Posts Tagged ‘madeline tosh’

03
Aug

FO: Baby Blanket

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, knits, life

I just wanted to share some more of the beautiful photos that Jon took of the blanket that I made for his nephew-to-be. I am so proud of how it turned out!

Like I mentioned before, I don’t do much designing. I do like planning intarsia but I’ve never stressed over stitch counts and gauge as much as I did with this project. I really wanted to make something that was personal and soft and design-savy.

My plan had a lot to do with these ideas: I hate traditional gender colors. Blue was originally for girls, after all. And I really don’t like pastels. I know that Jon’s brother and sister-in-law feel the same way so that was a good start. For babies, I much prefer bold, bright, exciting colors and stimulating patterns. Minimalism is always a must, of course.

I’ve been experimenting with more intarsia to make fun patterned knit fabics. Intarsia is pretty simple but I really like the versatility. Of course, I’m obsessed with these hand-dyed Madeline Tosh yarns! They make it even more interesting.

So this is not the last you’ve seen of my intarsia-patterned, hand-dyed knit fabrics. I’m really excited and I’m just bubbling over with ideas. I can’t wait to tell you about what I have planned.

What do you prefer for babies? Traditional pastels or bold modern patterns? Knitters, how do you feel about intarsia?

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13
Jul

I Hate Blocking and You Can Too!

Written by Sarah. Posted in baby, baby, gift, knits

I’ve been a very bad blogger. I was so proud of myself for posting regularly but last week was a real doozy. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve got tons of stuff to share with you!

Today I want to talk about blocking. I’m doing it! Aren’t you proud? I hate blocking and I never do it. Today, all of that is going to change.

The mystery present I’m working on is no longer a secret. It’s a baby blanket for Jon’s soon-to-be nephew! I’m so happy with how it’s turned out. It really needed to be blocked. It’s a bit of a mess around the edges and it looks half the size it should be. So I decided to do it. I never block anything unless I really have to and here’s why:

I’m impatient. (Side note: the idea that knitting requires patience cracks me up! Every time someone says “Oh I couldn’t knit, it takes so much patience” I just laugh. I have the patience of any average New Yorker trying to catch a cab in midtown around 5:25pm on a Tuesday while there’s a parade blocking all of 7th Avenue and it’s raining. I don’t know any knitters who are patient.)

I want to be done with projects when they’re done. I like moving on. I’m afraid that blocking will melt my stitches together or make the edges all pulled at the corners instead of just harmless curling (these things have happened to me) and I don’t want to leave my knit laying on the ironing board for three days waiting for it to dry.

And, frankly, the thought of damp wool makes me nauseous.

But I’m trying to really hone my skills and become a Knitter with a capitol K so I pledge to block everything from now on. I promise, guys.

I looked up a few videos on how to do it and put it off for about four days while I decided which method would work best. I went with steaming since there is finally an iron in my life. Of course, I didn’t have any straight pins so I used all of the safety pins in the apartment which I still think counts as half-assing the whole endeavor. Long story short, it sits on my coffee table drying this instant and I sit before you biting my nails.

I suppose I’ll be visited tonight by the Ghost of Elizabeth Zimmerman showing me my wrongful knitterly ways when it comes to blocking. God bless our knitting, everyone’s!

Please send my knitting some good joo joo. And any blocking tips would be appreciated, as well!

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