It took a little while and involved a bit of tweaking to get the sizing right as well as my own addition, but I managed to finish the Chunky Baby Blanket I’ve been working on for a while for a coworker that is expecting their first baby next month. I’m very happy with how it turned out and with the ribbons to tie it when it’s rolled for easier storage and transporting. Below are a few quick (and I apologize for not very good) snapshots of the final product.
Knit side of the blanket
Fabric side of the blanket
The blanket rolled with the ribbons tied.
The other news for this post is that I have a new pattern posted on Ravelry. The pattern is the On The Cables Hat that I have done several versions of. The pattern is available for sale for $2.
Now that I have finalized all of the pattern parts for my Dude’s Cross Cable Gauntlets, I need to sit down and make it all pretty in Publisher so that I can share it. When that thought hit me, I realized that I have yet to write down the pattern for the Cellular Cables pillow pattern I designed (as well as sew the knit halves to the material). I need to finalize the pattern for a scarf that I made for a coworker a while back.
I had a few posts a while back about creating patterns. Since I wrote those, I noticed that if I get bored and look around, I can usually find someone wearing something that has been knitted. Often my mind will go to thinking about how the pattern was knit. After I think I’ve figured the pattern out, I think about what I would tweak. I suppose it’s one of those, “OOOO! Shiny object!” ADHD things a bit, but just so you don’t think I’m a total freak, I often also thing about web design interfaces and video games when I’m bored as well.
For those who don’t know me (or those who do and have somehow forgotten) Kylie Minogue is my favorite singer. I have pattern ideas in my head that I was thinking about naming after some of her songs. Then, an idea struck me: this year is the 25th anniversary of her first record so why not have a whole series of patterns for about a year that are named after and inspired by her songs? This could also be my first adventure in selling knitted items on Etsy.
I got to thinking more (you know, like I do) and tried to come up with a way to make it better. I realized that Kylie and my paternal grandmother have something in common: they both had breast cancer. What better way to improve the original idea than donating part of everything I sold to breast cancer research? So that is one of my ideas for a project set over a year.
Some examples of the patterns I have in my head now for this project (with a link to a video of the song on YouTube if that could help you picture it):
- In My Arms (gals): fingerless gloves that open just past the wrist and are tied with ribbon just past the elbow. I’d likely have a darker version with pops of purple and blue and a version that is fuchsia and white or cream striped – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj6IKIPteuE&ob=av2e
- Get Outta My Way (gals): long, narrow, symmetrical scarf that makes use of a modified version of the chevron pattern I used in my Chevron Hat pattern. I’m thinking shades of blue and white to match the cover of the album this song was on – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHGaW8lBlSk&ob=av2e
- 2 Hearts (mostly guys, but gals could pull it off): a red, black, and white beanie mainly for guys. I might add a brim. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcGnoqUvLCg
- Chocolate (gals): a cowl worn like a hood and draped a bit over the shoulders in shades of brown. Two color variations I also have in mind are the fuchsia and white/cream strips from In My Arms and possibly a checkered, double-knit one in those colors (clearly that one would be a one-of-a-kind). – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyMjCg7JNrM
- Locomotion (gals): leg warmers done in neon colors as a throwback to the 80s. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xxjR1IJRHk (not that you need a link, if you haven’t heard this song before no matter what age you are, you live under a rock)
- White Diamond (gals): fingerless gloves that go a few inches past the wrist have, you guessed it, diamonds worked into the pattern. (Sadly, this song was never released, but she has performed it live in several shows) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQTyn0p_5MQ
Well, those are 6 ideas so far. My goal is to have between 10 and 15 different patterns. These patterns also aren’t set in stone.
If you’re a Kylie fan as well, any suggestions for songs to think of pattern to match? As you can see, I’m having trouble with some of her older material. I’d also like to think of some more patterns that guys can wear as well.
After 7 tries, I’ve finally gotten this pattern perfect. Yes, it really did take 7 tries. It was worth it for the final product.
Below are some pictures of the left glove. There are spots where it is a little bit rough, but I did figure out how to solve that problem (I was knitting too tight along the cabled part). One thing to note is that the glove is only in two colors because I ran out of the first color. However, it did give me an idea for notes that I’m going to add to the project about adding a second color along the edges and possibly for the thumb.
The cables on each glove are mirrored. Yes, my dog is a ham for the camera and always needs to try to be in the picture.
Palm side of the glove is flat so that is comfortable.
The thumb has a tight knit and is smooth with no gaps.
Close up view of the cables.
The prototypes were done in Knit Picks’ Swish worsted. The ones I’m actually going to make for myself are going to be done in their Brava line. It’s the only acrylic I’ve tried so far that has knit for me like wool and that I haven’t minded the feel of.
I haven’t been knitting much lately. That’s not a bad thing, though. It’s actually a good thing. I started knitting as a meditative and relaxing hobby. I haven’t been as stressed lately so I haven’t needed the hobby. But don’t worry, I have still been fitting some knitting in 🙂