September 7, 2013

Decision time – what do you do?

Posted in Knitting at 11:05 am by dianelaces

Note to self: Look at your knitting!

I wrote the post below and started reading it and looking at the photos that I took of my project.  Hmmm, something looks funny.  I looked at the chart in the book – No that is NOT the way I am knitting it!  OMG!  I’ve made an error in the diamonds, I’m sure you can see it.  I’ve made the same error over and over and over.  What would you do?

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One of my co-workers is expecting a baby in late November, so I decided I wanted to knit a baby blanket. I have been missing the Orenburg knitting since I finished my shawl in March, so I decided this blanket would be Orenburg-style, but in a heavier weight appropriate for a baby blanket. I chose the Brava sport yarn from Knit Picks because it was affordable, acrylic and washable. The yarn is gray because I wanted it light enough to show off the lace patterns, but still be gender neutral. Then I picked up The Gossamer Webs Design Collection by Galina Khmeleva to help me design the layout. Galina was my teacher at the IOLI convention last summer in Minnesota. I chose the Border 1 which is the basic border with a mouseprint. For the body I chose a diamond shape that is a combination of diagonals and strawberries. I did a lot of math and scribbling on graph paper and decided the blanket would be 4 diamonds wide by 4 diamonds high with an extra diamond centered in the garter stitch ground. There were still some adjustments on the fly, but overall it has knit very smoothly. Now that I am halfway through I am starting to see how the finished object is going to look and I’m very pleased. The size is going to be good also, about 36″ x 38″.

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September 3, 2013

Presents in the mail!

Posted in Knitting at 6:48 pm by dianelaces

Today I got some presents in the mail. I started following the blog whatimuptotoday and she held a drawing for a giveaway amongst the followers of her blog. Sarah contacted me and asked me a few questions and today I got a sweet little package in the mail. I got a red knitted scarf! Red is my favorite color 🙂
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It’s silk and mohair and lightweight and warm and luscious!

I also got some handmade cards.  The funny thing is, Ted and I have been talking about the horrible selection of greeting cards we find in the stores and have made a pact to try and use or find handmade cards whenever we can.  These will be put to very good use.

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So, Sarah, thank you for your lovely and generous gift.  It makes me smile every time I see it.  You made my day.  Everyone, please check out Sarah’s blog, whatimuptotoday!