Big Blanket News

I have huge news regarding the blanket. The best blanket. The blanket I knit a two-inch square on every day, and have since the January before Elliot was born. The Knitted Patchwork Recipe scrap sock blanket that is my favorite thing that I have ever knit.

What? You don’t remember me talking about the blanket? That is probably because progress is so slow I haven’t bothered to mention it since last February. It is the first thing I knit every day. When I’m going to travel I make up the squares so I don’t have to take it with me, but every day from January 1, 2016 to April 20, 2018 is represented.

It’s big now. Not quite 5 foot on each side, but certainly big enough to snuggle up with. I’m going to sew in the ends (only the edges need to be sewn in, as sewing in the ends has been part of my daily work all along). I’ll be adding an attached I-Cord so the blanket has a finished look.

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I don’t know how long it will take me to do the I-Cord, but that isn’t stopping me from starting my next Knitted Patchwork Recipe blanket. I’ll be casting on my first square tonight. It is so much a part of my day to knit a square I would really miss working on it.

I have to admit, I’m a little sad to be done adding squares on this blanket. There are so many memories stitched into the fabric. It represents a period of time that has been incredibly difficult and incredibly rewarding. Time is going so fast, and I am having a hard time accepting that my blanket is already done.

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Fingerless Mitts

After I wrote my WIP post last week I decided I needed to get started on fingerless mitts for Kathleen to use at track meets. I found a skein of Knit Picks Swish DK that I was eager to get out of my stash, and I searched on Ravelry for a pattern that would work. I settled on Good Time Fingerless Mitts by Melissa Woods.

I think the pattern was fine for a free pattern, but I do not love it. If I make them again I’ll make the thumb a little shorter and do M1R and M1L increases instead of K f&b. The hand is a little long, but if it bothers her for crocheting she can fold it down.

I love how fast fingerless mitts are to knit up. I am sad to report that there is snow on the ground again, so she’ll probably need real mittens at her next track meet. I really hope spring is here to stay soon.

WIP Wednesday: 14/52

Happy Wednesday! I have been enjoying the 100 Days Project, but it is very nice to have a regular blog post subject today. It is hard coming up with ideas to write about every day. If there is anything you would like to hear about, please suggest it. I would be thrilled to receive some suggestions.

My knitting progress has been slow this week. I finished the hat I’ve been working on. It is the fourth time I’ve made the hat this year, so I figured it didn’t warrant another photo.

I have a few inches complete on John’s socks. The yarn is wonderful to work with (Madeline Tosh always is) and the colors are perfect for him. I am willing to bet these will become his favorite socks.

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In addition to the socks I’m also working on the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus yarn bombing project. I’m also dangerously close to casting on fingerless gloves for my sister. She requested them so she could keep her hands warm while crocheting at track meets. I think that means I should finish them before the end of track season.

What are you working on this week?

YMCA Supportive Housing Campus Yarn Bomb

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you may remember that last year I completed a dishcloth projects with my Crafternoon group. We knit over 140 dishcloths for the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus. At the time I said I would continue to knit as community service. Whelp. I didn’t actually do that. But that is changing today.

My friend Sarah, who organized the dishcloth project, has a new project in mind. The Supportive Housing Campus is a very industrial building. The modern architecture makes it look more institutional than cozy. She had the great idea to yarn bomb the poles in the building. She has a strong desire to make the place look homey.

Home is what the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus is about. This Y is the only one of its kind in the country. Their take on homelessness is progressive – they believe in getting people in housing first. First you deal with homelessness, then you address addiction. First you have your own bed to sleep in, then you find a job. Permanent supportive housing can make a big difference.

Because they make such a big difference, I’m happy to lend my support to make a little difference to their building. I agreed to knit a panel for one of the poles. It will be 18 inches wide by 15 feet 7 inches. That is going to be one long project.

Sarah was kind enough to share several skeins of Knit Picks Brava in worsted weight. I have all sorts of bright yarns to work with. Now I just need to get started.

I think my plan of attack will be changing colors every day. I might set an amount of time to work on it every day, or I might just see where each day takes me. I plan on trying out different stitches throughout the piece. I might work in some colorwork too, as that is a skill that I need to practice.

I will be working on this project for a long time, so I am hoping to keep it interesting.  If you have ever tried a fun stitch please tell me about it. This is a great time for me to pick up a new skill.

WIP Wednesday: 13/52

Happy Wednesday. I’ve spent the last week knitting a lot of random things, and it has been refreshing.

After finishing the Diamond Girl Hat I focused on finishing the blue socks for Audrey. I always think kids socks are going to fly off the needles, and I’m shocked when they take more than a few days. I’m happy to be done with them. I hope that Audrey still likes them when they fit her.

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Audrey asked me to make Mr. Giraffe (her best friend) a blanket. I couldn’t turn her down, especially because I had recently discovered a ball of Knit Picks Brava Bulky in my bag where I keep dishcloth cotton. The color is something I would never pick, but Audrey says that Mr. Giraffe’s favorite color is brown, so it worked out. I cast on 40 stitches and knit until the ball was gone.

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After Mr. Giraffe got a blanket Audrey said Elliot’s animals needed one too. Luckily I found almost a full ball of Hikoo yarns Simpliworsted with the dishcloth cotton too. I cast on 35 stitches and knit until it looked done. Elliot loves the blanket. Margaret and the blanket came with us in the car to the library today.

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I cast on a fourth favorite slouchy hat last night. I decided it would be a good project to have around when I don’t feel like working on my other projects. I have the pattern memorized, so I might keep the project in my purse to knit whenever I find time.

I am also working on a new pair of socks for John. I am using Madeline Tosh in the Home colorway. I love the colors in the sock, and I always enjoy knitting with Madeline Tosh yarn. I am getting burnt out on sock knitting, so I plan on taking my time knitting these.

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Are you working on several projects? Do you have any big projects on the needles? Tell me what you’re working on. I love hearing from other knitters.

Finished Object – Diamond Girl Hat

I finished my new hat last night. I soaked it in wool wash and blocked it on a balloon over night. This morning I was happy to discover that it had dried enough to wear. I love it when I don’t have to wait a few days to enjoy the fruits of my labor.

The pattern is Diamond Girl by Lane Wilkins. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I love the look of the lace, but I do not like how she has you close up the hat at the crown. It looks a little wonky to me.

The yarn is South Dakota Yarn Co. and I love it. It is naturally dyed with spinach and copper (My favorite leafy green! My favorite statue medium!). The wool is from sheep that were raised sustainably in Minnesota. The yarn was a little crunchy, which lots of vegetative material in it. I don’t mind that, as I like thinking about where my yarn came from while I’m knitting with it. A little bit of VM reminds me of the sheep out enjoying the pasture. The yarn blocked beautifully, and softened up significantly.

I love the hat. I’m currently sitting at my dining room table wearing it. I do not anticipate taking it off any time soon.

Have a great weekend!