Category Archives: Blankets & Afghans

Shaimani’s Blanket

Lately I find myself knitting more baby things than expected. My friends are popping out babies left and right.

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This particular blanket is dedicated to one of my bestest buddies. I do not need to tell her who she is. She knows how much her friendship means to me and how much I text her when I can’t find her online for my daily dose of BFF! Here’s to a healthy and wonderful baby, my friend. I love you, girl.

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Now don’t let the fact that the sample shown here is a blanket deter you from making a scarf or shawl out of this stitch pattern. I think it would make a beautiful stole! Just cast on any multiple of 15 stitches plus 11 and follow the pattern.

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I would say this pattern is intermediate since it has cables and lace. The pattern includes written instructions and a chart. You can use either.

Shaimani’s Blanket

  • Source: Rosi G. (Purchase it on Ravelry – $5.00)
  • Finished Size: 33″ x 36″
  • Yarn: worsted weight, 645 yds, (shown here in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 3 skeins)
  • Color: Antique Lace
  • Needles: US 7
  • Gauge: 4 sts and 6 rows in st st on US 7
  • Total Project Cost: $19.41
  • Started: May 29, 2009
  • Finished: June 28, 2009

WIP Update

Wednesday morning, I was at the train station waiting and I pulled out my scarf to knit on. This woman sitting next to me says, “You know, I’ve seen you on the train knitting all the time. You inspired me to sign up for a knitting class in my building! It looks so relaxing!” I said “YOU DID??? THAT’S GREAT!!!” I asked her what building and it ended up being that she’s taking the class at Stitches East on 53rd. That convo made my day. I felt so happy to have inspired someone to actually start to knit!

WIP Update

I’m working steadily on all my WIPs and finishing lots of things lately. I have that Dreaded Yarn Diet, ya know!

DSCF0320I started a new project yesterday: a scarf from the Elizabeth I series. This is the Town & Country one. Very easy. It’ll be a xmas gift.

ReeseDouble Flower ClothHere is a Multidirectional scarf that I started for my boss’s hubby for xmas (she has no kids so I decided to make him something instead. She’s always very generous to me and my kids during the holidays.) Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted
I started the Double Flower Washcloth (thanks, Theresa!). I’m ready to continue it and fly through it on circs but it’s the same size needle as the scarf! LOL Yarn: Tahki Willow
Lady EleanorNegative Bricks Socks (2)I think I mentioned before that I’m doing a Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style KAL with Jeanine. Yarn: Patons SWS

I started the legs of the Negative Bricks socks and didn’t like how the pattern was making the leg not-stretchy enough. So these will be regular old stockinette socks now w/maybe a cute ribbing at top. Probably Mistake Rib cuz ya’ll know how I love me some Mistake Ribbing!!! Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot
Unfinished Fetching (2)Seamless HybridThe Fetchings are still unfinished only because of the yarn situation (I ran out of the original yarn). I really don’t feel like ripping back on the finished one to use another yarn to finish both. WAAAAAAAAAH! Yarn: Tahki New Tweed

The Seamless Hybrid is slowly chugging along. I’m not too fast on stockinette in size 6 needles apparently!!!!! Yarn: Dale of Norway Sisik

Baby KimonoUnderwater AfghanAnother thing I don’t enjoy doing is too much garter. I dunno WHY I haven’t finished this Baby Kimono, really! Maybe I’ll try to finish it this weekend. Yarn: Cascade Pima Tencel
Let’s not even talk about the Underwater Baby Afghan. Still at the same point from months ago. Yarn: Patons Plymouth Encore

Well, that’s my WIP update. I HAVE been finishing a bunch of things as ya’ll know so I don’t feel too bad about those last two UFO’s. They’ll get done…eventually!

Photo Shoot!

I’ve been busy! Can ya tell? I want to start so many new projects that I thought it’d be important to finish off some of those WIPs I’ve had sitting on my bars.

First up: the Portland Pullover from IK Fall 2006. I’m not crazy about the fit. It’s definitely for one of those super cold days when you want to wear something OVER your turtleneck. Plus it’s mohair…and it’s NOT Suri Dream so it’s scratchy as all get out. Last time I use La Gran Mohair for a garment.

Portland Pullover - Front Portland Pullover - Back

Totally TubularNext up: Totally Tubular! I had this thing sitting in my WIP pile for almost a year now! I needed to get it OFF my list! I think it was the oldest WIP…either that or the freakin fleck socks! It’s OBVIOUSLY not meant for me as it doesn’t fit! HA! It was meant for another friend who got sort of distant so I scratched that idea and offered it to my Comadre (Gian’s Godmother) Auris. I showed it to her unfinished, she liked it, so it gave me some inspiration to finish it. Once I present it to her I’ll post a pic of her wearing it as it will look much nicer on her petite form.

Finished Baby HoodieDiagonal Baby BlanketHere’s the Baby Hoodie all assembled now! Thanks to the tips from the Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques. Also, Gian modelling the Diagonal Baby Blanket that I never got to post a proper picture of.

My So Called ScarfModelling LaurenA new pic of My So Called Scarf. And finally a pic of me modelling (COUGH) Lauren’s Clapotis. 😀

BTW: Necia had asked in a comment if I’d made any mods to the Clapotis. The only mod I made was that I did two less repeat of Section 2 increases. I did all 13 repeats of the straight section. Once I block it, we’ll know what size it REALLY is!