Sunday, August 24, 2014

Year of the Blankets

Gone Fishing?
Well it seems this is becoming the 'year of the blanket' for me. I've never knit so many blankets ever!

My 25 year old son had casually mentioned he'd like a blanket made for him after he saw the one I made for our bedroom, how can I resist that.

So after I finished my last one for my nephew I tried to come up with one that would suit him. I couldn't find the right yarn. I really wanted a blues theme that would be masculine enough and  I also wanted a quick knit as I also have another blanket planned with a Christmas deadline.  After searching all the bulky yarn and the colour selections I decided to knit worsted weight held double stranded to get the same effect. So based on colour selection only I went with Red Heart Super Saver. My DH suggested that it looks good when some of the yarn is variegated and I quite agree. I couldn't really find a pattern I liked so I started creating in my mind how it what I wanted it to  look like,  I not only wanted different colours but also textures. I CO 222 stitches to give me a 4 stitch edge border on each side and I started with 12 rows of the blue variegated and I am alternating the colours of white/medium blue/variegated/grey up the blanket and I love how it looks. I am constantly measuring to see how big each colour section needs to be to get the desired size.

It's a really rainy weekend here perfect for knitting on a blanket :)


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Intarsia?

Image borrowed from the Bernat website
I've always loved the look of Intarsia knitting but I've always been too scared to give it a go. I found this cute little Owl dishcloth pattern and I'm thinking it may be a good place to give it a try. It's a smaller project and only has three colours for the picture.

Have you done Intarsia, if so how did you find it?


Monday, August 18, 2014

Another Christmas gift off the needles :D


Racing Stripes Afghan
I finished another of my Christmas gifts last night, this one took longer than I thought I started it in April but when the weather warmed up and it grew, it became more of a knitting in bed project or a cool day project. This was the Basic Stripes Afghan by Bernat.

I'm definitely happy with it, the yarn is a little difficult when joins are made in that it's very slippery and doesn't want to weave in or knit in well, but I managed and there was a LOT of weaving in, my least favorite part but the end result was worth it. If I knit this pattern again I will use the Bernat as I have used it before and it's a good yarn.

This is for my 10 year old nephew who loves bright bold colours and specifically loves these. His sister Jenah is also getting a hand knit blanket this year. I hope they stay nice and cozy this winter.