I have a feeling 2015 is going to involve a lot of knitting. My grandma recently gave me about thirty balls of yarn from her stash, and my friend Bryan's Mom just sent over a knitting pattern book and a bag of yarn to go with it. Fun!

The pattern book Norma sent over is called 'Knitted Toy Tales' by Laura Long. Most of the patterns are for small/medium sized toys that are knitted flat, so I can easily dive into this book and make some cute things. I am pretty excited about it.


She also sent over a bag of yarn that included some pretty pink sparkle baby yarn, and it immediately caught my eye. There were five 50g balls in the bag, and I spent some time searching Ravelry to see how I could use them up.


A baby blanket seemed like the obvious choice, and since many of my friends are having babies, a blanket could become a nice gift for a newborn. I looked through some patterns and found one that used circular knitting needles to complete the blanket. I had the right size and length (32" long!), as the blanket is pretty wide and would not fit on strait needles. This is my first try at knitting with circular needles, and I'm knitting strait on them, so I'm getting used to them pretty easily.


The thing I'm realizing about this pattern is that it will not be a quick knit. I'm still getting used to the way circulars work (and how certain stitches slide from the wire to the needle a little less easily than others). The pattern also has a complicated row that helps to form a Feather and Fan pattern, which involves me doing a lot of counting. Also each row has 154 stitches, so a knit row takes me over ten minutes to complete, a complex row takes over fifteen. The final length of the blanket will be 204 rows, so it is going to take me some time to get there. It's also not the kind of pattern that I can zone out to TV or an audiobook, so it will be a small doses kind of project. Even though it'll be months before this turns into a blanket, I think it will be a very satisfying knit once complete.

The first 12 of 204 rows.


Posted by Jen B On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 6 comments

6 comments:

  1. 50g is how much my pepperoni rolls weigh, before I stuff the dough.

    Super pretty pink and sounds like a fun winter ahead. Just was on the deck snapping a few shots. So cold but sooo pretty out there.

    Happy Wednesday and boogie boogie :-)

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  2. My aunts in one way or another have been knitting for years, particularly my late aunt. My mother didn't really do too much of it.

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    1. My mother was a sewer and always thought knitting took too long to see results. It is true sometimes. My Grandma is the knitter - she taught me how to do my first project, a dishcloth.

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished project! It's so going to be so soft and lovely when you're done. That baby wool is always nice to work with. Takes longer, but softer on your fingers. :)

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    1. I think it will be a nice relaxing project this winter. Can't wait to see it! :)

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