The Thing About Babies

I'd figured out about a month ago that the log cabin blanket would be bigger than your usual baby blanket. OK, I figured it as soon as I started. The pattern is called Log Cabin Throw -- no mention of "baby" at all. But I really liked the color combination, and I'm a fan of … Continue reading The Thing About Babies

Knitting Across Generations

I didn't hesitate when my friend Jen texted to ask if I could help her daughter finish a blanket she'd knitted. She was returning to college in a couple of days and wanted to mail it off to a friend who could use some TLC from a long-distance buddy. While I didn't know what pattern … Continue reading Knitting Across Generations

When in Doubt

eleventh hour marled blanket

A few weeks ago, my friend Barbara asked for help adding an i-cord edge to the bulky seed stitch blanket she'd knit for her grandson, a first-year college student. (Purl Soho's Eleventh Hour Marled Blanket) Naturally, I was happy to help. If only it'd been so simple. After following my directions, she wasn't pleased with … Continue reading When in Doubt

Blanket Blocking

When I first started knitting -- several decades ago now -- projects were done when they came off the needles. If pieces needed to be stitched together, they were seamed and done. But more recently, I've become a blocking convert. Blocking - the process of using water and shaping to truly "finish" the piece -- … Continue reading Blanket Blocking

Wash and dry knits

Via my wonderful friend Cathie, a lesson in the resourcefulness of knitters and the durability of knitting. Picture this: Skilled attorney, frequent flyer, intrepid knitter Cathie in the airport lounge where she's passing the time during yet another Air Canada flight delay. Cup of coffee and suitcase by her side. In a perfect example of the domino … Continue reading Wash and dry knits

Surprisingly finished.

The Illusion Cube blanket is more than I thought it'd be. I knew the design was dead clever -- 56 individual hexagons, each knit to look like a cube. I knew the colors would be surprisingly lovely. Eight colors, each pair knitted twice in slightly different combination. Sure, each cube had about six ends to … Continue reading Surprisingly finished.

Coming Together Quite Nicely

Once I'd learned how to align the two-colored hexagons in the Illusion Cube blanket, the sewing together progressed pretty steadily and easily. I'd sit and sew a bit, then stuff the whole thing into my bag until the next time. I'd grab my bag when I left the house, just in case I found myself … Continue reading Coming Together Quite Nicely