Whew! I have been very busy this week. I finished two projects & started another one. I know you want to hear all about them, so let’s jump in.
Jessica’s Giant Blanket
Yep, I am finally done with this blanket. I was beginning to wonder if I would finish it, lol. But I did & this blanket is huge & hot. But that was what Jessica wanted. All I have to do now is wash it, block it, & ship it. My goal was to finish by August & I am happy to say that I did it.
Ok, the basic run down on the pattern is quite simple. I started with this pattern: 5 Basic Circular Shawl Shapes Cheat Sheet & made the biggest square I could manage, lol. I think it measured about 45 inches before the lace work started. Then I choose an edging to add to it. I knew I wanted a simple but very pretty lace edging, & I spent about two weeks trying to determine what I wanted as an edging. I settled on a Feather & Fan edging from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Vol. 6: Edgings. It was a very easy lace to stitch & the only issue I had been cutting the pattern in half for the corners, lol. But suzeeq on Ravelry helped me do it. Basically, that is it. Nothing major, just a lot of knitting in the round, lol.
Kelly’s Cabbage Patch Hat
I came across an adorable hat & posted it on Facebook. Next thing I know one of my friends, Kelly, wants if for her grand-daughter. *BTW, her grand-daughter is adorable* So I said I would make it for her & she gave me the measurements & the color she wanted. Little did I know she was going to pick my hated color. *I dislike yellow, always have* I actually managed to finish the hat in about 1.5 days. Personally, I think it is adorable & hated giving it up, but I think it will be adorable on the grand-daughter. If I get permission from Kelly to post a picture of the grand-daughter here, I will. But these will have to do until & if then.
Yes, surprise it is actually crochet. I don’t think I have finished a crocheted project in over a year. *faints* I don’t mind small crochet projects that finish quickly, but when I have big projects I hate crochet. I get very bored with it. That is why I exchange knitting for crochet, i.e. Jessica crochets me a blanket, I knit her a blanket, Grace crochets me a blanket, I knit her purses. This I can handle.
Now, another friend wants a hat like this one, but I have to get measurements & colors for it.
Originally, Grace wanted a different bag, but that one was more of a market stretchy bag. When I told her this she told me that wasn’t what she wanted & so she picked out a different one, more on that one later. So I had several skeins of DK weight yarn sitting around that I needed something to do with. So I poured into Ravelry & found this pattern: Jamaica Pouch. Now I will say this, the pattern is free but I couldn’t find the correct link or the links weren’t working. So I did manage to find a version of the book online that I could copy the pattern from. Legal? Maybe not, but I am not selling this or making any money off of it, so I highly doubt there is a problem. I loved the way the bag swirled & I am tempted to throw some Pomegranate color into the bag so Grace can see how they go together. *Beautifully in my opinion* My only problem is that it is hard to photograph black, but if you can see I love the swirl on the bottom of the bag.
Now this bag is the bag that I am exchanging for my blanket. The Swirlie is just a bonus I am throwing it. Plus, I feel the blanket is worth more than just a bag. So she gets two, lol. Look at the picture of what she wants me to make her:
Do You See The Cables!!!!! This is going to be interesting. I have only completed three (3) cables correctly in the entire time I have been knitting. But I am dying to make some other projects that have cables, so I need to do them. So hence this project. Since Grace wants it, I won’t be able to talk myself out of it. (though she is trying to do a good job at it)
I am modifying it though. I am working it in the round from the bottom up, & I am going to put a flap on the top to fold over like a messenger bag. I dislike zippers in knitted items, cause the zipper always catches the knitting, so it is going to get folded over. I will even line it & per the request it is to be bright & funky. Hee hee, I don’t think Grace realizes what she is in for with the lining fabric. Bright & funky is just my finding, lol.
Also since the pattern comes as a chart & I don’t feel that trying to knit from a chart & cables (neither which I am comfortable working with) that it would be better to write the pattern out before getting to the cable part. I have a total of 6 rounds wrote out & already have used two sheets of paper, lol.
Ok, that is it for this week. Hopefully, next week I will have the chart written out & more progress to show you on both the bags. Wish me luck cause I am going to need it, lol.