Friday, June 17, 2011

I Should Be Studying

But instead I've decided to postpone it another half hour or so. After signing up for summer classes (three over the course of ten weeks), I've realized this is not what I want to be doing with my summer. Granted, this Saturday marks the end of the first five weeks so it is almost over. But not quite yet. And I really don't feel like developing an integrated content text set for 4th grade standards. Just don't feel like it. 

I would like to thank all of you for your comments on the Malabrigo socks. It does make me feel a little more confident that they'll be wearable. I finished the first sock last Saturday after knitting it twice (a tale for another time) and since my hands were really hurting from the little needles, I gave it a rest. This week, after some sample swatching, I cast on for a new project, the Mitered Crosses Blanket by Kay Gardiner. A project this size means, what else? New yarn!


In preparation for this project, I managed to come home with ten skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted a few weekends ago when I visited the Great Lakes Fiber Festival. I was pretty proud that that was all I came home with because I had the mindset (and cash money) to come home with way more.  


I had originally wanted to make this blanket in a machine washable yarn but once the Lamb's Pride was in, there was no going back. Last week I decided to purchase a bag of Noro (I know, right?) and while I'm not 100% crazy in love with this colorway (#215) I really wanted more muted Noro colors rather than the crazy Noro colors.


I cast on Tuesday (the day the Noro showed up) and knit up my inaugural square in three days. I've figured if I do one square a week I could possibly be done by the end of August, in time for fall. However, I'm not going to hold myself to that otherwise I'll feel the self-inflicted guilt if I don't have it done by then. I'll probably use this as a carry along project since I still have my Malabrigo socks to finish and a baby blanket for some friends that is on the needles as well.


I am trying to weave in and knit in ends as I go to spare myself the anguish of weaving in a bajillion ends when I'm ready to seam. If you look closely, there's only four ends that I wasn't able to knit in. I'm planning on making this a total of 12 squares (instead of the 10 in the pattern with the rectangles) but I guess I have enough yarn that if I really wanted, I could make this even bigger. But I don't want to get carried away just yet. 

16 comments:

  1. Andrea, it's beautiful! I so want to make one of these blankets, and your colors are lovely. I agree that the muted Noro is so soft and nice with the gray you chose.

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  2. I LOVE this! I'm sure it will be gorgeous when you're done.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful,and you should be able to do it in little sections! Perfect for your busy summer...

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  4. Hang in there. I know how you feel with Summer school and feeling like classes will never end but they do and then you will have a nice break!

    I have that pattern and some Noro Kureyon so just need the background yarn. Love the colors you selected ~

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  5. I absolutely love the colors you chose. Thank you so much for including a picture of the back. I had considered this pattern, but the problem of ends never occurred to me (doh!) Knowing me the way I do, I will probably not do this pattern now. Thank you for saving me from yet another abandoned in the back of my closet UFO. :-)

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  6. The colors are beautiful! muted Noro..there is such a thing? Seems like an oxymoron...and we are still in school until June 23..

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  7. i think the mitered crosses pattern is great. it's definitely one i'd like to try sometime.

    lovely yarn choice! a bag of noro sounds so wonderful. i always have a hard time choosing noro colors because i never know what's on the inside of the skein.

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  8. It's going to be beautiful! I really like the muted Noro for this blanket.

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  9. Wow, I think this blanket is so beautiful, I love the muted colors of the Noro up against the beautiful grey of the Lamb's Pride. Both of these yarns are a fav of mine, I bet your hands are so happy.
    Happy Saturday,
    Meredith

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  10. Andrea, this is a beautiful blanket! The colors are gorgeous! I just love this shade of grey! It's so soft and lovely with the noro!

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  11. Beautiful!! what a great combinations of colours and yarns.

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  12. The square looks really pretty! I love this pattern, your blanket will look amazing!

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  13. Ohhhh nice work picking out that noro! The colors do look kind of blah in the skein, but your square is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to see more!

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  14. Your miters are looking great!

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  15. I really like the way yarn looks. There's just something about it I really enjoy.

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