Pattern: My own. Sort of a sampler of various cable patterns.
Made for: My sister’s friend, but I’m seriously contemplating keeping it for myself because ohmygosh I am in love.
Yarn and notions: 2 skeins each of Vanna’s Choice in white, dusty green, silver blue and chocolate; 1 yard flannel jungle print fabric; 2 packages of 7/8″ quilt binding in PC706
Needles: Size 8 rosewood straights, scarf length
Started: November 2008
Completed: September 2009 (though I took A LOT of breaks from this project)
I figure if I keep blogging about this project, maybe I’ll keep working on it. Actually, I’m hoping to get quite a bit of time in on all my knitting projects next week when we are on our family vacation. There will be plenty of people around to entertain Bean so I don’t have to worry about her getting tangled in yarn, poking her eyes out with my needles and all the other lovely things she likes to do with my knitting projects and notions. I’ve even contemplated bringing up my sewing machine and quilt pieces, but I’m sure Stephen would have objections to us hauling all of that up there.
This Mammoth trip (it is a tri-annual thing for my husband’s family) will be quite different for us I think. First there is the Bean factor, so Stephen says fishing is out unless we have a babysitter. Then the pregnant factor which means no big hikes, not that I was much of a big hiker in the first place (I about died on the ity bity 4 mile one to Devil’s Postpile 6 years ago). So personally, I’m envisioning lots of lounging around reading and knitting with some mild excursions into the great outdoors and lots of family time of course.
Anyway, back to the blanket. I’ve got three rows finished!
The blue strips will be in the same cable pattern as the green ones. The white strips with the Celtic knot cable are probably going to be the death of me because they require cable stitch manipulation on every. single. right side. row. But I’m only making two of them so I’m halfway done with that masochism and it really does look good next to the more traditional cables. That’s about it on the blanket for now. Weekly Bean update coming later today.
Oh and again I would like to point out that this blanket is for my sister’s friend. I am not predicting the sex of my unborn child with this blanket. I am not preparing for a boy. I don’t know what we are having and actually have absolutely no inclinations one way or another this time around. We’ve decided to go ahead and do the “big” halfway point ultrasound, but we are still undecided as to whether or not we’ll find out what we are having this time around. Anyway, just wanted to clear the air there for a minute in case any of you may be confused.
If you’ve lost count along the way, I have several projects currently in the works. There is Bean’s big girl quilt, which I am happy to say I have 8 rows of squares done on that one. There is the blue sweater with bird buttons that I was really excited about and then fizzled out when it came time to do the sleeves. Then there is the Men’s Zipped Raglan from Last Minute Knitted gifts that I started after the blue sweater fizzle.
If that isn’t enough I still have yarn purchased and picked out for two projects that I was supposed to turn into Christmas projects.
And then there is the latest thing that has caught my fancy. Latest in that I’ve just picked it up again, that is. About a month after Bean was born my sister and I headed to Michael’s to pick out some yarn for me to knit a baby blanket that she was going to give her friend that was due in January. I told her I might be a bit late on the project since I had all those Christmas presents to do. I’ll freely admit now that I got in way over my head with this project and my Christmas knitting projects just months after having a baby. It was kind of stupid.
The other day I saw the start of the blanket just sitting there in a pile up in the guest/craft room and I got a big urge to finish it. Except that for some reason when I started it, I decided that I was going to knit this entire blanket in garter stitch. Which is pretty much the most boring thing ever. So I ripped it out and decided that I needed something a little more exciting to keep me going on the thing. I came up with an idea for a cable sampler. I am going to knit the blanket in strips. Each strip will be a different color and have 1 of 3 cable patterns. Then I’ll stitch all the strips together and the blanket will be classic comfy perfection. I’ve got about 1.5 strips done so far.
As a crafter with many outlets for my creativity I’ve always wanted to do a project that combined several of the things I know how to do. Since the wrong side of a cable knit isn’t very pleasing to the eye, I decided that this blanket needed a fabric backing and that I would also bind it with some quilt binding to give it a very finished and hopefully somewhat professional look.
As I understand it, the boy’s room is jungle themed. When I went to JoAnn’s the other day I was very dissappointed in their selection of jungle print fabrics. So I went home and searched online only to find the same prints there. Grr. I figured I could just settle for one of the prints and it would work, but not be exactly what I had in mind. Somehow I completely missed this fun little print though in my last look and I was so excited to find it today:
It’s pretty much exactly what I had in mind. I am so excited about it. And just for fun here’s a crappy picture of all the materials together:
Now if I could only finish the thing. We’ll see. Hopefully I can at least get it done before his first birthday.