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That is what I had in mind when I started thinking about a baby blanket for my brother and his wife, or rather for their second child.  I had given the oldest a blanket, and thought it would be nice to give her new sibling one as well.  I was fully prepared to create another pattern from scratch, even though I had never worked cables in the way I was envisioning.  I knew it was possible, and went off looking at Ravelry to get some ideas and inspiration.  To my surprise I found almost exactly what I had in mind.  Close enough that I just decided to use that pattern instead.  (no use reinventing the same wheel twice…) What pattern?  It was the Cabled Blanket by Bernat.  (You do need to register for free.  Why do they put all these patterns behind registrations?  I have no clue.  Probably has to do with data mining/marketing…)

There were a couple of changes I had to make; the pattern used chunky yarn, I wanted to use Lion Brand’s Pound of love.  I also wanted to make a size that might be used for a European size crib.  So, back in May I started on this project.  Turns out, when I made a gauge swatch (When you change size yarn, and want a specific size end product, a gauge swatch is a must!) with the worsted weight I had chosen, it was close enough to the suggested gauge that I could change the needles, get gauge, and still get a fabric I liked.  So I did some quick calculations, and got started on the actual blanket.  It took me most of 3 months, and more then a pound of yarn, but I finished it earlier this month.

The color is pretty close to the first picture.  A very nice green/blue, the yarn it self behaved very nicely, and I have no complaints.  I included the last picture because, personally, I love the cables, and I love the fact they go directions other then a twist straight up.  Now that I know the secret(Really, not very complicated.  You just don’t use equal number of stitches in the 2 ‘strands’ of the cable.) I am certain I will use the technique again.  And I will play with the cables, to see what directions I can let them wander.  The blanket came out to be about 39 inches by 56 inches, or 99 cm by 142 cm, which is within an inch each way of what I was aiming for.  So… I am a happy camper.  The baby was born on August 10, a healthy little girl named Lizz.  I sent the blanket on Monday, the 13th, and they opened the box on Friday the 17th, in front of Skype, which, personally, I thought was awesome!  They were very happy with it, which made me happy in turn.  Welcome to the world Lizz, I hope you may use the blanket a long time and in good health.

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Long time no see

It has been a long time…  But I have been getting used to 3 little ones running around my house.  Yes, the littlest one is also crawling, making nothing safe, and no time peaceful.  But in the evenings I have been managing to do some knitting here and there.  And I have gotten over the problem that I mentioned last time.  Do you even remember?  Can’t blame you if you don’t.  I was having some issues with not wanting to finish my current projects.  I stop working on them, just so they won’t get finished.  It really is something like  saying goodbye to a dear friend, even though, since these projects stay with me, I won’t actually have to miss them.  I know, it is complicated.   But all of this, just to say that I actually did finish some projects.  As we speak, Hippo Gnu Deer designed by MMario is blocking on my floor upstairs, and the 22 leaves shawlette, designed by Lankakomero is drying on the blocking frame at the other side of the house.    I don’t have pictures of those two yet, but I do have a picture of this:

Yep, Wingspan is truly finished.  It was a fun, simple pattern, pretty well written, though if I made it again I would probably wrap the short rows.  I just think it provides a slightly neater look, even though most people don’t really see the difference.  I made it 9 wedges, instead of 8, as I wanted to use up as much of the yarn as I could.  Poem works really well for this pattern.  The yarn has some thicker and thinner parts (though not like a novelty thick/thin yarn, much more irregular), which would have really bugged me if I had continued to use it for the socks I had initially intended for.  Some people might really like it, but I could do without the thicker/thinner parts.  The colors are absolutely gorgeous, and as wingspan it works really, really wel.

 

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