I hope you had a a wonderful holiday weekend. I went to Palm Spring with some friends and had a great time lounging out by the pool. I am plugging away at projects and not making much progress. But! I did finally finish this baby blanket that was weighing me down.
My Rav page: here.
Pattern: Drift by tincanknits
Yarn: Naturally Tussock 10-ply in Oatmeal, just over 7 skeins.
Needles: 4.5mm, US7
Start Date: November 2, 2012
Finish Date: November 18, 2012
This was actually a very lovely pattern. The pattern has directions for a triangular shawl and a rectangular blanket, knit in aran weight yarn. My version is done in a tweed-ish yarn so the cables don’t look as clean as if done in a solid yarn. The yarn has a thick wool ply with a novelty polyester thread plied with it, causing a tweed/marled look. I had this yarn in my stash from years ago, and I think it is one of the colors that makes me look sick so I decided I didn’t need to save it for a sweater.
The pattern was very straight-forward. For some reason this was a bit of a labored project for me. I was knitting as a gauge a little denser than the yarn wanted to be knit up at (though still much looser than the ballband gauge…) and I had a lot of trouble moving the stitches around my cable. I feel like I spent as much time rotating my stitches as I did actually knitting. I did the cabling without a cable needle, but it was feeling really tight on those rounds. When I went to block it, I realized that the cabled sections were extremely tight and restricted me from stretching the blanket out as much as I wanted to. The cables basically form a rectangle in the middle of the blanket, and they refuse to be stretched out any larger. If I were to do it again, I would use a size 8 for the whole thing, and a 9 for the cabled sections. My final dimensions were about 3’x3′.
I wish I needed a baby present so this could go to good use. Though, I did make it wool, so that it could be blocked into shape, but now I worry about what mother I could give this to that wouldn’t immediately shrink it in the wash. After all my puking in Catalina the other week, my knitting group joked that I was making it for my own baby in nine months. But no worries there. 🙂
This was my first test knit for the Free Pattern Testers group on Ravelry. I enjoy test knitting, though I’ve only done few tests. It is fun to see patterns early, plus there is a bit of a tech editor in me. I like finding little errors. But one drawback is feeling like you are on someone else’s time schedule instead of your own. Right now I am trying to finish up some gift socks and make some coffee cozies for the Portlandia Co-Op. Then it is all about selfish knitting! I am a selfish knitter at heart, so can’t wait to get back to my bulging project queue. Are you currently overwhelmed with holiday knitting?