Posts Tagged ‘babyblanket’

(Update: A better picture of the final finally finished object at the bottom!)

There’s kind of a funny story behind this project.

Anna and I have talked about doing no less than three, THREE, knit-a-longs for just the two of us. The first one was Tomato (Ravel It). You may have noticed her Tomato tops (yes, she’s made more than one) while I completed a total of zero. Oh, I cast on with pretty blue yarn with the highest of hopes… and never really got beyond the 12th row. And I heard about that for months.

The second KAL was Green Gable (Ravel It). I said, yes! I need a springy top to knit! It will be perfect! It will go quickly! I will be loyal to this project! And Anna looked askance at me, knowing how not far I got into the Tomato. She started it and finished it within hours (it seemed). I? I worked up two swatches. And nothing more.

After the Green Gable debacle I thought Anna had lost all faith in my ability to actually cast on a project and actually see it through to the finish. I know I ceratinly had. This spring and summer really weren’t good for my knitting mojo, probably because I had bigger things on my mind. Such as the purchasing and moving into of a new house.

So when Anna came over to my house wanting to know how I had cut up t-shirts for my bathmat made many moons ago, I took it as a challenge. I had been collecting old t-shirts for a while and had been wanting to knit new rugs for the laundry room (it’s in the unfinished part of the basement, very concrete-y, very cold floors), and that was the day I started cutting them up to make THE NEW RAG RUG!

On the Needles
Rug in progress. Note the giant-sized needles. Not pictured: my blistered hands.

Of course, Anna finished her rug (Ravelry link) in about 10 seconds, and I took longer because I had to finish the Big Bad Baby Blanket for my friend’s new baby. But finally, FINALLY, here is my rag rug!

Rag Rug w Feet
My feet are very photogenic

I used about 12 t-shirts in a variety of blues and greys and red. It’s loosely based on the log cabin pattern in Mason-Dixon Knitting (Ravelry Link), and it used size 17 needles. My Ravelry notes, including how I cut up the t-shirts, are here.

(I also have pictures of the finished baby blanket, but they’re not the greatest. For instance:

Big Bad Baby Blanket

That pink just sears your eyeballs, doesn’t it? And you can’t even see the whole blanket in that picture. FO picture FAIL.)

B&W Big Bad Baby Blanket
Thank god for friends like Penny. She sent me this b/w version of my picture, so maybe you can see the textures and some of the tonal changes. And not have your retinas burned into the back of your skull.

But that rug is seriously delicious to stand on. I’m working out the color scheme for my next one, which should be done in about 4 years or so.

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I have no time. None. Well, a little bit. But not enough to write a full-on post about what I’ve been doing and what I think about it. You must deal with me writing in bullet points today, because that’s where my brain is. Bullet points.

Bullet Point One: Knitting
I have finished the baby blanket. Last night (the 17th), in fact. But the bind off is too loose and it makes me sad. I may undo it and redo it. No pictures, due to the sad.

Bullet Point Two: The Reason for the Knitting
My friend’s baby was born at 9:21pm on Tuesday night. Mom and baby are doing well, and would be doing a lot better if their hospital would take some time to realize that birthing women are human beings and deserve to be treated as such.

In honor of the new baby girl, I took a bunch of pictures of the day, and here’s my favorite:

Flower & Bee

Bullet Point Three: Work
I’ve been busy doing this, and it’s eating my brain. A lot.

Bullet Point Four: Curtains!
My Mom is helping me make curtains for our bedroom, and it’s sort of slow going because I’ve never sewn anything at all before (really, nothing) and I’m completely intimidated by it. Although I’m getting rather adept at pinning things together:

More pinning
god, I hate that wallpaper so much.

That’s all.

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The weather has turned a little cooler in the last couple days, and I’m starting to see autumn everywhere. I love it. I’m so ready for summer heat to be over. The forecast calls for one day out of the next week to be in the 80s, and the rest of them are low-to-mid 70s! Hooray! Bring on the sweater weather!

And bring on the babies. My friend is due on September 20th or 21st, and while she’s hoping the baby will come sooner, I’m hoping for an on-time or fashionably late arrival, as I’m still working on this:

There's a little pooling

I’ve passed the halfway point, where I measured the length and found it to be exactly half of the width. Now that I’ve done that, of course, I’m certain to find myself circling the Black Hole of Knitting and it may take me some time to get out. I love this pattern for its simplicity (seed stitch a bit, knit a bit, purl a bit, seed stitch some more; repeat) and mindlessness (hello re-watching the whole series of West Wing!), but I’ve loved simple and mindless things before and it always takes some effort to extract myself from them. For example, my first high school boyfriend.

For now, though, this blanket is treating me pretty well. I can watch intelligent TV while I knit on it (though not subtitled foreign films), I can take it to knit night and feed it beer (really, I dropped a corner in my Guinness on Sunday. This baby is going to be a rabble-rouser, I can tell). It’s a good pattern.

Do you see the pooling purple XX in there? I think it’s charming and hilarious that this baby is going to have a hot pink blanket with two Xs worked into it. Outstanding.

Last Friday I had Anna and The Red Queen over to cut up t-shirts for the purpose of making recycled bathmats/throw rugs. You may recall (but maybe not, it’s okay) the bathmat I crocheted three years ago. It’s time to make some more, as half my basement floor is cold concrete and one of my kitchen rugs really belongs outside.

