Fiberuary Challenge

If you follow me over on Instagram you may have noticed that I’m participating the Fiberuary Challenge. Every day of the month you respond to the prompt listed below and share using the hashtag #Fiberuary. It’s fun and you can click on that hashtag and see what other folks have been posting throughout the month.
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Sunday’s prompt was what was your first knitting project and it got me thinking about what I made first…a really horrible orange garter stitch scarf. I have no clue where it went, I’m pretty sure I threw it away or gave it away. So I looked to the first project I added to Ravelry, the Baby Chalice Blanket.
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For a fairly new knitter this was a big project, I made it for my boss’s new baby. I was so proud of it and 7 years later she tells me it now tucks in a stuffed unicorn every night.

So tell me, what was your first knitting project you were really proud of?

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July 2018 Finished Objects

My sister text me the other day alerting me that it was August 1 and it was time for me to start celebrating (my birthday is the 30th). I swore it was still July 31st but here we are and it’s August! So let’s take a look at what I finished in July.
July’s FO’s
I had a good month in July and made progress on other things but I was able to finish off:

  • My secret test knit! It comes out this month so I’ll be able to share the pattern soon. It’s a fun pullover and I knit it in a wild color palette so clearly I love it.
  • I was able to to knit 3 squares for my blanket. Hey, I’ve got a lot more to go but at least I’ve gotten started.
  • And my forgotten Togue Pond Tank was finally off my needles. This one might be my favorite one of all the Togue Pond Tanks I’ve made, seriously. I really do love this metallic yarn.

I am finishing up this week my sister’s sweater! I just have the pockets left so I’ll definitely be sharing that. And I’m hoping to at least separate for sleeves on my latest Guthrie and then start my new test knit next week.

What are you hoping to get accomplished in August?!

Blanket Knitting, Piece by Piece

When I first learned how to knit I did what every knitter does, I made a million baby blankets. I’ve even made a few lap blankets and couch blankets for loved ones. And after a bit of time I started to loathe knitting blankets. But I’ve always wanted a blanket for myself after some of the really pretty and fun ones I’ve made. So that got me thinking…what if I made a blanket piece by piece?

Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan by Karen Baumer
Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan by Karen Baumer

Clearly I thought of this before because as I searched my library I realized I purchased the Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan pattern YEARS ago. So I pulled it out and realized they have a lovely blank chart for you to create your own color palette and pattern if you don’t follow theirs, so I spent a few attempts coloring and this is what I ended up coming up with.
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It was inspired by a quilt pattern I saw on Instagram and I decided that I wanted to do some bold pops of neon colors and ground it with some black and white. I should also note I’m making this blanket with acrylic yarn. Why you might wonder? It’s what I make all my baby blankets with, specifically with Caron Simply Soft, but I also know with two dogs I want something I can wash and dry a million times over and just not worry about it. So I dug into my stash and went with the following block combos:

    • Neon yellow and teal
    • Neon pink and purple
    • Black and white

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    And it will only take me 1 1/2 skeins per color combo to finish the blanket. I whipped up a couple of blocks over the weekend and I liked the color combos, so I’m going to keep it going. I need 81 squares total, 27 of each color combo. And on average it takes me about an hour to complete one square. So I’m down 3 squares and have 78 more to go, LOL. But I also know this is the kind of thing I can totally do when I just need a mindless knitting project. I don’t have a crazy pattern to memorize, they’re garter stitch blocks made with simple decreases and increases and I can always just throw a color combo in a small project bag and always have it with me when I need something quick to do.
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    And Cher has already claimed one square for herself. This is exactly why I knew I needed to just make it with the acrylic I had in my stash. Anyone else work on a blanket like this? Any tips?