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Granny Stripes Blanket

September 14, 2012

Finally.  Finished.  I’ve been working on this so long. Since it didn’t require a pattern, it was my mindless knitting that I could do in the dark practically while we watch TV.  But since we don’t watch a lot of TV, it took forever!

This blanket was inspired by granny stripe blankets I saw on Ravelry.  The fun thing, too, about looking at all those blankets was all the different color combinations people used.   There are 2,286 Granny Stripes blankets on Ravelry.  You could look at them forever.  I love it!

I chose colors that would go in our bedroom.  We needed some kind of throw/blanket back there to use if someone wanted to take a nap.  I decided to use Cascade 220 Superwash Wool so I could throw it in the washer.  They also have a ton of colors in that line and I did not have a hard time selecting a few colors to perfectly match our bedspread.

I used four shades of brown and a shade of pale yellow/cream.  I decided to do a series of stripes by doing 2 stripes and then the cream, three stripes and then the cream, four stripes and then the cream, five stripes and then the cream and then reversing it.

I don’t like weaving in all those ends, though!

I crocheted until I felt the blanket was just big enough because I figure it would grow after I washed it and sure enough, it did.  It really expanded, so I have a nice big throw now.  The Cascade Superwash washes up really nicely.  I threw it in the dryer on low and came out great.

Pattern: Granny Stripes Blanket
Yarn:  Cascade 220 Superwash
Crochet Hook: #H (5.0 mm)
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Jared Flood’s Autumn Leaves

September 5, 2012

Wow – it’s been a while since I’ve posted around here but hey – something called “Summer” happened.  There was a lot of yard work to do and feeding my summer addiction.  But I was knitting.  I’ve been working on two big, long projects and finally got one of them finished – the Autumn Leaves Stole by Jared Flood.

This stole is knit in two halves and then grafted together, using kitchener stitch. I had the first half finished the first part of the year and then, after it went on a stitch holder, I got distracted and picked up some other things to knit. But discipline set in and I determined to finish the second half.  The second half just flew off the needles. Such fun to knit!

Jared’s pattern is, as usual, so well written and the chart is easy to read.  The pattern is very easy and once you get the hang of the stitch symbols, a very fast knit.  This stole can be worn as a scarf, also.  I’ve used Madelinetosh Vintage, which is a yummy yarn, so warm and soft.

Pattern:  Autumn Leaves Stole
Needles:  US 9 Circular Addi Lace Turbo (of course)
Yarn:  Madelinetosh Vintage in Bark
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