Color Block Blanket Madness

August 10, 2011

Over a year and a half ago I started designing a blanket. I had never knit a blanket before and since I’m a little intimdated by large projects, I thought knitting a bunch of small squares would make it easier on me. And then I remembered that I hate sewing and weaving in ends. So, this sat untouched on a shelf for over a year. A few weekends back I finally got so sick of looking over and seeing them sitting on the shelf that I pulled them out and started sewing them together.

Color Block Blanket

And then I put the pattern on Ravelry and it exploded! I had over 250 downloads on the first day alone and have gotten some pretty fantastic feedback from people saying how much they love it. The pattern has been up for a little over 2 full days now and I’ve reached over 335 favorites and 411 downloads!

I’m a little mystified because I built up so much angst about this project that I grew to kind of hate it. It’s made with Wool of the Andes Bulky from KnitPicks. I started this back when I was still knitting at a VERY tight guage so if you decide to give it a try, you might want to go down at least one needle size. The nice thing about this pattern is the versatility. You can make as many (or as few) squares as you want in order to make a whole range of sizes and you can substitute pretty much any color or yarn. If I were to make this again (which I doubt I ever will), I would use a machine-washable yarn.

This is mainly what I’ve been up to this summer:

Phase 5

It’s been a huge learning experience. Mainly I’ve learned that landscaping is really hard work and that I wouldn’t have a clue what to do or how to do it without the much appreciated help of my mom and dad. There is still so much to do, but I feel like I’m finally able to see where it’s going and what it’s going to look like.

Since my last post, I finished several knitted projects as well.

I completed two pair of felted slippers (knit long ago and finally felted this summer). The first are French Press Felted Slippers done Maryjane style in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (colorway = Winter’s Night).

Felted Mary Janes

The second are Felted Loafer Slippers in Wool of the Andes Bulky (colorways = Blackberry & Scuba).

Felted Loafers

Then I made some Skew Socks in Knit Picks Felici (colorway = Rainbow).

Rainbow Skew Socks

These were super fun to make and accomplished my knitting goal by being my first pair of toe-up constructed socks. The heels are so cool!

Rainbow Skew Socks

I made another Baby Surprise Jacket in Knit Picks Merino Style (colorways = Vanilla & Petite Four). After 2 unsuccessful attempts, I managed to improvise a hood, which I think turned out very well. It went to my friend’s Joe and Ashley who are expecting this fall.

BSJ Hoodie

With the leftover yarn from the hoodie, I made some Baby Booties for my cousin Heidi who just had a little girl at the end of last month.

Baby Booties

My favorite project was my Stripe Study shawl in Knit Picks Palette (colorways = Black & Marble Heather). It took me forever because I kept getting bored with the miles and miles of garter stitch, but it was totally worth it.

Stripe Study Shawl

It’s nice and warm but really lightweight. I’ve been wearing it almost every day at work because my company overdoes the A/C to an extreme.

Stripe Study Shawl

And finally, I used my Blue Moon Silkie Socks that Rock (my first time with this yarn and it was wonderful) for a Helix Scarf. The color is “Titania” and it’s so pretty!

Helix Scarf

I feel like I didn’t get a good picture that really shows how beautiful the yarn is. The ruffle is kind of fun and it looks neat all rolled up too.

Helix Scarf

Hopefully I’ll get a little better at updating regularly once the landscaping project is done!


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