Made almost entirely from odds and ends of other balls, this fun little blanket is near completion and the first on my list of WIPS to finish. (It is actually almost finished. I just
want to have a big reveal later don’t have any recent pictures).
I bought almost no new balls for this blanket. Maybe 4? The rest were from bits of Noro I had kicking around and a bag of ends, (okay, a huge bag of ends,) from my knitting guru. I think that they were left over from a couple of lizard ridge blankets and a log cabin.
The pattern is 64 crayons and the yarn is mostly Kuryeon with some Silk Garden tossed in for good measure.
It’s taken me a long time to get into this book. Not because it isn’t fantastic. Not because it doesn’t grab you from the very first sentence. No, it’s because we lent the book to one of our friends and now it is out somewhere in the void ethereal and we have no idea if it will ever come home. Fortunately, we have other friends who have the book, and one of them found their copy and was kind enough to pass it on to me. I would like to point out that the Hubby read this multiple times before it went missing, so I knew it worth reading.
Think Oliver Twist meets Robin Hood and that would be close. Fantastically written with a story that will hook you by the end of the first paragraph and characters that you really want to know more about, I am enjoying ever word. I also can understand why a completely different friend, who’s copy of the book also went missing, claims this is her favourite book of all time.
So I guess the moral here is it’s a great read that you should never, ever, lend out.
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We all know the stories of the baby blanket that was started before the child was born and given to them as they left for college. In this case, I am pleased to say that the blanket isn’t quite that late. It certainly wasn’t ready in time for last Christmas, but the weather was on my side and since we kind’ve skipped winter altogether this year, the blanket wouldn’t have had much use anyway. At least that’s what I am telling myself in an attempt to justify not having the blanket done until 8 months after it should have been given away. And, as luck would have it, now that the blanket is ready to be presented to my SIL and her Husband, they are out the country so the blanket will be even later. However, I am not taking any responsibility for a wedding that is taking place in South Africa and delaying the presentation and reception of the blanket. The knitting is finished and if my SIL’s brother in law on her hubby’s side was inconsiderate enough to plan his wedding at the same time as I finished the blanket then it is clearly his fault for any further delays and I am really very concerned about his clear lack of respect for us fibre folk. Either way (since it would be rude of me to punish my SIL for having an inconsiderate ape of a BIL) this is waiting for them to return and be incorporated into their flat.
It’s twenty squares in total and will be a great blanket for snuggling under while they watch a movie. The pattern is a slightly modified version of Paintbox Log Cabin Blanket. I used 20 balls of Noro Kureyon and while I did enjoy knitting this I am very happy to finally have it ready to go.
Oh, and for the record, I have never actually met my SIL’s Brother in Law. I’m sure he is a very nice person .
And this is two FO Friday’s in a row!!!!!! It’s really rather exciting.
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Week two of this the 2nd YOP year turned out to be a very productive one. And I am amazed that while I was very, very tempted to cast on something new, I managed to work only on pre-existing WIPS. In reality it was torturous really very simple to stick to that goal. (I also know of a place where you can get yarn specifically for left-handed knitters.) But, it does mean that there has been great progress on a bunch of stuff.
First, the Jaywalkers are over the half way mark and the second sock is underway. After a little fiddling with my Mum’s slippers I figured out how to alter the pattern and I’m almost finished the first one. Another square has been added to the blanket for Widget.
Seven down. Five to go.
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But, and this is making me happy, the log cabin blanket is one huge step closer to being finished. I had tossed it aside for months because I hated the way the finishing was going. It just wasn’t looking right. The thought that I was going to have spent so much time and energy knitting something that was going to look rather terrible in the end made me a little nauseous and if I thought about it too much the room would start to spin a little and I’d need a cool cloth and some water and a very comfy place to sit until the horror passed. So after months of pondering I finally decided to finish the same way I finished my Lizard Ridge blankets and I am crocheting around the edge of each square and sewing that together. My hubby was awesome and ripped out all the black joins that were in the first row for me while I worked on the other squares. Well over half the squares have completed edging and there is now a real possibility that I might be finished the blanket in the near future.
The only change to the list is one more pair of socks. They are simple and basic and will show off some of my more outrageous sock yarn well.
Hope every one else had a wonderful fibre filled week.
A Year of Projects: The Return!
