Thursday, May 12, 2011

Another baby blanket

Another baby boy is on the way.  The mom to be has selected Pottery Barn bedding in cream and dark brown with a touch of blue.  For the blanket I used Lion Brand Baby's First yarn color #099.  This is an acrylic cotton blend that feels good on the needles.  The pattern is very basic - checkerboard.  I used a 6 stitch border on the edges and 6 row border top and bottom in double moss stitch.  The checkerboard pattern alternated between stockinette stitch and double moss stitch.  I went to the magic world of knitting math to determine the size of the blanket and the size of the squares.  I wanted this blanket to be a good size to use in a stroller without a lot of excess fabric to have to tuck in around baby.  It is about 28" by 28".  Enjoy special new little one!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby Blankets Everywhere

So many babies are coming into our world in the next few months.  It is a joy to create a blanket for each of them.  This mother to be selected a beautiful Fossil bag as her diaper bag.  Using Spud and Chloe all cotton yard from The Woolie Ewe (1301 Custer Road, Plano, TX - the web site is down) I matched the colors of the bag as closely as possible.  Now, what to do with all the colors? Since this is for a baby boy, I wanted it to look like a boy! Patchwork of course!  In this design each square is a different pattern.  I took ideas from basic stitches and from the book Fearless Knitting.  While I did write down the pattern, it needs a little fine tuning - little adjustments I made while working on this blanket.

Basically, here is how this went together.  Three panels of four squares were knit first.  Then the three panels were joined by picking up and knitting two panels together.  I picked up stitches along both edges then used a double needle bind off to join.  After the three panels were joined, the border was added down each side, then across the top and bottom.

The baby shower is this weekend.  I cannot wait to see the new mom's face when she opens her new diaper bag and matching blanket!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So much yarn. . .

. . .so little time.  That is my mantra for knitting.  I have lots of fabulous yarn, lots of wonderful patterns, and a bunch of ideas in my head.  All it takes is time.  I have had a couple of creations and have put one or two things up on Etsy under the shop name Caught Napping.  Here is one of my favorites.

Here is the story:  I had a pattern for a scarf.  Great pattern.  There were 4 stitch combinations: brick, block, moss, and eyelet.  I had a wonderfully soft skein of Berroco's Comfort.  Perfect.  When I finished the scarf, it was about 30 inches long.  That is not very long in scarf world.  It lay in the drawer for months.  The other day I had a light bulb moment:  Sew it into a circle for a cowl!  I added one twist and it drapes so pretty like in the picture.  I am going to make another just like it - only this time on purpose!

A few years back, knitting became a simple craft that became a passion. From scarves to much more complicated patterns, knitting is a way to decompress after a day at work, a way to express my creative side, and a way to give part of myself through knitted gifts. I hope you enjoy this blog!