Archive for the ‘Blankets’ Category

Thank goodness for Botswana

November 19, 2008

Right now, all I seem to be able to knit is garter stitch rectangles. Everything else seems beyond my mental capacity. Luckily for me, the kids in Botswana can use garter stitch rectangles (i.e. blankets) and there’s a new drive for Botswana items for next winter — our summer.

Here is my Rose Quartz blanket.

The yarn is some I purchased on eBay a couple of years ago. It is Bernat Adirondack (acrylic, cotton, mohair, wool, and nylon). Wool is actually better for this project, but I have 13 skeins of this sitting unused. I am not going to use it for anything for me. It is too pink for me. I don’t know what I thought “rose quartz” was going to be, but it is pink. I want to use it for a good cause, so I hope it will be an adequately warm blanket with only 28% animal fiber.

Even though it is a plain garter stitch rectangle, I still managed to add a stitch to the row count TWICE and had to rip back TWICE. Sigh.
Extra Stitch-1

The plant is our brand new camilla that the guy at the garden center ASSURED us would be hardy in New Jersey. We’ll see about that.


Botswana Blocking

May 19, 2008

I have never blocked more than one thing at a time, but last Friday was the day. I had rested up (the washing machine is in the basement) and was ready to go. No one else was home, so I took up the entire sunroom floor. I used beach towels (and realized that a blocking board would be really useful to get the blanket edges straight). Things were slow to dry on Friday, a rainy day, but the sun was out by Saturday. Between the glass slider and the sunroof, everything dried pretty quickly on Saturday. Everything is 100% wool except the orange and yellow sweater which is 70% wool and 25% acrylic.
I’ve already shown the Baby Surprises, but here are the other things:
Knittah’s blanket – she knit 2/3 of it and I finished it up.
Knittah's Botswana Blanket
It is Elann Highland wool which I’ve never used before but will again. It’s great to knit with.

A crochet blanket made from Paton’s Classic Wool from my stash:
Doc Swatchy Blanket
Here it is modeled by Spragoon (he is 5 feet tall, to give you an idea of its size):
Doc Swatchy Blanket
A Beach Beanie:
Beach Beanie
2 red hats and a pair of mittens (also Paton’s Classic Wool):
There was supposed to be a second pair of mittens, but an accident befell them — I forgot to change from the size 4’s for the ribbing to the size 7’s for the main part of the mitten – so they would have fit a crayon, but not a child! I didn’t even take a picture, they looked so silly.

The Energizer Blanket

May 15, 2008

It just keeps going, and going, and going…..
Although to be fair, I could not have expected otherwise. It is for a twin bed. I bought 10 three ounce balls of yarn (1,450 yards). I am working on other projects in parallel. And I am Turtleknits.

Isn’t Peter the Poodle handsome? When I took the blanket outside and spread it on the lawn, he assumed I had done it solely for his reclining pleasure….
These pictures were over a week ago now, it’s 25% bigger than they show.

Am only starting to not love it in the last week or so. I’m considering putting it aside for a bit, since loving it is what knitting is all about it.

Blanket for Baby Y

August 11, 2006


Here’s a recent FO – a blanket done in the Hourglass Lace pattern from Barbara Walker’s first Treasury. I started in mid-April and finished it at the end of June.

Knit in Bernat “Cotton Tots” which is a very soft 100% cotton yarn that I love. This was for my son’s third grade teacher’s baby, aka Baby Y.

By the way, FO stands for “Finished Object.” It’s a back-formation from UFO, Unfinished Object.