another post of many topics

I'll start with the finished baby blanket. I finished it several days ago, it's just waiting for me to take it to the post office. I think it turned out to be very cute and I ended up with only a tiny bit of the white yarn left, so It was definitely just the right size. I hope my friend and her baby like it.

four squaresfinished blankieQuinn's blanket

Next up is Anouk, for another friends baby. I bought a bunch of CottonEase to make another log cabin blanket and then I remembered Anouk. I've been waiting for a little girl to knit it for! So far, so good. I finally read sock pr0n's post on how to weave in ends while knitting so I tried it on this project. You can see in the picture on the right that it makes for a very neat stripe! I particularly like the edge of the knitted fabric with this method. I might never use any other method for joining a new yarn!

anoukanouk's back

Last up is my footie project. They suck. Okay, the footie I have knit is cute, I haven't bothered to do the sewn bind-off because I only have 20 gms of yarn left from a 50gm ball, so I know I can't make another one. I do have another ball of this yarn, but it has another home in mind. I might have to change that plan because I really want footies from Panda Cotton and it's looking like Janice was right (isn't she always?) that I wouldn't be able to get two footie socks from one tiny ball of Panda Cotton for my giant feet. Ah well, baby socks for the rest of it, I guess.

The thing is, I was hoping to write up this pattern but I don't want to write up a pattern that requires 1.2 balls of yarn. That's just annoying.

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a post of many topics

First up, big ass skeins of Sugar 'n Cream. I got two of them at Michael's today. They're 12 oz each, 608 yards. I'm not actually sure why I bought them since I could make a dozen dishcloths from each, I think and somehow that seems unlikely. Maybe I'll use one of them to knit a sweater for Stefan.  I also got four colors of CottonEase which I plan to use to make a baby blanket for a dear friend who is due next month. (I better get on that!) I'm still finishing up the blanket for my other dear friend whose baby was born 10 days ago. I finally finished the first of the four big mitered squares. I expect the rest to go much more quickly because I started this one several times trying to figure out how many stitches to start with. (I decided that with the giant yarn just knitting was easier than swatching.)

I've also been working on designing a footie sock. I was going to make it sort of ped shaped to save yarn but Kristi sent me a link to someone else's peds which I thought were super cute, so I went back and changed them. I'm using a diamond rib pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. I knit too far before starting the gusset, though, so I'm going to have to go back a bit and fix that.

footie socknew footie

Last, but not least, I ordered the free 10 pack of Moo mini cards and they arrived today. I got two each of five different cards. They are very cute, of course. I love these Moo cards. If I can ever figure out a reason to justify it, I'll order a pack of 100. Or maybe I'll just keep getting 10 free here and there.

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giant backward knitting

I'm working on a baby blanket for a friend of mine on size 17 needles with very chunky yarn, two stitches to the inch chunky. I think it's the biggest yarn I've ever knit. I'm not even sure why I bought size 17 needles in the first place and I don't think I've knit anything else on them. It's a very strange feeling. I think I know how kids feel when learning to knit on size 10s or so.

The good thing, other than how fast it goes, is that the project was cumbersome to turn around so I used it as an opportunity to teach myself to knit backwards. I also decided to make a little video of myself doing so and post it here for your benefit. It's hard to be your own cameraperson. I will probably try to get a better video later, when Erik isn't deeply entrenched in fighting WWII online. (Don't ask.)

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