A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: If you see a project that you think is awesome and deserves to be a featured project, you can click the THIS ROCKS button to nominate it!
Total Members: 299,151
Currently Running With Scissors:
663 Guests and 16 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 14
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Aran Tree of Life baby afghan :)  (Read 58673 times)
Tags for this thread: craftster_best_of_2008 , tree_of_life , blanket , featured_project  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
Buglady
Offline Offline

Posts: 267
Joined: 14-Jun-2005

Herding cats & chasing beads


View Profile WWW
« on: February 11, 2008 10:28:58 PM »

This is actually my first baby blanket. I've been knitting for ages - mainly socks and other small portable projects - but never had enough lead time for a blankie Smiley However, our neighbors kindly let us know several months ago that they were expecting, and yesterday their beautiful baby girl was born.

They have just redone their house in a very classic Mission style, with lots of natural wood and such. I really couldn't see them going for the standard pink-for-girls, blue-for-boys schtick, so I went with an Aran style.





I used Sirdar Denim Chunky and kind of made the pattern up as I went. Freeform cables are fun, although I do think one side of the tree is a bit bushier than the other! The leaves are knitted separately and sewn on. Finished size is about 30x36".

I think if I do anything like this again I will use something other than moss stitch for the border, as it got a bit wavy, but overall I am really happy with it. Hope the neighborinos like it too! Smiley
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Bead Bugs, suncatchers & unique jewellery - www.theartfulsalamander.com
New Etsy shop! www.theartfulsalamander.etsy.com
Icemommy
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008 10:32:29 PM »

That's gorgeous. What needles (or otherwise) do you use for something that width?
THIS ROCKS   Logged
RockstarMom
Missing my crafting time
Offline Offline

Posts: 1417
Joined: 08-Aug-2007

Shhhhh.... I'm using glue!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008 10:34:52 PM »

THIS ROCKS!

I just favorited this. Grin I want one in my size!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Spring semester is kicking my butt.
craftywillow
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008 10:35:37 PM »

Wow...just....wow.   Shocked You made that pattern up?  It's gorgeous!  What a beautiful gift.
THIS ROCKS   Logged
carmina1
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008 10:36:32 PM »

FANTASTIC!
THIS ROCKS   Logged
queensqueeze
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008 10:40:23 PM »

That is truly beautiful. Almost makes you want to have a baby...almost  Wink (my baby is 10)
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Buglady
Offline Offline

Posts: 267
Joined: 14-Jun-2005

Herding cats & chasing beads


View Profile WWW
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008 10:53:00 PM »

That's gorgeous. What needles (or otherwise) do you use for something that width?

Thanks! I forgot to say, I used a circular needle in 5mm size. I do almost all my flat knitting on circulars; because I learned on socks, I've never gotten the hang of long single point needles and I end up flailing dangerously Tongue (I can manage short sp's for things like scarves or dishcloths, but not the normal-length ones!).
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Bead Bugs, suncatchers & unique jewellery - www.theartfulsalamander.com
New Etsy shop! www.theartfulsalamander.etsy.com
Buglady
Offline Offline

Posts: 267
Joined: 14-Jun-2005

Herding cats & chasing beads


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008 10:56:15 PM »

Wow...just....wow.   Shocked You made that pattern up?  It's gorgeous!  What a beautiful gift.

Thanks! Cables are really a LOT easier than they look, and I like doing things freeform. (Translation: I have ADHD and can't read patterns anyway, heh).

I know I didn't come up with the idea on my own - I remember seeing a freeform Aran tree somewhere on the Interwebs, possibly on Knitty, but I couldn't find it when I searched, so then I made it up from there.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Bead Bugs, suncatchers & unique jewellery - www.theartfulsalamander.com
New Etsy shop! www.theartfulsalamander.etsy.com
blithe314
Messy Haired Mommy
Offline Offline

Posts: 224
Joined: 24-Feb-2007


View Profile WWW
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008 10:57:40 PM »

I don't think I could say anything that would convey the amount of awe I'm having that you not only knitted this gorgeous gift, but also free-formed it.  Congratulations on a project well done.  I'm sure your neighbors will be touched and amazed at such a thoughtful present.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Buglady
Offline Offline

Posts: 267
Joined: 14-Jun-2005

Herding cats & chasing beads


View Profile WWW
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008 10:58:36 PM »

That is truly beautiful. Almost makes you want to have a baby...almost  Wink (my baby is 10)

Hee. I like my plan of borrowing other people's babies and kidlets to play with them and knit for them - then give them back when they get tired  Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Bead Bugs, suncatchers & unique jewellery - www.theartfulsalamander.com
New Etsy shop! www.theartfulsalamander.etsy.com
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 14 Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Crochet an iPad Case
How to Arrange a Nativity Scene
How to Build a Bookcase
How to Build a Bunk Bed
How to Build a Marble Roller Coaster
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Embellished Guest Towels
Handmade Gift Ideas: Hostess Gift
Handmade Gift Ideas: Mini Book Jewelry

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.