Sunday, March 1, 2015

YOP Week #35

I missed last week but you didn't miss much! LOL!  The only problem with being strict with myself about "finishing" things is that it gets boring for my blog readers as it's the same old projects.  If I would sit and knit and/or crochet all day I would move ahead faster but I have other fish to fry and most are way ahead in my priority list.  But I do knit on my breaks during the day and I take quite a few at my age and I crochet at night while I watch t.v. or listen to a book on tape.  
On the knitting front, the blanket is coming along really well!  2 weeks ago when I blogged I was just starting block #31 and this week I am just starting block #41 out of 55!  I am seeing a finish off in the distance and being this close there's no chance of me putting it there?

My plans are to finish and then back it with a dark brown "minky" fabric I've had my eye on.
The only problem is I've never lined or backed anything knitted before.  I've seen it done though and it really looks wonderful.  I'm just not sure how?   Pre-wash the fabric to ensure there's no shrinking and leave enough fabric all around (1/2 inch?) to press a hem and then blind stitich all around?  If anyone has done this please tell me as else I will be "winging it".
I've also been slowly catching up with the preemie hats and I'm just finishing up January......
I spent some time organizing them and making a list by month of how many and what type was needed to fulfill my requirement.  Then I woke up this morning and realized it is now March!  I need some more yarn too.  Get a move on, Sam!
Feeling so good about my "stick-to-it-iveness" I found myself needing a little joined a  BAL (blanket along) over at Cherry Heart and actually today is the official start so please go over and join if you feel the urge.  She also has a group on Ravelry for it and all the information including the free pattern is at the above link.  Here's my humble start........the picture is Sandra's hexie blanket called the Weekender and that is exacly what I am doing.  The BAL is for any  blanket you are working on or have set aside and it doesn't have to be her pattern.  It's just a group to encourage us all to finish and/or start those blanket projects.  My plan is to work on my blanket of blocks above during the week and then on the weekends (get it...The Weekender?) I'll work on the hexie blanket.
I ended up doing my first hexie 3 times before I got it right.  The picture above helped tremendously.  I am so poor at following directions and she had a chart also but I haven't learned how to use them...yet.....I think it was one of my YOP skills this year...or it should have been.  Now that I sort of know how to make one maybe I can go back and understand the chart.
I put a big order in to Deramore's as my Stylecraft DK was never a big collection but it will be now!
I'd been saving my "allowance" for awhile now to place an order and it was free shipping to the U.S. even so I felt very "puffed" as my friends in the U.K. say or is it "chuffed"?  Regardless, I am very excited  for it's arrival this coming week and I will share pictures as soon as it arrives!
I'm also learning a new technique today (hopefully) with Cherry Heart's JAYG (join as you go) instructions.  That's why I only have the one hexie done as I need to be spending some time on that technique today.  The only problem with "join as you go" is you have to know your color placement right away where as when you join later you can lay them out and see what arrangement looks best.  I did take a tip from Lucy over at Attic 24 that she does for designing her blankets and their colors.  She wraps some yarn around a clip clothespin (you use the clip to keep the end of the yarn from unraveling) and she marks the number/color of the Stylecraft DK on the end.  I need more clothespins before my yarn arrives this week! LOL!
I hope you all had a great week and Happy March!  We're having snow, sleet and freezing rain today so it's a great day to cozy up and do some handwork.  I have spaghetti sauce simmering and putting a great smell in the air!  Happy Trails!
P.S.  I finished a bunch of books this last week too so stop by tomorrow for "It's Monday, What Are You Reading".  I'll have some reviews and stop by Book Journey who is the hostess of the Monday reading group.  There are hundreds of reviews on her site and Monday's are when her fellow reviewers all link up.  So, if you're wondering what to read next, Sheila will lead you to just the right book!


  1. I would say chuffed!! I love your projects - your blanket is so close. I have never lined a blanket so cannot offer advice, but I look forward to seeing yours. Hope the nose is feeling better!

  2. We both missed last week and it was a shock to get up and it's March already. But we got out for a bit of a hike first time out in 2 weeks! Hope you feel better all this coming week. I'm always amazed at how much you accomplish my friend. You inspire me. I did make a little dollie dress this week. But I'm going to kick it up a notch now! lol Sweet hugs, Diane

  3. I love that Hex blanket! I just may have to put that on my wish list. I'm still reading a Hemingway book I wanted to finish in Feb. The month passed very quickly.

  4. Ooh, I like that expression, "chuffed." It's snappy. I like how the mini hexies lay flat. Join as you go is super helpful. I used Lucy's method for Jellybean's colourful hexagon blanket. I do still want to make a traditional granny square blanket where you have to sew them together.

  5. I love that Hexie blanket maybe by next weekend I can get started on one! Thanks for the links to the instructions. I printed them out...I have joined as you go before and it works slick once you figure it out. I am still working on Harlows blanket and my woodcarvings and my bead projects.
    Your blanket is coming along...I lined some drapes once but I am not a seamstress so I have no idea about the finishing of the blanket. :)

  6. Your blanket is coming along very nicely. I have lined a knitted blanket before. I crocheted a border around it to join the knitted fabric to the cloth, (mine was flannel for a baby blanket). Then I tied it, just like a tied quilt, with yarn to match the knitted side and tied on the cloth side. I hope that helps.

    Thank you for the link to the BAL. I think I'll check it out. Freezing rain, snow and sleet here in Washington DC where I'm still visiting my daughter. It's much warmer at home in Washington State!

  7. Wow your blanket is looking so lovely..I love all your sweet prone to..
    Big hugs x

  8. I know what you mean it feels like you're posting the same boring projects all the time, but isn't that why we're posting? to cheer along and celebrate together! :D those hexies are looking good! And it is great to see the other piece come together too! As for the 'book' post...I'm listening to 'An Arctic Mystery' by Jules Verne. I like those oldies! (got mine from Librivox) and am also listening to 'Pilgrim's Progress' ( John Bunyan) and reading a paper book' called 'Ordinary' by Michael Horton. I always have several books on the go simultaneously, so this is the short short list ;-)


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