- Stained glass mittens
- Fiddle Heads
- Slippers – mom
- Rattlesnake creek
- Oliver’s Blanket
- Noro Log Cabin
- Walnut Grove
- Masonic Lodge Socks
- Stage Door
- Central Park Hoodie
- Angural Cardi
Shawls (12 in 12)
- #7 Cliff of insanity
- #8 Earth and Sky
Wingspan (Finished July 2012)
- #10 Colour affection (In Progress)
- Jaywalker (In Progress)
- Flutter Bye’s
- Cubist socks
- Stephen West gloves
- Willow mitts
- Frankenstein (In Progress)
- Anne Hanson fingerless gloves
14/40 In Progress
A couple of years ago we hosted Christmas, and my Mother-in-Law saw the Lizard Ridge blanket that I had made and proceeded to show it to everyone who came into my home while loudly exclaiming “look what my daughter in law made me.” Well, I took the hint and on the 26th of December headed out to one of my LYS and took advantage of their boxing day sales. I came home with 6 balls of Noro and cast on her blanket before the end of the week. Six months later the blanket was finished. Then there was a slight delay in her receiving the gift as they weren’t able to make it to the province for the following Christmas and the thought of putting the blanket in the mail first made me pale, then made me turn green and induced a little nausea. But she eventually received and now it looks like this.
It might be the nicest thing that anyone has ever done with my knitting.
On My Needles
The christmas knitting is starting to pick up momentum, so I had a hard time narrowing this down to one WIP this week. I’d love to show you Little J’s super secret Christmas knitting, but her mum is back from their trip to New Zealand, (where I firmly believe she bought all the available wool), and she may see the gift here, so I have to skip that one. I will say it’s so darn cute that my head threatens to explode every time I work on it.
I have finished all the pieces of the Gargoyle I showed you last week, but haven’t sewn it together yet.
I have another WIP that is so secret this is the first time I’ve ever brought it up on my blog though it’s been in the works for a few months now. I am dying to share it, but really can’t. Not even a hint.
So I finally decided to share this. The latest progress on the Noro Log cabin Blanket for my brother and sister in-law. All twenty squares are blocked and ready to be organized. The blocking worked perfectly and all of the squares are now approximately the same size which is good ’cause there were a few that really were not the right size, pre-blocking. Clearly some of the squares were knit when I was a little more tense or distracted than other squares, so a few were just wee tiny little things that needed a little coaxing to become the appropriate size. We live in a one bedroom apartment so blocking that many squares was a little bit of a challenge. It took about 6 days (as I had to do them in batches), and we had to move the coffee table. It is worth every bit of hassle and the finished blanket is going to look much better because of it.
Between my pages
Having finished The Magicians, I moved onto a new novel, Winterwood by Patrick Mccabe. Picked this up just over a week ago in an absolutely charming used book store that my husband and I stumbled across while waiting to meet friends for dinner. This book made it into the take home pile because it was described as “a modern-day gothic ghost story”. I’m halfway through the book and I can tell you that the description actually translates to “drunken hallucinations of a man spiralling into despair as he wrestles with the guilt of a failed marriage and having befriended a man who turns out to be a murderous paedophile.” Oh, and that women are the root of much unhappiness. Not really what I expected. The story is written very much like a drunk man’s ramblings, with plot jumps and time shifts and not a lot of actual plot progressions because the story is too busy circling back in on itself. Currently I am finishing this book out of some sort of absolute stubbornness and diminishing hope that the author will somehow tie all of this together and that there will be some sort of redemption to the work as a whole. I’m not certain that’s going to happen. Not one for recommending. Find something else to read. You’ll be better off.
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The blocking of Noro Log Cabin blanket squares has started
First the blocking wires
Attempt to make them straight
Break out the pins
Hurry up and wait
7 Blocked. 13 more to go.
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I mentioned on Sunday during my YOP update that I was a mere two squares away from being finished the 20 squares I need for the Noro log Cabin blanket. And I can happily report that the squares are finished!!!!!!! Now before you get all excited and think that I can give you some tips on how to be a really fast knitter or that I have finally mastered time manipulation thus figuring out how to extend all of our knitting time by hours each day, it turns out that I simply can’t count. When I thought I was casting on the 19th square I was in fact casting on the 20th square. I am not sure what possessed me to count before casting on a new square but I am very thankful that I did. (I didn’t actually believe that I had finished all the squares and even made my husband count them just to be sure.)
So now I have to start the long task of blocking them all out to the same size. Normally I would do this with my steam iron. It worked great for the Lizard Ridge Blankets that I made. I saw a blanket that had been over-blocked and really didn’t like the way it turned out.
The second Lizard Ridge blanket blocked with an iron
But for this I’m not concerned about that happening so I’ve opted for T-pins and blocking wires. (Note to self – you need blocking mats.)
Then all that’s left to do is to arrange the squares and knit the joins and then this gift will be off the list. It’s also one more gift afghan off my list and I can start thinking about who gets the gifted afghan next year. (A big thank you to my husband who voluntarily sewed in the ends for me while we watched Stargate Atlantis.)
