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Queen-sized stripey goodness

Word Lily knitsAfter two months of knitting, it’s finished!

What is?

That gigantic blanket of stripey randomness. The bed cover of brightness. The knitting project that would never end. Miles upon miles of stockinette. That one, yes.

The new blanket, on the bed.

The new blanket, on the bed.

Technically, it’s still not finished: The ends aren’t woven in. But it’s been in use, so I’m counting it, at least for the sake of the blog. I couldn’t stand to deal with it, to have its massive weight on my lap any longer, even in the basement. The ends will get woven in sometime, but not this month.

It’s 90-plus inches wide and 102-plus inches long. I finished the border (1 round single crochet, then 2 rounds half-double crochet) on 9 May. It’s pictured on our queen-sized bed. This blanket is 100 percent cotton, knit from recycled sweaters.

Here’s the project page on Ravelry, with a few more details. And here’s my previous post on the project.

I’m thrilled with it, seeing it makes me happy, and I like how it feels, too. The knitting got to be a bit of a slog toward the end, though. (Which always seems to happen to me. Solutions?)

Happy Friday!

Head over to Fiber Arts Fridays to see what other people are up to in the fibery world today!

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WIP Wednesday: Random Stripes

Word Lily knitsI mentioned last week that I’m in the middle of another, even bigger, stripey blanket.

As hinted, here it is!

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I’m knitting this in reclaimed cotton yarn, picking the colors as I go. It’s about 90 inches wide and will, when it’s finished, be 100+ inches long. It will work nicely on our queen-size bed. I’m just over 57 inches into it, as of today, one month into the knitting.

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Here’s my Ravelry project page. As you can see below, I worked one garter ridge, just to change things up. The reference to Southwest’s colors there was unintentional.

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No idea when I’ll finish this; it’s quite weather dependent. If it warms up too much to have a large blanket on my lap, I’ll be forced to put it aside until the weather starts cooling off again in the fall. (It’s supposed to be 81° today, but then cool off again for the weekend.)

See what others are working on at Tami’s Amis linkup today.

Friday blankets

Word Lily knitsOne of the first things I cast on for in 2013 was a big striped blanket.

That blanket makes me happy, and it’s seen plenty of use already. So maybe that’s why it’s blankets galore so far in 2014.

The first one [Forgive me as I play catch-up, please!] I technically cast on for on 31 December, but I’m still counting it here.

Undercover blanket

Pattern: Undercover by Beata Jezek
Yarn: I alternated between crazy-old skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun (single ply, but without the mohair content, 169 yards per skein) and Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb (seems to be same as the current Lamb’s Pride, 190 yards per skein, except 100 percent wool, without mohair, again). 10 skeins, natural/undyed
Size: Blocked to 65 inches square.
More details on my Ravelry project page.

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This one is a throw for the house. To be available on the couch, like so. I kinda wish it was bigger, but working in the round has a ton of stitches on the needles to reach this size, and I didn’t have any more yarn anyway, so there it is. I’m pretty much a sucker for leaf motifs.

I also knit two baby blankets, as gifts, in January and February.

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Pattern: Groovy Little Baby Blanket by Meera Kothari Cho
Yarn: Cotton yarn of various colors, all reclaimed from old sweaters.
Size(s): The blue one is approximately 36″ by 38″ (although I didn’t exactly remember to measure after washing and before gifting, oops). The pink one ended up 32″ wide by 36″ tall.
More details on my project pages.

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This pattern is a riff on a baby sweater pattern, Tulips, by Lindsay Pekny, made famous by the Yarn Harlot.

I played with the size in all of these, but the biggest modification I made was to the baby blankets. No matter how I figured it, I couldn’t make sense of the number of stitches the pattern said to pick up for the edges. It didn’t translate to any standard stitch-picking-up ratios that I’m aware of, and the number was small enough I was pretty sure it would make the blanket cup instead of being able to lie flat. So I picked up a more normal number of stitches, on both of the baby blankets. The distinctive seed stitch color-change row is quite nice.

I’m also in the middle of a gigantic queen-sized stripey blanket, since finishing all of these. It’s taking quite a bit longer, logically. Maybe I’ll show that one to you next week?

Head over to FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Fridays to see what other people are up to in the fibery world today!

Baby in Red (sweater)

Word Lily knitsYay, I finally tried the sweater on the babe and even got photos, all in the same day! Let’s pretend it isn’t nearly a month after the last end was woven in …

The pattern is Gavyn.

While I didn’t love everything about the pattern, or the knitting, I do think I quite like the finished sweater.

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This was my first bottom-up sweater, my first non-raglan sweater. I made the 12-month size and added an inch to the length of the body of the sweater and about 3/4-inch to the sleeve length, because my boy is tall and long-torso-ed.

It doesn’t look as big on him (at 7 months) as I thought it was, as I was aiming for, but it will still hopefully fit him all this winter.

I used recycled sweater yarn, in 100 percent cotton; tripling the yarn gave me gauge on the recommended needle size.

I’m linking up with FO Friday and Fiber Arts Friday; visit these places if you want to see more projects! 🙂

Baby blankets for cousins

Word Lily knitsAsa has two cousins due within two weeks of each other, and I knit them each a baby blanket.

Wanna see?

grellow with pink
(Project page on Ravelry)

Their nursery colors are yellow and grey, and they’re having a girl. The blanket is two-thirds yellow and one-third grey, with a thin stripe of a bright pink in between.

Concentric squares
(Ravelry project page)

They’re having a boy, and their nursery theme is polka dots. I tried a polka dotted blanket, but it wouldn’t work within the constraints it needed to, which is sad. But hopefully this one is good, too. I like the proportions of the stripes.

Both of these patterns were pretty boring as far as the knitting goes, but the stripes one at least had color changes to keep track of and look forward to. Although it also had about a million ends to weave in after the knitting was finished.

Both of them are knitted in recycled (unraveled from old sweaters) cotton, which is super soft, but also machine-washable and -dryable, which seems like a must for baby blankets.

More pictures of the blankets (you can click on them to view them larger):


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Baby knits, part 2

Word Lily knitsI knit two sweaters for Sprout while he was in utero. They’re both still too big for him, so no modeled shots today. Hopefully they’ll fit him well once we get back to cooler weather this fall/winter.

I knew I wanted to knit something from handspun for the little guy, and this is it, so far (I’m sure there will be plenty more handspun handknits for him in the future):
cardigan
I spun the main yarn used for this Baby Beau several years ago, with no particular use in mind. The blue is Lion Brand wool and the green for the button bands is Cascade 220.

This sweater is made from cotton yarn reclaimed from an old store-bought sweater.
hoodie
I knew I wanted to make a cotton sweater. When stash-diving, I found this yarn and decided I wanted to use it for that piece. And then the pattern hunt began. I first tried a sweater vest, but I couldn’t get the gauge to work (it had an animal on the front, using intarsia, so I couldn’t just fudge the gauge). After abandoning that vest idea, I had some trouble. But eventually I found this pattern that included the hood option. I modified it (as many others before me) to be a pullover rather than another cardigan.

Just one more post of baby knits left: blankets! And speaking of baby, he just woke up.

Ta!