It seems everyone I know is expecting these days (if you don’t think you are, you better check again) and I have been a baby blanket making fool. Coincidentally, I have also been a guest blogging fool! Keep an eye on Alaska Knit Nat‘s blog for a tutorial on the famous Lovey blanket (feather and fan), and the fabulous Robin of Crafting Mommy of Two has asked me to tell you about the latest checkerboard blanket.
I make the blankets for folks I know will appreciate them (not everyone “gets” 40-50 hours of one’s time as a gift) and it is the absolute best feeling when the recipient gets really excited. It is the definition of ‘warm and fuzzy.’
I basically production knit these days, and cowls seem to be the big winner. They are so super duper easy to make, I almost feel bad *not* telling you how to make them. So, here goes.
- Using the chunky yarn of your choice, cast 28 stitches onto size 19 (15mm) needles
- Garter stitch (knit each row) a long panel (usually 2 skeins of yarn or so) and bind off
- Twist 2 -3 times and join ends
This is the super quick cheater way to make a “mobius” knit cowl, and if you’re really good at joining the seams, no one will know the difference.
Now I’m off to knit some more…’Tis the season and all….
Iceland is absolutely full of yarn. Even at the tiny mom and pop grocery stores and some of the gas stations. Seriously. That’s probably because there are also sheep everywhere (not necessarily in the gas stations, but almost literally right outside…). And this is good, quality, Lopi type yarn and I took every opportunity to fondle as much of it as I could while I was there. (And it was cheap!!!)
We stopped and checked out the Handknitting Association of Iceland (quite a few times actually, as my husband was obsessed with finding the perfect sweater) and I stumbled upon my first community knitting project. I had heard about places that do such a thing but was never able to be part. A basket by the door had a scarf in the round with all sorts of different yarns and patterns and a list of the knitters from over 20 different countries listed. And yes. I had to take part.
We did finally manage to find the husband a sweater, though he thought perhaps he needed another (but we decided his next epic sweater would come from Ireland or Scotland), and it was a double feel good purchase as it was handmade just for that shop. So awesome!
I’m a total Harry Potter nerd and can’t stop making the scarves. Why? Because when my owl arrives I want to be good and ready and have loads to spare so I can give them to my new friends (they will be my friends!!) and honestly Hogwarts looks a little drafty (not that I’m complaining at all. I love drafts. Really!!).
I gave the quick run down of the Harry Potter scarf construction in this post here, but finally had enough inventory set aside to get around to working up a ‘later years’ Potter scarf. Follow the same instructions as seen in the previous post, but knit only 2 rows for the alternating yellow and red stripes (pictured is 3, I dislike. The double row on the needles now looks a ton better). This piece worked up even faster than I thought, and I had a very enthusiastic model to help with the photograph. Huzzah!
Of course, should you want to pay me to make it for you instead of doing it yourself (and I’m totally ok with that…) you can find it listed in my Etsy shop.
I am the founding member of the Anchorage Stitch N Bitch – The Late Bloomer’s Society, and it’s pretty awesome. We get together at various locations around town (though usually my own storefront, because then I will surely make the gathering), and work on current projects, sip vino, eat snacks, and usually talk a little smack. It’s pretty therapeutic and awesome to hang around such crafty, sassy company. I seem to be production knitting these days (but awaiting my chance to make another baby blanket for someone special), and I’ve been cranking out striped scarves. It started with Harry Potter and went from there.
I do sell the Gryffindor scarves online, (and other houses here) and you can find some of my other color combinations around, but should you be so inclined, they are super easy to make too.
- Cast 40 stitches onto a round 6 mm needle
- Purl in the round until you reach desired stripe width and switch colors
- To avoid that color ‘hop’ when switching colors, slip the first previous color stitch over the next needle without purling after you have stitched the first round
- Continue until desired length, turn inside out, finish with tassels
And of course, if you can have a cocktail while you’re knitting, it makes things even better….!
I’m sure my friends and family are sick of me talking about this silly blanket nonstop, but honestly I’m pretty darn tickled that a) I had my sh*t together enough to finish it for the Fair b) had the huevos to enter it into a state competition and c) take home a ribbon! Woo hoo! It was a lot of work, but for the first time, aside from weaving ends, it is totally mistake free – (I pat myself on the back for that, too). And being the masochist that I am, I am contemplating making another one….why not, right? What colors this time?
I’m working on a another fan and feather blanket, but this one is destined to be entered into the state fair this summer. I will even be teaching myself ( or, *gulp* asking for help) to crochet a little floral border. Exciting stuff!