Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I'm really happy with it--I hope my brother and sis-in-law like it too. It's one of those projects that I was invested in enough that I've been carrying it around with me the last few days. I left it at work accidentally today and I actually kind of miss it.
I just (finally) finished this blanket for my as-yet-to-be-determined niece or nephew, done just in time for the baby shower on Saturday. It's my slightly sloppier version of Knitty's Wild Stripes. I used Lion's Brand Cotton Ease which I kind of heart a lot. It's approximately 40 inches by 40 inches. The backing fabric is named something, I'm sure, and I just used DMC floss to blanket stitch around the outside and quilt through both layers. The knitting was easy, the finishing took for-ev-er, and I may need a tetanus shot after stabbing myself about a dozen times while working the embroidery needle. But overall, I'm pretty happy with it. It's a bit heavy for an everyday blanket, but will be just perfect to lay out on the floor for a cushy play space.
Sorry for blah-blah-blahing so much, and thanks for looking!
Good shot of the colors:
Rolled to show the fabric and some of the stitching:
WHat size did you make and how many balls did you use?
I made the 3 year old size. I'm not sure exactly, but I'd estimate that I used 3ish balls of the darker pink color, about 1 of the white, and less than 1 each of both the yellows and the light pink. It's hard to say for sure because it's a part stash, part new yarn sweater.
I made this sweater using Cecilia from Knitty as my general pattern. I changed it by running the stitch pattern from the top of the body throughout the entire sweater. I also made the sleeves a bit longer and added ribbing around the neck and cuffs. The yarn is Tahki Cotton Classic, one of my favorite yarns. The colors are Tahki's brand of peach, pink, baby yellow, bright yellow, and white. I was initially afraid it was ugly, but after some reassurance, it grew on me. I picked up the buttons at Joann's--they cost half as all the yarn, but they looked so perfect I decided to splurge. The sweater is going to the daughter of my school's career advisor. It was originally supposed to be one of two (for her and her new baby sister), but I think little sis is going to get matching booties instead. I'm happy with the result here, but I have no desire to weave in a billion ends ever again.
My machine is an old Singer 15-91. I don't have any sort of foot attachment. Does that mean I should skip trying to machine quilt? My hand quilting is a little sucky. I definitely want to get better at it, but I'd also like to try some machine quilted projects. Should I just keep at the hand quilting (or go for ties or buttons) until I can splurge on a newer machine?
So pretty! Your scarf actually inspired me to make my own Danica in SWS. I think I ended up with the same color. I love how entrelac knits up so fast and easy. I've found that I haven't had to do anything special to make the color changes happen where they should. It looks so complicated for something that's actually really easy!
Thanks everyone! I'm so proud of this sweater--I've been wearing it around the last two days saying, "Do you like my sweater? I made it!" I don't usually advertise my knit goods, but this is really a proud accomplishment for me!
The zipper was not a big deal at all. It's the second sweater I've made with a zipper. I just pinned it in place and then back stitched down the middle and whip stitched on the edge. The hardest part is finding the right color and length!
I think this pattern doesn't get a fair shake because it looks boxy and short in the pictures. But if you look at the schematics, you can see that it actually has shaping and a pretty trim fit. Plus, it's all worked in one piece, so there's no finishing! I decided to not put in a hood because I happened to try it on when the collar was at that length and it looked good. Plus, I didn't want to cover the detail of the back...and I was anxious to finish!
Thanks again y'all, and sorry for my ramblings. I'm just so gush-y about this project!
I've been working on BPT for the better part of this past semester, so my goal was to finish before spring classes started tomorrow. Color me successful. This sweater is my favorite project of all time. The pattern was pretty easy but still clever. The cables turned out great. After blocking, it fits so *perfectly* that I can't hardly stand it. I'm so proud! It's my 5th sweater, but the first I am absolutely thrilled with!
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool (love this yarn!), less than 6 (?) skeins (which means this sweater cost less than $35!) Color: Chestnut Brown Needles: US 6 Pattern: BPT Size: medium Changes: no hood
Thanks for the nice words everyone. If you haven't made the So-Called scarf, go for it! Such nice results for such a simple pattern. I just got some Manos del Uruguay today and plan to make another one, despite the fact that I'm a little scarfed-out. It's just that, when I look at beautiful yarn, this is the best pattern I can think of to show it off.
I absolutely LOVE your so-called scarf. It is just beautiful! Can I ask you a specific question? How many skeins of Lions Brand landscapes did you use, and what was the approximate final size of your scarf (length/width)?
I am a TERRIBLE at estimating how much yarn I will need to complete projects, and then it takes forever for me to finish and I am always stuck with either extra yarn that I can't return, or not enough and then I play the different dye-lot matching game.
Well, the scarf is about 7 feet 2 inches, and about 5 inches wide. I did try to steam block it a bit, and I know that's what made it so long. Before blocking it was probably 6ish feet. As for the amount of yarn I used, I'm really not sure. I'm pretty sure it was around 5 or 6 balls though. I spliced all my ends as I went along, and when I tried to go back to find them, they blended in so nicely that I couldn't. But 5 or 6 balls sounds about right.
My goal over Christmas break is to get WIP-less. I've still got a sweater and a Clapotis to go before next Tuesday, but considering that these two scarves were literally years in the making, I'm feeling pretty accomplished.
Basketweave Scarf from SNB Nation and My So-Called Scarf:
The yarn for the Basketweave is Patons Canadiana, which I hated until I washed it. It came out of the dryer so soft and fluffy that I actually took it along to my finals for comfort. The My So-Called Scarf (pattern here) is in Lions Brand Landscapes. It's a beautiful wool yarn, which can be a rare find at Hobby Lobby. Too bad my Hobby Lobby stopped carrying it. If I may say, this scarf may be one of the most beautiful things I've ever made. Too bad it's attributable to the yarn and pattern instead of me.
And, an earflap hat:
Nothing really fancy, but I did use a provisional cast-on for the flaps so that they wouldn't have that picked-up stitches seam. And, as always, I put the stripe too high.