giganto blanket: begin!

So far I’m keeping to my resolutions: I haven’t bought any more yarn, I’ve been working on those crochet patterns, and I’ve got a few projects going.  I’d like to share one in particular with you, my ASPEN Blanket by Go-Girl Knitting (which I’m affectionately calling The Blanket Everyone Wants, because ecru/cream colored chunky-knit cabled blankets are EVERYWHERE right now, everyone really does seem to want one)!  Here’s what I’ve got so far:

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It’s probably going to be about 60″ wide (hard to tell yet) and I’ve got 17 balls of Garnstudio DROPS Andes in 0100 Ecru (Super Bulky, 65% wool, 35% alpaca) so I’ll keep going until I run out!

I’m loving my progress so far and I know I’ll love the blanket when I’m done, but I’ve got a couple of qualms.  Let me make you a list!

  • The pattern is $6 but it turns out to be a really simple pattern that repeats, and it all fits on a plain 1 pg PDF.  A little expensive for what you get, methinks, especially considering the next 2 points…
  • The pattern calls for US 50 needles but many of the projects already made on Ravelry used US 35/36 needles because the 50s made the blanket too loose (even though the yarn is held double throughout).  I therefore started with my US 36 needles but it was STILL too loose, so I frogged and went down to a US 19.
  • Because of the needle size changes I made, I also had to adjust the pattern to keep the width of the blanket about the same, so I added 2 of the pattern repeats, making the CO jump from 72 to 106.

On the positive side, it’s working up fairly quickly and it’s still soft and plushy!  I used the long-tailed cast-on for a neat-looking but stretchy bottom edge, I’m slipping the 1st st of each row purl-wise for neater side edges, and I think I’m going to try to make the yarn joins as invisible as possible by “spit-splicing,” which I learned about via YouTube video (yes, it is what it sounds like it is).

So far I’m really enjoying it, and I’ll probably update with photos on Instagram in between updates here, if you’re interested in finding me there!

Well, that’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!

Kitty Ripple #2

My newest project is Kitty Ripple #2, and when finished it will go with #1 to PetSmart to line the kennels of the adoptable kitties.  Here’s my first couple of rows (I’m using the same pattern as last time).  I just wanted to show you the crazy yarn.  It’s totally something old-fashioned but I think it’s fun for kitties.

I say it’s fun for kitties and there’s already dog hair on it.  I’ll have to wash both kitty ripples before I take them in…

back to the hook

Here’s the crochet stuff!  I started something new: a ripple blanket (pattern here)!  It’s not an ordinary ripple blanket though, it’s a little one, and I’m making it to donate to PetSmart!  I noticed on a visit there today that there were some crocheted and knitted little blankets in the kennels of the adoptable kitties, and I asked an associate if I could just bring some in, and he said yes!  I got some cheap, colorful, slightly grandma-looking yarn from Hobby Lobby and started Kitty Ripple #1:

While I was there, I saw some really cute scissors that I had to get, as well:

But as it turns out, they kinda suck at cutting things.  I had to snip a few times to get through my yarn.  They’re pretty to look at, I guess.

Well, I’m going to go work some more on the ripple.  Thanks for stopping by!

finished the cushion

My first cushion ever, made with the square pattern from Attic24 and the border method from Compact UK, has been completed.  I’m a little unsatisfied with the shape of the pillow — it’s still lumpy and misshapen looking.  Maybe with some use it will work the bumps out itself?  The buttons on the back aren’t quite spaced out the way I wanted them to be either, but I honestly just wanted to finish it up.  Anyway, here are the pics:

finished the flower sunburst granny blanket

My flower sunburst granny square afghan is complete!  Made from Berroco Vintage Chunky, it’s super heavy and thick, so I know it will be toasty (although I’ll never use this yarn for a blanket again — it’s perfect in every way except that it’s too expensive).  It covers a double bed, but the picture below is taken on a queen so you can see it all flat with the cute ruffly border I added.  This has been my most expensive afghan, but it might just be the one I’m most proud of, too.  Here are the finished pictures.

I hope you like it as much as I do!  Now off to make some tea…

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