Thursday, June 19, 2014

Halfway, maybe

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There are fifty-two of these now, which seems like about halfway to a blanket.  So much yarn still remains.

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I know I could’ve worked these squares all together in long strips, like scarves, and then just had the long seams to join at the end, but this way I get that frisson of accomplishment each time one gets bound off.  They stay manageable, they fit in my purse, they take an hour.  It’s the little things. 

I was going to make a jersey skirt today, with instructions from this book.  I’ve been meaning to make that skirt forever, but every time I look at the pattern and see again all the math and measuring, and even though I assume it will be easy enough once I get going, and even though I’m not even going to do all that wonderful reverse applique but am just wanting a plain old brown knit skirt (to keep the drafts out while I wear the hippie tablecloth skirt over it) I keep putting it off.  Tomorrow, I’ll do it; I’ll do the math and measure myself, and I’ll track down my ball-point machine needles, and I’ll persuade Miss K to sew jersey knit fabric again.  She’ll do it, she’s a good egg. 

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  1. Is that how you sew knits? Ball point needles? I've never sewn knits because I thought you needed one of those serger machines. I must admit I don't wear a lot of knits but if I knew how to sew them I might! LOL!
    I love your squares for your future blanket...so pretty! I love stripes and now that I've learned the hard way, that you do not cut the yarn each time you change colors, I might be tempted to try this again. I love those stripes!

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    1. That's how I do it, yep. I use a narrow zigzag, one or sometimes two ball point needles, and no pressure on the foot. It works pretty well. :)

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  2. All your squares look great, you have got a lot now! I hope that you can track down those needles and get some sewing done! xx

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  3. I love all the colour combinations in your squares. It will be a beautiful blanket - can't wait to see it finished.

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  4. I think the end product is going to be amazing - more than you think. It will all be in the border choice I reckon. Keep 'em coming. Jo x

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  5. I adore your stripy squares, that is going to be one special blanket!! I agree that there is a great satisfaction is completing each small component, and somehow the overall task seems more doable. Also they look gorgeous all piled together like that! Julie x

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  6. I think squares have far more character than scarf style strips. Such gorgeous piles of yarny goodness :-) I love how the colours are coming together. Enjoy making your skirt. I'm intrigued by the mention of your hippy tablecloth skirt...I will now go-a-searching for it :-)
    Tracey xxx

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  7. Lovely squares, it's going to be a fantastic blanket. I hope you manage to find the right needle and get the skirt done, that hippy skirt deserves to be worn!

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  8. Hi Kirsten, second time I stop by your blog. I went back through your older posts and I just love the quilts you have made. The use of color and pattern I could not even plan. I think they are quilts that say wrap yourself in me and carry me around!! LOL !

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  9. Hello, I am new to your blog and what a lot of lovely things you have made! I love your scarlet quilt such a beauty! I understand you cannot stop looking at it! I have not got any further than about four squares but my plan is to make something quilt-like at one point. I will definitely come back here. Anna

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  10. It´s very interesting work......I love it :-)

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  11. So so want to make a knitted blanket just like this.......yours is gonna look just amazing when its all sewn up. x

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  12. I can totally understand why it's more satisfying to work the little squares. Ongoing instant gratification is important when working big projects. They look great!

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  13. Great project! I love to start a blanket project, either knit or crocheted, but I want to finish my "old" projects over the summer...great idea right? Hetty from www.stonehouseworkshop.com

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  14. I'm at the stage where I need to finish some projects before starting any more. But I have so many in my head just waiting to start!

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  15. oh my! these are SO HAPPY! they would make a deee-lightful garland...just sayin. :)

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  16. une bonne idee! eine gute Idee! Отличная идея- я собираюсь делать то же самое!

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  17. Oh wow I love all the little squares ... So happy as you say ... The small accomplishments that make one big happy one some day :) in the mean time it's fun to have one hour of happy everyday. I'm sure it will look fantastic :)?ive been moving not accomplishing much ... Trying to be happy also with the little moment :)

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  18. Hi Kristen is the yarn self stripped or r u so tripping as you go ? And what kind of yarn r u using ?

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    1. I'm striping as I go, and some of it is also self-striping (crazy!) It is all sock yarn, leftovers from my decade or so of knitting socks. You wouldn't believe there would be enough leftovers for a blanket, but there are probably enough for two blankets. I made a lot of socks. :)

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  19. I love it, how many stitch and rows? for my future project.

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    1. I'm working 35 stitches and 35 rows, on US 4 needles.

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  20. What size are your squares? Also, tell me more about not cutting yarn as you change colors. I need to know about this technique. I have scrap yarn that I would love to knit into a hodge podge blanket.

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    1. I'm just carrying the unused color up the side of the square as I go. The more rows it carries, the bigger the loop at the edge, but that should be hidden in the seam when I sew them all together at the end. More info to come when I've finished the project. :)

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    2. Sounds easy enough! Thanks for the reply!

      Dawn

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