Monday, September 12, 2011

Summer blanket wrap-up part two

WARNING!  Rant in progress!  Just need to vent a bit about this yarny mess and then all will be forgotten.
Can you believe this??  Two blocks just let go after everything was blocked and sewn together.  When I found it, I think I just stared at it for a few minutes like a dummy. To say I was mad is a gross understatement.  I have been fighting with this yarn since the very first granny , but I was determined to finish, since I spent the money and then put in the time.  So I performed minor surgery using a different yarn, and I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that it holds together!
I was attracted to this yarn because of it's pretty saturated colors.  It's also very soft, but almost too soft.  The blocks were very floppy, and even after everything was blocked, they seemed to not hold their shape.  Maybe this yarn would be better for knitting garments?  I don't know, I'm not a knitter.  When I had to pull out a mistake the yarn was always tangled on itself, and I was constantly backing my hook out because it was soooo splitty.  Two stitches forward, one stitch back. Grrrrrrr.  I had made up several names in my head for this blanket as I was going along...... Fight Club blanket, TheBlanketThat ShallNotBeNamed blanket, The Hot Mess blanket,  blah blah blah.
Anyway, it's done.  I tried to use up every bit of yarn, because I never want to see it again, so I put tassels on the short ends and now I kinda like it.  Reminds me of vanilla confetti cupcakes like the ones here .
Might as well get a good look.  The minute my son uses this blanket and sticks his big hairy toe in one of the holes it will be all over.
The pattern is  from Dutch Girl Diary.  I love her blanket, and just because I want this to work sooo badly, I'm making it again in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes as Erin suggested.  The heathered colors are beautiful AND it just slides on the hook and doesn't fight back!! SOLD : )

On a more positive note-  Happy Birthday to my friend Darla.  Hope you like your present!!
On other bloggy news... check out the incredible giveaway on Little Woolie.  What a beautiful cushion!  Also The Sunroom reminds us that it is International Crochet Day with suggestions and links!  Have a great week!

6 comments:

  1. Hi Lynn. Sounds like this one was an adventure. It is quite stunning to look at though. And what a lovely gift for your friend. Crochet dishcloths are my absolute favorite. Off to check out the give away at Little Woolie. Thanks for sharing the link. Wishing you a happy week. :)

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  2. Hello Lynn,
    I love your blanket...The colors and the white are so wonderful all together:)
    Angie

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  3. Hello! Your rant made me laugh but I can imagine how frustrating that must have been. The blanket does look great though. I was telling my daughter the other day not to stick her (non-hairy) toes through my blanket! Great minds think alike!
    I know what you mean about soft and floppy yarn. I bought some delicious stuff yesterday and decided to make a blanket but after one square I changed my mind and have embarked upon a scarf instead. The square had no guts to it if that makes sense.
    Anyway, still like your blanket, don't let anyone near it!
    x

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  4. Oh dear, I just hate it when the process isn't any fun. Of course, your finished blanket is beautiful, and I'm sure it can withstand the hairy teenage toes. Soft and floppy will be excellent qualities in a blanket, now that it's off your hook. I can second the recommendation of KnitPicks WOA. That's a great yarn, you'll LOVE it. Good job hanging in there and getting it done. :)

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  5. I love that blanket - another one to go on my never ending to do list! The yarn does look incredibly soft, just perfect for snuggling up with. xx

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