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auburnchick
05-04-2008, 12:46 PM
I finally finished the comfort throw that I made for my daughter's friend's mom...the sweet lady who recently had surgery. She'll be starting chemotherapy in a couple of weeks.

I started this last Saturday, while at a soccer tournament, and finished late last night (thanks, Lactosefree, for sticking with me in the chatroom while I finished!).

Meanwhile, I'm hoping that she will enjoy the warmth of this throw.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2257/2464001309_8948c59375.jpg

I adapted this pattern from a cabled pillow pattern in this pamphlet, adding six garter rows at the top and bottom as well as a three stitch garter border on each side:

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The pattern calls for use of the Saxon Braid, which you can find on this (http://www.angelhugs.ca/ks2.html) site. It looks difficult, but it really wasn't. Oh, sure, the rows were intense, and you really had to pay attention to the right side rows, but you were rewarded by the easier wrong side rows.

The blanket measures approximately 27"x 29". When I sit with it on my lap, it covers my legs from hips to waist. I'm short petite. So is my friend, so I think this will be perfect...especially if she wants to carry it around the house.

I used, in total, about three skeins of I Love This Yarn, Dark Raspberry. I have to return the other four skeins, since I bought eight, not knowing how many it would take. I guess this yarn has a lot of yardage.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/2424341714_f1879bf92c.jpg


I doubled the yarn, working from two skeins at a time, so I have about 1/2 of two skeins left over. I also used size 15 needles except for the cast on and bind off, in which I used size 17 needles. My original intent had been to use the 17's throughout, but the sheer size of the needles left my hands unhappy after casting on, and I also thought that my cables wouldn't "pop" out as much with the larger needles.

I never understood what people meant when they said that a pattern was intuitive. Well, now I know. Making these cables was, truly, intuitive. I knew instantly when I had made a mistake. The cable work just seemed to flow fairly easily. I knew when I was supposed to C4B or T4F.

I only had to make one major tink, and that was when I stayed up really late one night, trying desperately to keep to my self-imposed schedule of one pattern repeat per day. Row 15 ate me alive that night. It's very difficult to tink back cable work, but I did it...all the way back to row 14, where I found my mistake on the wrong side. Go figure. I fixed it, muddled through row 15, and put the blanket to bed for the night. Other than that, it flew off of my needles.
Thanks for looking! :muah:

ritaw
05-04-2008, 12:51 PM
That is beautiful . I am sure your friend will appreciate it very much and it will bring her comfort during this tough time . :)

Pat in Ca
05-04-2008, 12:58 PM
What a gorgeous gift to give!! That color is so beautiful..
Thanks for all the info on the blanket.. I have that little book , and now I am inspired to try that cable stitch.. I have seen it used on sweaters and admired it before..
Thanks for sharing!

setty09
05-04-2008, 12:58 PM
This throw looks gorgeously incredible!!!

auburnchick
05-04-2008, 01:01 PM
What a gorgeous gift to give!! That color is so beautiful..
Thanks for all the info on the blanket.. I have that little book , and now I am inspired to try that cable stitch.. I have seen it used on sweaters and admired it before..
Thanks for sharing!


Thanks, y'all! :hug:

I forgot to include this (http://bagateller.tripod.com/tips/cable.html) link and this (http://media.wendyknits.net/knit/cablelesson.htm) link for cabling without a cable needle. It made the project so much easier!

sue in canada
05-04-2008, 01:05 PM
That is beautiful, such a rich colour. I am sure it will bring great comfort to your friend.

Jan in CA
05-04-2008, 01:25 PM
That is gorgeous!!:inlove:

Knit4Fun
05-04-2008, 01:29 PM
Great work as always, my friend! She will love it and the prayers for healing that go with it... :hug:

boo1
05-04-2008, 04:04 PM
Your friend will love it. :heart:

munchkin928
05-04-2008, 04:40 PM
That is soo pretty, I love the color and all the cables look so intricate!

mwhite
05-04-2008, 05:03 PM
Beautiful work, Nathalie! I know your friend will love it! Gorgeous color!

scout52
05-04-2008, 06:51 PM
WOW that is just gorgeous!! the color is so pretty and your cables are just perfect!!!

auburnchick
05-04-2008, 08:11 PM
Thank you for the sweet comments! :muah:

I delivered the blanket to my friend...just got home, in fact.