So we’re sitting on my living room floor (Anna likes the carpet), cutting our accumulated t-shirts into strips (pictures to follow), and Anna asked me this extremely puzzling question:

“So what are you knitting for you now?”

Just for me? Hmm. Well, I’ve got the completely stalled green socks from April that I can’t seem to finish, the stunted Sprout cardigan (Ravelry link) that is lost in its own black hole of knitting, and … yeah. A few other things in which I have totally lost interest. I don’t know if it’s the projects or the fact that summer kind of sucked my love of knitting from my soul, but I haven’t been inclined to knit anything for myself lately. And (and I just realized this) I find it pretty weird that I’ve been knitting on this pink baby blanket exclusively since I started it. What the crackers is going on?

So, after this blanket is finished I’m going to start on something that is for me. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’m thinking something warm. A shawl in worsted alpaca, purchased on my honeymoon? A Clapotis in a silvery silk/wool blend, a wedding gift from my favorite knitters of all time (because I may be the last knitter in the known universe to knit this amazing scarf)? The DROPS jacket that Femiknitter made? So many choices. So many warm and cozy possibilities to wrap up in.

And autumn is coming.

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I spent part of my long weekend lounging in a boat on the river, and have a sunburn as a memento. Parts of me are approximately this pink:

1120 yards of bright pink yarn

The yarn was purchased at Stitches Midwest 2006 (my first-ever stitches), is Hot Foot by the Village Spinning and Weaving Company (I think it’s discontinued) and is being worked up into a Big Bad Baby Blanket (that’s a Rav link) for a friend who’s due with her first baby in like 20 days. Not only is it perfect for her, because she initially wanted to paint the baby’s room hot pink, it’s also perfect for me because it’s a stash-busting gift knit. Rock!

Now to find aloe, or lidocaine, or hydrocortisone cream, or cider vinegar to soothe the burning burny-ness of my burnified skin.

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Just under the wire

This is done:

finished blanket

It is a baby blanket. It is in a pattern of my own devising, although it’s so simple I’m sure a pattern exists for it out there. It is for a baby who is due on Sunday.

Yarn: Cascade Sierra Quattro(80 cotton/20 merino) in colorways 92, 93 and 96. Very citrusy and California-esque. Which is good, because the baby will live in California.

Needles: 4.25mm bamboo straights. They’re in between a US 6 (4.0mm) and a US 7 (4.5mm).

Time Spent: Four months, which is absolutely freaking ridiculous. I blame good weather, house hunting, house buying, and moving house for the delays. And my own knitting ennui that seems to drop in every summer.

For: The first baby of a wonderful friend whom I’ve known since we were 5 years old (or at least, since she was 6 and I was 5). She was in my kindergarten class and we were two of three (or four?) kids who already knew how to read. I’m still amazed that I’ve known her 23 years and we haven’t gotten sick of each other yet. Well done!

Obvious Errors:
edges do not match

Perhaps I should have paid more attention during the counting lesson in kindergarten.

(I know some of you want house pictures. To you I say Patience! The busy bee flew in my life and is divebombing me repeatedly. Thank you for your understanding.)

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Not Abandoned

Back by popular demand! Or, the demand of one person. Whatever — I’ll take what I can get.

There’s no way for me to adequately catch up on everything that’s happened in the past three weeks, so I’ll take a stab at inadequately catching up.

First, I have been knitting!
Three of Four
This is a blanket for an upcoming baby (due at the end of August) who will live in California. It’s a cotton-wool blend, and the pattern exists only in my head, as far as I know. I’ll put one together after this blanket is finished. Click the picture for more details on the Flickr page, or here’s the Ravelry project page if you swing that way.

And the first Chosen-by-Blog sock is zooming right along.
Chosen-by-Blog sock
This is really bad lighting and the sock is well past the heel by now, but it’s the only picture I have of it at the moment. Today is kind of overcast and not so great for picture-taking.

Second, I went to Ann Arbor for one day of a conference, and it was a pretty good time. Hanging out with Mark and Amy was totally awesome, and the conference session I attended was good, so it averaged out. It was a birthy-type conference and the topic was kind of exhausting. I probably won’t go for just one day any more… too much traveling, not enough good stuff. I took Amtrak out, which was awesomely cheap but kind of inconvenient this time… NinjaHusband was supposed to meet me at 10:40pm, but the train got held up (twice!) and we didn’t get in till closer to midnight. Annoying. But we survived. And saved a bundle on gas.

Third, I visited Femiknitter for four days! I had such a great time just sitting on the couch, knitting and talking and teaching her how to crochet:
although I’m not sure it will stick…
Learning to hook
… as you can see, she’s snarling at it just a bit.

We went to Philadelphia where I bought this:
at Loop (and damn is that a well-put-together store, you should totally go if you have a chance).
and where we took these pictures:
Blergin non-picture
Oh noes!
and the nicest-looking one…
Finally, a good one

Fourth, There is no “fourth,” just catching up at work and at home, and trying to get some loose ends tied up. I have a doula client due in two weeks, and I’m getting ready for that. BusyBusy at Casa del HookOn. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend!

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