Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Pinwheel blanket panic!

Pinwheel blanket panic!
Originally uploaded by a-chan.
This is an old story now because the blanket has already been gifted. But I need to tell it.

At what point do you frog a couple of lines?? I passed over a couple of mistakes, mainly just yarn overs I forgot to do. Easily fixed.

Then I got the great idea to do an eyelet row. I didn't really know what I was doing, so I made the mistake of thinking I could just do a yarn over every other stitch and then knit two together the next row... Sad to say that I was wrong. It was a mess. 400 stitches that had to be frogged and then picked back up again.

To make this worse, I picked the worst time to do the ripping... In the car, when there was only 10 minutes till our destination. I took this picture when we stopped. I folded the darn thing up and shoved it in my too small knitting bag (yeah, that ugly plaid thing in the picture).

Then, I chose another bad time to pick up the stitches... on the Max on the way to work in the morning.

I'm happy to say that I did recover all the stitches and went on to successfully do two eyelet rows. I'm very proud of myself. What makes it better is that the gift was appreciated.

Now, I found out that another cousin is having another child, so that's 3 maybe 4 blankets I have to knit, instead of 2 maybe 3. Then again, I'm not sure if I want to be around 3 pregnant women.... but I'm a little jealous....

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Pinwheel, Pinwheel spinning around*

Originally uploaded by a-chan.
I love this pattern. I'm too lazy to get the link for you, but it's so much fun to knit. I was getting a bit bored with it, so I threw in some eyelet rows. I'm going to knit this again, but in different colors. I might use the same yarn.. It's just Red Heart Soft yarn... and darn, it's soft compared to regular Red Heart. It also washed decently, so I dont' have to worry about how well it wears.

I'm planning a red and white blanket for my cousin's baby (that might or might not be twins..) So then I'd have to knit a second one.. maybe blue and white or red and black or just different stripe patterns between the two? hmm... Plus, my sis-in-law might be expecting again... so I'd do one for her. Exciting stuff!

*Title for this post is taken from an old little kid's show. All I can remember is the opening song and that there was this pinwheel spining on the screen that always made me sick..


Originally uploaded by a-chan.
I knit this little guy for a friend's baby. It's been a couple of months since the baby shower, but my sis-in-law kindly gave me this picture recently so I could post it. The eyes are a little lopsided, but I guess that's okay. The body of the bunny is actually a really cute green that didn't turn out well in the picture. I was going to knit some more of these guys with this yarn, but I can't seem to find it anymore. He's really soft!