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Now that we're (mostly) settled into the new place, I'm spending more time with my knitting and trying to finish up a few things and get some more baby gear going. The happiest moment came when I finally found the box containing my copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Opinionated Knitter, which has a blanket pattern in it that I wanted to consider (Garter Stitch Blanket--link goes to ravelry, if you're a raveler).

I'm also itching to make a couple of wee sweaters and am considering breaking into my sock yarn stash (eep!) for materials; I like the idea of lighter weight wool fabrics for this climate, and while a sweater for me in sport or fingering weight would take ages, I think I can handle baby-sized items. And then, of course, there are my dreams of knitting a christening gown, which, come to think of it, should really be #1 with a bullet on my list of "next-ups."

LittleZ's Blue Blankie

I finally finished the last square of the blue log cabin blankie. Next up is seaming, then applying an edging, then washing the blanket to shrink it a bit. The yarn, Rowan Denim, is meant to shrink about 20% during the first wash. I'm taking a big risk with this blanket as the stitches are multidirectionally positioned, but I'm fairly mellow about that; at the end of the day, I'll have a somewhat square-ish, maybe a bit puckered blankie that should soften and wear well for however long the wee one wants to use it.

Before I do the sewing up, though, I thought I'd do a small poll to get some input on different order options. The border on the blanket will be in the dark blue color and about 4" around--like a chunky picture frame. These are the three options I'm currently considering:

Option A: Light Blue

Option B: Middle Blue

Option C: Dark Blue

So, if you have an opinion about which best pleases the eye, bring it on in the poll below.

Other Knitting

I've also been working up a gift blankie for a coworker's baby. It's not much to look at, just a big tan garter square (well, at the moment, it's a triangle, since I'm knitting it on the diagonal), but the yarn (Berroco Comfort) makes for a very squishy and soft fabric. I'm about to hit the middle, and I need to make some decisions about what comes next with regard to the border, so I've got a couple of questions about that too (color and border type). And just for giggles, here's a pic of the dull knitting so you can sort of see the the color.

So, here's the poll--oh, and a "woobie" is a childhood comfort item, in case you're wondering:

[Poll #1431839]

on 2009-07-19 02:55 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (Animated Martha Donna Hug 4.13)
Posted by [identity profile]
I had to Google 'woobie' to find out what it meant!! o_O

on 2009-07-19 03:10 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Sorry about that--I realized after posting that I'd forgot to clarify the term--glad you were able to find something there!

on 2009-07-19 03:14 pm (UTC)
ext_3965: (FA Geek Love Radio Times)
Posted by [identity profile]
*adopts mysterious tones* I am a Google Fu Master, my child.

(Don't mind me, I think the cold's making me more than usually crazed - that and relief at getting rid of that bloody fic!)

on 2009-07-19 03:58 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I've done the poll wrong; I blame headache. The *border* should be a very dark chocolate brown (as I find pale tan/rich brown a v. pleasing combo.)

Childhood woobie was a red silk scarf, about 36" square. Just the right size for a small child to carry/turn into a cape, etc. Still got the thing somewhere.

on 2009-07-19 04:44 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Oh, I love dark chocolate brown--thanks for the suggestion! I'll check my LYS to see if they've got the right shade or if I can get a gander of the color card for the yarn.

That is a great woobie; I'm imagining little Nea running around saving the day! Was the scarf one your were gifted or appropriated? I find that kids often get more pleasure from things that weren't intended for them...

on 2009-07-19 05:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I have no idea how I got it. Odds are good that it was a gift to my mother that I appropriated... but it has a pattern of little Chinese dolls on it, so it may have been mine from the start.

The one who usually wore it as a cape was my stuffed rabbit. Between the two of them, many a tale of little Nea could be told!

on 2009-07-19 04:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
One of these days I have got to sit myself down and at least attempt to learn to knit :-) It may be a lost cause as I am pathetic at crochet, but I love crafty stuff!

And then, of course, there are my dreams of knitting a christening gown

*falls over from overload of cute* :-)

on 2009-07-19 04:49 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Knitting is wonderful--I find it feeds a number of different needs in me, and I take as much pleasure in a really simple knit (like everything I'm working on now--great for movie watching) as I do in more complicated items. Oh, for teleport tech so that I could transport you to my living room for a lesson...and some cake! ;-)

If the idea of a handknit christening gown is overloading your cute-ometer, you might want to avoid my upcoming post about nephew's recent visit, which comes with a mini-cuteness picspam.

on 2009-07-19 05:44 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I've never known a discontented knitter, and that's a huge part of the appeal :-)

Oh, for teleport tech so that I could transport you to my living room for a lesson...and some cake! ;-)

It's the thought that counts! :D

*braces self for mini-cuteness picspam*
Bring it! ;-)

Icon is relevant to you watching Inferno yesterday :D

on 2009-07-19 04:50 pm (UTC)
syien_island: (Lin and Mai)
Posted by [personal profile] syien_island
Didn't take the poll. When presented with too many choices I flake out. But you know what would be cute? A blankie with a hood.
Reading this post made me break out the family photos and peruse pics of my niece Alana when she was a wee baby (I think its karmic justice that she now looks like me when I was a kid..hahahaha take that, Neil!)

on 2009-07-19 04:54 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
A hooded blankie would be cute, and I've got a pattern or two for knitted buntings (little zip-up baby blankets with hoods) that I'm considering.

Glad the post inspired a bit of family picture-gazing!

on 2009-07-19 05:23 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
That looks neat! I choose C--Dark Blue, and 'other' cream.

I still love your knitting icon!


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