Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FO: Cameo blanket

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There are 15 different stitch patterns, all from various Barbara Walker Treasuries, each making a brief cameo in this blanket. Also, I am starting to get obsessed with cameos (like in rings, necklaces, and the like) and the 3-D nature of stitch patterns are reminiscent, at least to me.

This took just a few yards over 12 balls of Spud and Chloe Sweater in Root Beer. It fuzzed (or fizzed, ha!) minimally, and all in all was a good yarn for knitting up something this big. And it's organic! And it's machine washable! And in the machine, it grew quite a bit, from 46" x 70", to 52" x 78". I machine-dried it for about 15 minutes then blocked it to even out the squares a bit (not too successfully). It dried in a few hours and for a too-short period, I got to enjoy the drapey soft warm goodness! Then I sticky-rollered all the cat hair off and shipped the blanket to California.

The blanket is in stockinette, with a garter stitch border, and ~8"x8" panels of a different stitch pattern, 3 to a row x 5 rows. It was knit all in one piece, and I had to get a whole travel bag out to transport it. I tried to choose all grid or diamond -ish patterns, but in a variety of techniques--knit-purl combos, cables, twist stitches, lace. Also, I snuck in a couple nature-related patterns, for fun. Most of the patterns are attractive on the back side too.  Here they all are, before their big trip to my sis! (As always in the winter, these photos were taken in the basement with the CFL overhead lights, so the colors are wonky. The true color is in the picture above, and in the lace patterns for some reason.)

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Eiffel Tower

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Heraldic

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Basketweave

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Squared Check Pattern--I thought this pattern contained the ONLY error I have ever found in a BWT. Then I realized I was comparing the back side of the fabric with the picture.

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Hearts of Oak--my least fave. Also, why not just call it "Acorns?" The back side is cool, it looks like little conch shells, but the pattern pulled together too much for this blanket, and it looks kinda messy.

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Openwork diamonds--the Ur-lace, if there ever was one.

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Checkerboard Mesh

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Exploded ribbing--so fun, like vintage "onion" glass christmas tree ornaments

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Moss Diamond and Lozenge--I know I will regret confessing this, but this was my fave of the bunch. It didn't pull in at all, the pattern is MC Esher fun, and, once in a while I'll admit, moss stitch has a great texture.

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Candle tree--yay cables and leaves!

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Bramble--I made a mistake that was hard to spot until many rows later, and left it in for good luck. Oops. Love the bumpy fabric though!

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Knit-twist lattice--Runner-up for best cameo.

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Puff Diamond

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Checkered acre--grid AND nature-related! It is a derivative of ploughed acre, which has all the eyelets lined up like the tops of wheat. This one is just checkered, not much acre.

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Seaweed

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cast off haiku

Blanket. In one piece.
Bound off at last, tonight.
Oh my aching wrists.
More to come, after blocking!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Purplefest

Didn't you know it's purplefest? It must be, otherwise how did all the purpliness suddenly appear in my knitting basket? Apparently, I didn't get enough purple-and-gray colorwork with my nightscape cardi, as I am halfway through these Alice in Wonderland mittens in the same color combo.
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Knitty Couture, a LYS in St Louis, is closing (boo). I picked up a little something at the closing sale. Actually, it is a little something huge, one of the ginorm (549 yards) skeins of Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist, in more purple. When wound, the ball is the size of a 2 or 3 year old's head.
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If there is anything more dangerous than the free shipping for $50 through knitpicks, it is the 20% off for $75 through webs. Which is how I ended up with even more purple alpaca, this time from Plymouth yarns.
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I have my (purple) work cut out for me!

Knitwear and knitstuffs seem to be everywhere this shopping season. Despite my best efforts to reduce mass mailings (through Catalog Choice, do it, it really works!) there is still a stack of catalogs in the recycling pile. At the top, a pic to make every knitter say, "pah, I could do that!"
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Wow, $18 for something I can make out of my laceweight yarn scraps! Of course, the hand-made version would have a heatable inner part made of non-toxic, non-plastic, all-good scrap fabric and rice. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? That's right--visions of piles and piles of purple alpaca handwarmers!