased with the finished result.

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The important thing is that Biscuit likes it! I couldn’t work on it in front of him, or he would insist on having it draped on him or wrapped around him. I took it on our trip to the beach, and didn’t get to work on it the entire car ride, because it was tucked around his little legs while he swung them happily and patted his belly, smiling about “my own blanket.” Hopefully he gets lots of use out of it this winter, either keeping him warm in bed or wrapped around him in the car for the trip to school on cold days.

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Started: September 20, 2013

Finished: July 11, 2014 (Hey! Less than a year!)

Yarn: Knit Picks Worsted Chroma, colorway Rainbow; Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, colorway Cloud

 

In which I ramble about, uh, stuff

22 Apr

Okay kids! Let me tell you a little bit about what’s been going on lately. In the form of a list, because I love lists, lists are good.

1. We bought a house! A real, honest to goodness house with a yard and a dining room and a bathroom where GP and I can both brush our teeth at the same time without accidentally spitting on each other. Closing is on May 30 and will move in almost immediately after that. We actually moved the closing date up by 2 weeks because we cannot stand to stay in our current place any longer. I mean, I don’t mind sharing my house with my cat and my dog, but I really don’t like sharing with an unknown amount of mice. That’s just nasty.

2. I got new yarn to work on Biscuit’s baby blanket. Maybe I should start calling it something other than his baby blanket, though. My goal is to finish it before he turns 2….Hopefully it will not be too small to cover him by then. If it is, too bad. I’m putting it on him anyway. A wool blanket in summer? Probably better if it only covers his feet anyway.

3. I ran myself a half marathon on the 13th and did pretty dang good! Finished in 1:57:07, which is a PR by over 2 minutes! Not bad considering I only had about 5 weeks to train for it because I am slightly wacko. I ran with a friend of mine (@sassysparky on Twitter) and she beat me by about 5 seconds. The course was pretty hilly, but my legs eat hills for breakfast, followed by waffles with peanut butter. Still, it was a lot of fun, and I might consider doing it again next year (or the full, if I am feeling even crazier).  Now that I’ve completed both of my running goals for 2014 (that was fast) I have to come up with something new to strive for.

4. So I’ve started doing pushups again. Started yesterday, and I think it was a bad idea. Arms sore. Baby heavy.

5. I should really work on not calling Biscuit a baby anymore.

6. Spring is finally here! The only thing that could be better is if we just jumped right in to summer and stayed there FOREVER!

Okay, that’s all I got. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

A blanket for Biscuit

8 Oct

Well, I finally got my act together and starting knitting a baby blanket for my not-so-little baby. I mean, winter is coming and all that. By which I mean it has been in the 80s the past few days but there is the chance that one day it might get below 60. Maybe.

Miters!

Miters!

I am using the rest of the yarn from the POP! blanket, because I accidentally ordered twice as much as needed! Since I don’t want to knit the same blanket twice I decided to go for a mitered blanket. I’ve wanted to knit one for forever, and I think the variegated colors with the white will look spectacular in stripes

Oooo, gradient!

Oooo, gradient!

I managed to knit 2 squares, then got sidetracked by a crochet project, then got lazy and kind of forgot to knit for awhile. Oops. At this rate he’ll have a baby blanket by the time he heads off to college.

POP!, the final product

19 Aug

Ok, I know you have all been refreshing your feed readers daily in hopes of seeing the finished product of this bad boy. Or, if you’re like me, you forgot to ever move your feeds from Google Reader, so you haven’t read any new blog posts by anyone since July. Whatevs!

Fantastic

Fantastic

When I las left you, I had finished knitting all these cute but annoying little squares and just needed to sew them together and block the whole thing. Well, let me tell you, it was much easier than I expected! I mean, I had to use a crochet hook to sew them together, which could easily have ended in disaster since my crochet skills are, to put it nicely, subpar. But it was fast and pretty easy.

Oh, the ends!

Oh, the ends!

Of course then I had about a thousand little ends to weave in. Like 2 or 3 for every square. I do like sewing up knitted objects, but that’s sweaters and stuff. Weaving in ends? No. Just no. Someone needs to invent a knitting technique that leaves no ends anywhere. Even the cast on end. You know what? Someone probably already has and I just need to find it on YouTube.

Do you see the torture of the ends? Do you see???

Do you see the torture of the ends? Do you see???

But hey, I got it done with time to spare! Not only did I finish it before we went to Colorado to meet the new baby, I finished it before the baby was even BORN.

Blocking on the magic blocking towel.

Blocking on the magic blocking towel.

I think that’s a first, for real. In fact, I haven’t even started Biscuit’s blanket yet, and he’s 13 months old now. Speaking of babies, prepare to awww or squee, whichever is your cup of tea.

