Wednesday, June 27, 2012

resurfacing


I'm not sure if it's because I'm less overwhelmed this time or more addicted to knitting (perhaps a bit of both!), but I've found myself itching to knit much sooner after the birth of our second kiddo. Almost immediately after coming home from the hospital, I found myself dreaming of all the knits I wanted to be working on during those late-night feedings ... and now, five weeks (eep! already?!?!) later, I'm slowly starting to carve out some knitting time in between caring for a newborn and chasing an almost-three-year-old around the house. I really thought my many hearts blanket would be perfect for this period of knitting half a row here, half a row there ... but I've lost a bit of my mojo on that one. I know that it is the sheer size of knitting a twin-size blanket that is diminishing my enthusiasm ... so what do I turn to instead? Another blanket! But this one is a baby blanket, my preferred size when it comes to knitting a blanket. You may think this is another project for our new baby boy, given its color, but think not ... this is for a dear friend that I just found is preggers and due in November. So I have plenty of time to finish, which is good, given my current knitting speed!

This project is the Lace Blocks blanket out of the book Big Needle Knit Afghans (Ravelry link). Knit on size 10 needles and using worsted weight yarn (I'm stashbusting some Caron Simply Soft in the Cool Mint colorway for this project), it really knits up pretty fast. And the pattern is one of those addicting, fun stitch patterns, where you find yourself racing to get to the next repeat. So far I'm loving it!

 

Don't forget to check out the other WIPs at TamisAmis and YarnAlong!

12 comments:

  1. Oh what a fun knit. Glad to have found your blog through the yarn along.

    ReplyDelete
  2. It looks like a ton of fun to knit. I love it. XD

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love that blue! The simply soft makes great blankets- I'm still using mine, even though it's over 5 years old.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I always use acrylic for blankets that get heavy duty use. Simply Soft is soo much nicer than Red Heart--can't believe I ever knit with Red Heart now! Hobby Lobby's I Love this Yarn is a nice, soft acrylic too.

      Delete
  4. To save you some angst with this book, here's a link you'll want to check out for the ridiculous amount of errata for this book. I bought a copy last year and was super excited about the projects, I still am ... but I'm warning you -- be prepared. The email below is what I got from the publishing house re the corrections.

    _________________________________________________________

    Thank you for your email. You can go to www.drgbooks.com and click on Pattern Services and Revisions. In the search box enter the name of the book and click on go. When a picture of the book comes up click on it and all the revisions will come up for you. I apologize this website was not referred to you with your first email.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thank you so much for this tip! I haven't encountered any errors in this pattern, but this will be helpful when I attempt other projects from this book!

      Delete
  5. You have done so much with your plate really full. I love patterns that you can't wait to finish the repeat so you can see what it looks like.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I cannot even begin to imagine how full your days must be! I'm amazed that you find the time to not only knit but to knit such complex and beautiful projects too! I love how that blanket is looking, it is going to be a beauty!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. aww, thank you! I should have mentioned in my post, but this pattern is one of those deceptive ones ... it looks sooo much more complicated than it really is. The blocks are garter stitch, and a simple combination of yarn overs and a decrease (either k2tog or ssk, depending on the repeat) create the angle of the garter stitch blocks. super easy!

      Delete
  7. that blue is just beautiful and the pattern... wow. looking forward to seeing it all done. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. How gorgeous! I can relate to the craziness of knitting with littles...I have an almost 3-year-old and a 15 month old. They sure love my knitting. = )

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, my almost three year old is fascinated by it! She keeps asking, what are you making, mama? So cute! :)

      Delete