All is Quiet on the Eastern Front

5.22.2014

Hello All, long time no blog post.  Wish I had a really fun excuse to relate, like I inherited a chunk of cash and ran away to join the circus.  Sparkly leotards at last! Instead my May has contained a heap load of pattern testing related sewing, combined with more than the usual amount of weekends way from the sewing sweatshop. Usual being zero, hermits gonna stay close to the old hermitage else some other hermit takes over your turf. "I'm the hermit in these parts, See!"  While I'm super happy to be on the pattern testing circuit, it does make for a lack of bloggy content in the short term. I've tried to talk Froggie into sewing some outfits for me, but he seems content to nap in a fabric box instead. Guess that's what you get when you pay in M&M's.

However, I do have a knitting related FO to show off, it's the Ukrainian Tiles Afghan. - Rav pattern link for those of you who also knit.
This baby sat in the UFO pile for years cause I hate knitting seed stitch.  LOVE looking at it, but hate, hate hate knitting it. Guess what all those borders are?  Yup seed stitch and that really annoying color work that doesn't make a pattern.
Past me had actually done a pretty good job motoring through the first couple sides. All that remained was the final short end to knit.  It was time to buckle down, put on a few episode of  "Fringe" and crank this baby out. Good old Walter kept me amused and the blanket was finished just before the warm weather broke. Thank the lord, cause I don't consider sweating under a half knitted blanket a character building experience
The yarn used is Berroco "Comfort" Chunky weight, which is a fairly nice Acrylic/Nylon blend. The hand of this stuff is soft, without that annoying squeakiness of cheap Acrylic yarn.  While wool will always be my favorite fiber, sometimes it's nice to have something you can just throw in the washer. Say if your toddler decides to wipe 2 T worth of peanut butter over the sofa instead of eating it. Not that I would know what's that like or anything.  So hooray for finally finishing old UFO's that were wasting away in a dark corner of some room. Now I can throw another box of fabric there....I kid, I kid...maybe.
Some of my super secret sewing was for 2 new Bluegingerdoll patterns which will be released this coming Monday the 26th.  Soon I'll have some pretty new garments to show you soon.  Huzzah!

Now excuse me, I gotta hide this afghan where husband can't find it. Otherwise it will join all the other hand knit afghans as padding for the futon.  Sniff, sniff, can't I just keep one for my knees in the depths of winter?

29 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful blanket! Kudos to you for finishing it! I hope you get to enjoy using it!

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  2. Beautiful!

    You know - I'm the exact same way. Can NOT stand to work seed stitch. However, I love to do ribbing. Whaaaaa? Somehow if the works get shifted by one stitch, I lose all interest . . .

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  3. www.tresbienensemble.comMay 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    HOLY MOLY! That is a crazy impressive amount of knitting! I hope it's as cozy and delightful to snuggle in as it looks!

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  4. It's beautiful! I'm so impressed the past and present you did all that work. Wow wow wow.

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  5. That is a beautiful blanket!! Definitely worthy of being a FO, so glad you got it finished. :-)

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  6. Super impressed! Awesome!

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  7. That is awesome!

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  8. I am in total awe! That afghan is gorgeous!

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  9. This is fantastic! What a lovely blanket! Now keep that dirty Des away from it! Back, boy, stay back!!!!

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  10. beautiful blanket!

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  11. I've missed YOOOUUUUU! This is gorgeous and hats off for knitting an afghan. I'm doing good if I get through a sweater.

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  12. What a lovely afghan! I consider knitting somewhat akin to voodoo (interesting, but probably not for me), although I love the idea of having blankets I've made about the place. I suppose I could crochet them, but let's not rush into things here...

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  13. I've enjoyed watching snippets of this make on IG, and now here it is in all its gorgeous glory, all finished. This is stunning Heather! No way should it be relegated to futon padding or toddler peanut butter wiper. This one should be all yours. Aren't adults allowed to have a favourite blanket as well? It's just gorgeous.

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  14. Thanks Renee. Right now my son is getting a lot of use out of it by pretending to be a ghost. :)

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  15. Thanks Gail. LOL, can't say I feel any different about ribbing than seed stitch. But it's better to like doing it than not.

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  16. Thanks Michelle, Happily the knitting was so spread out that I don't really remember how long it look. I'll be happy to use it next winter, that's for sure. :)

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  17. Thanks Gillian! I do want to knit a little color work again after getting this one done. Maybe a sweater would be a little more manageable this time.

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  18. Aww thanks, that brown and teal color combo make me happy when I see it.

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  19. Thanks Debbie. Now I need a new blanket to knit! OK, maybe not just yet with summertime temps arriving.

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  20. Thanks Sian. I've found blanket knitting to be strangely addictive.

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  21. Thank you Heather. That center tile design really made me want to knit this. It's so lovely.

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  22. Thanks Sonja. I'll get froggie to pull out the can of Desmond repellent. It smells like vegetables. ;)

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  23. Thank you Margo. Seed Stitch, it lures us in with it's beauty and then slaps us across the face!

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  24. Thank you Lisa. Finished just in time for hot weather. ;)

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  25. Thank you Corrinne. it's probably the biggest piece of colorwork I've done, but with only 2 colors it wasn't too bad. :)

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  26. Awww I miss you too. Hope you're having fun with the camp kiddos. Now a days its taking me forever to knit anything as well. That whole having to sit down and do it is such a pesky detail.

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  27. Thanks Lori. :) Colorwork did take me some practice but it's so satisfying to finish.

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  28. Thanks Laura. It's good to have some hobbies you're not interested in actually trying so you don't go broke. :) If you ever do want to crochet a blanket than there are several lovely patterns in that book this afghan came from.

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  29. Thank you Andrea. I should stake my claim on the blanket and hiss at anyone who tries to take it from me. Mine! Toddlers teach you that real well. hee hee

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