Another blanket marathon.

When it comes to knitting, I appear to be a ‘big project’ girl.  My first ever knitting project was a gorgeous cardigan from Debbie Bliss’s Andes pattern book.   It would appear that a cardigan is not the easiest knitting project for a virgin knitter, and mine ended up looking a bit like the lab coat I used to wear in Physics lessons.

Since then I’ve migrated to blanket squares.  Now these I like, because

  1. They are portable.
  2. If it turns into a clusterf*ck you can rip the square up and start again with out ruining the entire project
  3. You get to practise lots of different kinds of stitches (see point 2).  I learned intarsia, cabling, bobbles and lace stitching methods this way.
  4. If you knit enough of them you can turn them into a really special ‘heirloom’ blanket

You can check out another of my efforts here, but this one (below) is for my mother.  I made the first square and slid it into a card for her on Mother’s Day.  I think I’m about half way there now. I probably  need about 20 more squares, plus more to add a ‘hem’ all around.

Mistakes? I’ve made a few..

As you can see it’s still a work in progress.  It looks scruffy – but so did my other one until I tidied the ends up and stitched them together.  I can’t wait to see the finished thing, but that might be a way off.    I am not a ‘natural knitter’!  At my village ‘knit and natter’ group, I do more nattering than knitting, and when I do knit, my elbows tend to get in the way of everyone else.  But hey, I don’t really go there for the knitting – I go there for the hilarious conversations (yes really).  And also for the swearing. It sounds  a bit American Pie (as in ‘this one time, at band camp..’), but the air in our village turns bluer than this blanket when us ‘yarn ho’s’ are having a coven meeting.

One or two ends to tidy up still..

The yarns I’m using are Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran and Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran.  They work interchangeably in this project as they knit up on the same needles and have a very similar feel.  I am hoping my mum will use this blanket in her garden summer house, which has gorgeous seaside views, so I chose sea blues, mixed in with neutrals.

Knitting – sometimes an outdoor sport.

All of the patterns from these squares were adapted from this book – truly a bible for knitters of squares. As a novice knitter I was stunned to find there are rather a lot of these books, but this is the best.  I know.  I knit a LOT of squares.

This is a Very Good Book.

And that’s it.  My latest work in progress, and proof that knitting blanket squares is NOT just for grannies.  Anyone with wanky hips can do it!

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  1. That is beautiful. Your mum will be so pleased. Wish I could knit better. Your group sounds fab. Mine is lovely but “vary naice” and conservative. I’m a bit of a black sheep!

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    • Oh I think you’d like it at our little coven, nothing ‘naice’ about us (now for anyone that isn’t a MN-er that sounds rather insulting, but you know what I mean. :)) I love the idea of black sheep knitters! If I ever need another blog title, that will be it.

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  2. It is coming along beautifully! And what a nice idea to use the blues and neutrals to go with the sea.

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  3. I’ve had my eye on that book for a while and I really love your blanket, great stitches and colours. 🙂

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    • The book is great! Mine is looking a tad battered now, I take it everywhere with me. My knitting friends are sick of the sight of it. But I’m very loyal to it and haven’t discovered a mistake in it yet. Wish I could say the same for my knitting! 🙂

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  4. Your blanket is going to be gorgeous! How do you find the sewing up bit? It’s always the part I dread because it takes me SO long. Lovely idea putting a square in your mum’s card.

    My first knitting attempts were also way too ambitious. I found this quite complicated pattern book and made a mohair cardy with a sea view + seagulls on it. It was really long, but the arms were so tight they cut off my circulation. I knit small now!

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  5. That looks so beautiful! Your mum is a lucky lady. I’m a hopeless knitter, but you’ve inspired me to have a go anyway. 🙂

    (PS I found you via MN Bloggers)

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    • Thank you Cassandra! You should have a go – 18 months ago I was a knitting virgin, and since I’m completely uncoordinated, anyone can do it if I can! 🙂

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