Man, I love babies.

Man, I love babies.

Pattern: POP! by Tin Can Knits

Yarn: KnitPicks Chroma for the colors, Wool of the Andes (maybe) for the white

Notes: It got boring and tedious, but I think it’s worth the effort. It gives a really gorgeous product, and would look just as good with more subdued colors.

Layout

4 Jun

DISCLAIMER: If you’re about to have a baby, like, by the end of the month, I strongly urge you to look away. If you don’t, you will either ruin your own surprise, or be really upset when you find out this isn’t for you. Just so you know.

Well. This should have taken much less time, but I’ll be honest and admit that the charm of knitting these little squares was soon overruled by the tediousness. Still, I powered through and knit the final square on Saturday.

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Sunday I lightly steam blocked the individual squares and realized I had messed up the white portion of two. So, after reknitting and then blocking those I was finally able to get an idea of how this thing is going to look.

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I laid out the squares. Rearranged. Rearranged some more. Swapped places. Finally took a picture not only for the blog, but to remember how I like them laid out. Then I stacked them in what appeared to be a logical manner but will probably just wind up confusing me.

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Now to seam all 20 blocks together by some method I’ve never done before then give the thing one last wet block. I’ve got just about 4 weeks. This is doable, even for my lazy self.

POP!

9 Apr

Disclaimer: If you have any reason to expect a hand knit baby blanket in the next few months and would rather be surprised, STOP READING! Warning – Pictures ahead! 

 

Still here? Okay.

Back around Valentine’s day Tin Can Knits had a pattern give away. Any pattern for free! One is the super cute POP! blanket, which can be knit as a full sized blanket or a baby blanket. Since someone I know is having a baby in June, I thought this would be a perfect project. Not only is it cute, I get to learn some new techniques!

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Gratuitous yarn picture.

Each square starts in the center, requiring a pinhole cast on using a crochet hook. I had to look this one up, but it’s really quite easy. Then there’s a lot of increasing and making a bigger circle until, finally, you put on some corners to make the thing a square.

Each square is really fast. I put down 6 in about 3 evenings of knitting. I thought I had done 5, but when I pulled them out of my bag to take a picture, there was another one! So either I knit it and forgot about it, or some sneaky little elves live in the house and knit at night. Like the elves that help out the cobbler. Anyway, I need 14 more squares, I think, to make a baby blanket. Then all those squares get sewn together for the final product.

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Yes, they are square. They just need to be blocked first.

I was really expecting the colors in this yarn to be more saturated. The look it in the pictures, but in real life they’re a bit more subdued than I wanted. I hope that against the white background they will really, well, pop out more and appear brighter. Even if they don’t I think it’s going to be really cool when it’s all done.

Despite being a little bit fiddly, I am enjoying knitting these squares. I might just make another blanket after I’m done with this one. I mean come on, I never made a baby blanket for Biscuit.

Just slow down there!

30 Jan

Is it just me, or did January basically fly by? Granted, we were out of town for a week, then sick for a week, but the other 2 weeks almost seemed non-existent! I can’t seem to get a handle on where time has gone, what I’ve been doing, what needs to be done (like, the house needs cleaning, but I’m blogging instead). 

Here’s what I do know:

I launched the Etsy store on Saturday! It is oh-so-cleverely named Stitched By Gena. I’ll put a shop widget in the sidebar soon.

So far I’ve had one order, which was to my cousin and was prearranged before the launch anyway. I’m not sure that counts. I’m giving it about 3 months, and if nothing happens I’m calling it quits. It takes a surprising amount of energy to come up with things to list, making sure you’ve cited all your sources, and coming up with original patterns/ideas when needed. Between the kids, the house, and my sanity, I’m not entirely sure I’m up to the challenge. 

One item I listed was something I made back in, oh, December.

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It is the Double-Bordered scarf with Diamond Borders, from Victorian Lace Today. (Too lazy to link up there). Looks easy, and the pattern is pretty easy, but it’s kind of odd. You only knit the pattern for half the row, then you knit the knit-back portion for the other half of the row. Makes it hard to explain and hard to remember where in the pattern you actually are. 

 

 

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Interesting fact. The yarn for this here scarf came from this bad boy. The original piece turned out so huge as to be almost unwearable. I mean, just look at that bottom picture! (Also, take a gander at all that hair). So, after sitting in a drawer for years, I decided to bite the bullet and frog it. Word to the wise, frogging mohair is not a fun process. It took days to get it done! But now I have this new scarf and enough yarn left over to make another shawl or scarf for myself. 

Which I think I just might do. I need a new project. 

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