Monday, May 14, 2007

The Baby "Bugs in My Garden" Shawl

From the EzasPi knitters group. Picture was taken after Clue 2.

I am using some Bernat Lollipop Ombre called Baby's Delight (white with pink and blue) weight acrylic from my stash. I don't think they make it anymore but it is about 200 yards in a 1 3/4oz ball. I used a 3.5mm needle, ball band suggest a 3.25mm. I did the last one (Christening Chrysallis with same weight same needle and I loved how it felt after the first washing).

The clues I picked...
Plain rows till 72 stitches on needle.
Clue 1 - 12 row selection A1 Framed Flower
Clue 2 - Selection B Dragon Fly Aworking on Clue 3 selection C

My YO's are looking a little wonky on the dragonflies, could be the way I stretched it. It's acrylic and will be just washed up like a regular blanket so I'm not too worried.

On this type of project for me (using up stash yarn for a baby blanket) I like to remember the famous words of my Dear Jane quilting group..."Finished is better than Perfect"... (the reproduction quilt had 200+ blocks, 4.5" finished, all different).

Saturday, May 5, 2007

I'm bad, bought more yarn....

Two finished objects these past few weeks and another almost completed. It would have brought the stash down big time...but I went and added a few balls of stuff that I just couldn't go without. Isn't that always the way? But at least it didn't make my numbers go up.

So I finished

#18 The Blue Baby Blanket knit in the round. I had to rip back the edging and make it narrower because I ran out a few repeats from the end. So instead of a 15 stitch point I wound up with about a 10 stitch point.

#19 Knitpicks Dancing cotton sock yarn basic socks.

Some more preemie baby stuff.

And I bought ..... 5 skeins of Bernat Satin Sport in Wine. This stuff was so incredibly soft and the wine colour is perfect for MIL' s Christmas shawl. Cat from LetsKnitTogether vidcasts had one done in a variegated silk yarn with an edging (pattern was from Traditional Shawls). I searched for some fingering weight variegated yarn but nothing spoke to me. And then at Len's Mills I spotted this wine colour and knew it was for her. It will be warm, soft and easy to keep clean (as in washable). I was considering wool, wool-silk combos but changed my mind after seeing the pile of hand knit socks that she had felted up with washing and drying in the machine. I know she still wears them and loves them but I am not going to put this much effort into a project and have it destroyed. Socks okay but not a shawl.

And this came from Ram wools. And that is another story in itself.

Soft Cotton with lycra for some summer socks

And scrapped a bunch of yarn...