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Finished Object: Baby Blanket (for real, this time!)

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So it’s finally really, truly finished. Here I have the Baby Chalice Blanket made with Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool) for washability. The direct sun really washed the color out in the pictures; it’s actually more yellowy. I would say a couple of shades lighter than butter!

detail numero uno

I really like how it came out, although I wish I had blocked it a little harder. The size is perfect- bigger than the 2 feet by 3 feet that I had hoped for. Still, the lace is just a wee bit more dimpled than I wanted. I actually ran out of room on my blocking squares to stretch it, and was just not in the mood to do lace on the floor. Oh well, it’s still pretty awesome. Are there cards to do with baby gifts? I guess I need to find one to go with the blanket, because I really, really need to get rid of it. Hallmark store, here I come!

detail numero dos

For your Locke update, I’m chugging along on my second sleeve. I’ve got about six inches finished. I went up to observe at my student teaching school yesterday (for the whole day- now I’ve got more than half of my mandated 20 hours this semester finished!), so I really didn’t have much time to get a whole lot finished. I’m not quite at the point where I can knit while observing đŸ˜‰ On the other hand, I’ve found a new show on netflix to knit during. It’s called Trinity. A reviewer described it as Torchwood (British science fiction) meets Gossip Girl (American soap opera-ish drama at it’s worst), and I pretty much agree, although I would warn you that it’s a British show, which means it would probably need some editing before it could even air on HBO here in the states. Still, if that’s your cup of tea, I highly recommend it!

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Just Another Mostly Kinda Sorta Finished Object Friday

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I got home just in time this afternoon (Spring Break!) to do some blocking. The baby blanket is blocking on my floor, and can I just say that it GREW. At this point, it is well over 2×3 feet, so I feel like it will be fine.

BIG!

On the other hand, I’m a little worried about the washability. I chose Plymouth Encore because of the high acrylic content (and very reasonable price). I figured that anything for a newborn would be better if it could just be thrown in the wash and dryer. I don’t know, however, how the lace will look after dryer. Hopefully, the agitation will work to stretch it instead of leaving it all scrunched up and un-lacey. Oh well. I’m going to go jet and take a nice relaxing nap. I deserve it after the week that I’ve had.

And then small. Btw, the yellow isn't quite this violent- that's my lights đŸ˜‰

For more Finished Object Friday Posts, check out Tami’s.

Baby Blanket

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I am so close to finishing this blanket it’s not even funny. Of course, it’s mostly stress knitting, because I am so not close to finishing my papers that it’s pretty funny. When I finish and it’s blocked, I think it’ll measure about 30″ by 36″. I know it’s an awkward size, but what can you do. I think any longer might be strange, and it’s not like I’m about to rip the whole thing out and re-knit it wider. And, to tell you the truth, I’m getting a little tired of the stitch pattern.

blanket!

Still, I’ve only used about half of my third skein of yarn. I don’t think that’ll be a huge problem…I can always stash it. I’m sure that I’ll need to be making some baby things soon. I’m in college; eventually my friends are going to start getting married and having babies. I’ll be an adult!

Chalice Baby Blanket

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As I mentioned in my last post, I finally got the chance to cast on the Chalice Baby Blanket now that I’m finished with the knitting portion of my sweater. The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and size US 10 needles, I guess to open up the lace. Of course, I didn’t want to do that. I mean, why would I possibly want to do what a pattern asked of me? I wanted something somewhat denser to really keep that child warm, so I compromised with a US 9 needle. Of course, when I then CO the required number of stitches it looked way too small. Well, it looked too small and my tail was really, really long and I wanted to use it up. After searching through the pattern for a while (in 2 different pdfs- one for the written pattern and one for the chart- it didn’t come out and say how long the stitch repeat was) I ended up with 103 stitches for an extra 2 repeats. If I could go back, I would probably add another ten or twenty stitches. After all, I have four skeins of yarn…

it's so big! Sorry for the bad pictures, it's pretty overcast outside...

As you can probably tell, this pattern is pretty addictive. The relatively simple lace is really, really easy to memorize line by line and I’ve been keeping the pdf cropped into the corner of my screen for easy access. I finished my first skein of yarn after about 24 hours- which may be a record for me. So far, I’m about 20 inches into the pattern. As, after stretching the knit (lace!), the lace portion of the body is about 24 inches long, I’m thinking I’ll go at least until it’s 36 inches tall. I know this won’t be a traditional square, but I really, really want to use up this yarn. I mean, what else will I do with a light yellow acrylic blend? Hopefully, I’ll have leftovers for a baby hat or something really small and that’s it.

oh delightfully pimply un-blocked lace, how I've missed you!

It’s been a while since I’ve done any real lace- for some reason, I’ve been on a big cabling kick recently. Well, it really feels like DESIGNERS are on the big cable kick, and I just keep seeing some scrumptuous cables that I really, really want. In fact, I may or may not be putting in a big order soon…I’ve been stalking the wonderfully cabled Locke St. Cardigan, which is in the new Urban Collection by one of my favorite bloggers: the Crazy Knitting Lady. It’s knit in DK yarn, which I’m having trouble finding for what I’m willing to pay. Webs has some relatively cheap 100% wool (Legacy O-Wool DK) that I’ve been thinking about, and the Swish DK from Knit Picks is slightly cheaper, plus free shipping! I don’t usually like superwash yarns…has anyone ever knit with Swish? Is it soft, or does it have that superwash feel? Oh, decisions!

Sorta Finished Object Friday

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Even though it isn’t at the wearable stage, I’m still gonna call my Rocky Coast Cardigan finished. I mean, the knitting is all done. It needs a really heavy block to make sure everything is a little more…proportional…but I’m sure that will work. As of now, I don’t even want to show you a picture of how it looks on me, the fit is so strange. Instead, I’ll give you this:

Rocky Coast Cardigan, pre-blocking

and promise to show the post-blocking pictures after I get a chance to do it over Spring Break. And trust me, I am so much more anxious for these next two weeks to go by then you are. Trust me.

Baby Chalice Blanket. And I promise that there is NO green tinge to the yarn, it is a pure, baby yellow.

In the mean time, I’ve moved on to a quick little baby blanket. This is the Baby Chalice Blanket. I’m using Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% Acrylic, 25% Wool) in a light yellow color. I’ve done a little modding, but so far it’s looking pretty nice, and knitting up really quickly. I’m sorry to FO and go, but, really, paper writing calls!