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After the wonderful success that was last week, this week has been the evil doppelgänger. I have accomplished very little in the way of knitting. The reason for this was waking up last Sunday feeling like someone had beat me about the right arm with a baseball bat. I have no idea exactly what caused the muscle strain, but it was bad enough that for the last seven days even the most mundane tasks have been a challenge. I couldn’t raise my arm above my head, holding my hairdryer was out of the question, and getting dressed was a challenge. One of the most painful moments each morning was putting on my bra. There’s a little action that I think we all must do right after you’ve put the strap over your shoulder where you adjust it to make it lay flat and assure that it’s in right spot. I’ve never really paid attention to that action until this week when it reduced me to tears. But there is good news. After about Wednesday my arm has started to feel better every day, and I almost have a full range of motion back. My arm is still sore, but now it feels more like I’ve been hit with a wooden spoon and the throbbing isn’t constant. My arm feels more exhausted than continuously sore.
I was still able to get some knitting finished this week. Two more blanket squares for the Noro blanket.
That means I only have two to go! But knitting was a huge production that involved having to jab my elbow into my hip bone and smash my arm between my body and a ton of pillows to keep it from moving. Even with all that I could only knit for a few minutes before my arm was throbbing and exhausted and I was becoming cranky and whiny. (My husband will confirm that I don’t complain about pain very often. I am very stubborn and there isn’t much that can slow me down this long. He’s actually pretty convinced I’ve torn a muscle. So thanks for letting me whine here.)
And that’s when I discovered I could still spin!!!!! I had started to try to find a few minutes each day to sit at the wheel, but now that was really all I could do with my stupid complaining arm and look what I finished.
Later today it’s going to be wound onto my Niddy Noddy and then be given a little bath. I’m very excited and this week wasn’t a complete write-off.
I am hoping in the coming week to finish the remaining squares and my BFF’s birthday gift, and cast on my Mum’s socks. I would like to spend some time with the final wing of my Mother-in-Law’s Astrick and if I’m really really organized get back to Christine’s gift. (I’ve figured out she does read this blog from time to time. I still expect you to act surprised if you saw the start of your Christmas gift. Oh and if you’ve seen it and hate it, let me know that too so I won’t keep knitting it.)
I hope you had a better knitting week than I did.
Much to my dismay the summer is drawing to a close and I will soon be back in the classroom attempting to shape young minds and hopefully set at least a few of them on the right path to becoming productive members of society. This means that knitting time for me does diminish a little and I have to be more strategic about what gets knit when.
That realization has caused two important things to happen this week. First, I realized that I really want to get all the squares for the blanket finished and blocked before having to be back at work full-time. Pretty much all of my knitting time has been devoted to that. I’ve finished three more squares which brings my grand total to 14/20. I can easily finished the last six squares and I am hoping to have the whole thing put together by the end of September.
The end is approaching!!!
Two, my mom’s Christmas knitting sort of fell into my lap. When I created my YOP list I didn’t add anything for my mum because as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to knit for her. My mum is not shy about requesting things from me. However, her requests are sometimes a little unreasonable so I have to improvise things. Currently she keeps asking me for things for her feet. As I type this I am sure that she is wearing the felted clogs I made for my father last year. (This tendency of her’s to steal my father’s knitting makes me a little crazy. I knit things for her and for him yet somehow everything ends up with her and my father is left to admire stuff from a distance. Sigh.) So when my August package from the SmartAss Knitters/World Domination Club arrived I knew it had to be for my Mother. I hate to have to type this, but for now all I can do is assure you that the package is perfect for my mum and that Kim, a.k.a Indigodragonfly, would be very mad at me for posting a spoiler this soon after the packages were put in the mail. Currently all I can do is tease and promise that my Sept 14th WIP Post will be all about this project. I don’t want Kim naming a new yarn “You Can Use Knitting Needles for Murder” or “You’re Cut Off” in my honour. I can tell you she’s a feisty women and I want to stay on her good side. (Love you Kim. *Hugs*)
Quick update: I have also cast on my BFF birthday gift. Yet another thing I can’t type about just yet. This all makes for fun knitting and terrible blogging.
That’s where I am in my YOP List. Where are you. Add to Mr. Linky and happy knitting.
I figured it was time to update this particular project again. As always, the fact that I am unable to commit to one project for any length of time before getting bored and going on to something new means that there are lots of projects that I can blather on about each week without always updating each project that I have on my needles. (First, I don’t have the kind of time I would need to update each project each week and you don’t have time to read it. Second, then I would be airing my dirty little knitting secrets out online every week and really it’s better for my mental stability to be able to live in a little bit of denial about just how detrimental my knitting polygamy is to actually finishing things in an acceptable length of time.) So here are the squares.
The colour is a little wonky in this. There's way too much yellow
I am now past the half way point. And there is actually one more square that is nearing completion, but it’s currently on a little hiatus and opted to spend the summer in my co-worker’s van. I’ll get it back from her in a few weeks, and if that little ball of Noro needed one more gasp at freedom and adventure before being forced into the confines of the blanket, who am I to say no. My knitting life goes much better for me when my yarn is happy.