She took one look at it, smiled, and said that she could have used it in the hospital!

I told her that she got well too quickly!

We had a really good chat. She's sat with the blanket over her legs the entire time!! Made me feel so good...cloud9

knitqueen
05-04-2008, 09:17 PM
I said it on Ravelry and I'll say it here too, it's beautiful and I'm sure your friend's mother will love it. :muah:

ah
05-04-2008, 09:17 PM
Wonderful!

Doodknitwit
05-04-2008, 09:31 PM
:happydance:

HamaLee
05-04-2008, 11:22 PM
That's lovely, and it seems like the recipient will really enjoy it. I just love the Saxon Braid. :heart:

princessbonniejane
05-04-2008, 11:28 PM
that is beautiful. I am sure she will love it. good job. I LOVE the color.

catlvr
05-04-2008, 11:44 PM
That is truly lovely, the color is perfect!! It looks like it took you months instead of only 1 week to make it. You do great work.

mks22300
05-05-2008, 12:15 AM
Wow, your throw turned out great! That's such a pretty color you used, I'm sure your friend is going to love it!

KnittingNat
05-05-2008, 01:57 AM
What a beautiful gift of support! Way to go :thumbsup:

dustinac
05-05-2008, 09:59 AM
:inlove: very pretty and it will bring her a lot of comfort :hug:

WandaT
05-05-2008, 12:00 PM
Wow! It's absolutely incredible ...

Jaxhil
05-05-2008, 06:40 PM
That is beautiful!! Such pretty cables, and the color :heart:

cam90066
05-05-2008, 07:26 PM
Great job on the cables. Yes, it's interesting how you get a sense of what looks right, what you need to do next as the pattern unfolds. Love the rich color. (Wish that yarn was avail here in SoCal as I've heard good things about it.)

Glad to hear your friend so appreciated your effort.

cam

Raeknitsnwa
05-13-2008, 10:46 AM
As always you did a great job I am sure your friend loves it the color is great and the cables look marvelous :thumbsup:

Simply_Renee
05-13-2008, 12:28 PM
OOO LA LA! I love it!

Thanks for taking the time to show the pattern, the yarn & your notes about it. I love reading about that stuff!

I haven't used that type of yarn before but did find it recently in a store.

I bet she LOVES it!

Puddinpop
05-13-2008, 03:40 PM
The cables do pop. It looks lucious. I love the color.

auburnchick
05-13-2008, 05:59 PM
Thanks, y'all!

She was so surprised when I showed up at her house and gave it to her. Her response? "I could have used this in the hospital."

:passedout:


Her daughter tried to take it from her just to feel it, and she grabbed it and said, "That's MY blanket."

:teehee:

Made it worth the effort.

Lollilulu
05-15-2008, 07:13 PM
That's just gorgeous. I bet it's comfy, too! Thanks for the link...I'll definitely be trying out some of those stitches. You did a great job.

Lima
05-15-2008, 08:36 PM
for your friend!:muah:

campbellmom549
05-15-2008, 11:23 PM
Oh, that is so beautiful! You did such a great job! I'll have to keep that in mind for a Christmas present. Way to go!

xxkarenlxx
05-16-2008, 01:41 AM
That is a very lovely piece. I am sure it will warm and comfort the recipient well.

auburnchick
05-16-2008, 08:18 AM
Oh, that is so beautiful! You did such a great job! I'll have to keep that in mind for a Christmas present. Way to go!


I have to say that doubling the yarn makes the project go very quickly. It would make for a GREAT Christmas gift!

kellee0302
05-16-2008, 03:29 PM
I love it. this is absoulutely gorgeous

MerigoldinWA
05-16-2008, 06:15 PM
Wow!! Thanks for the rundown on your project. It turned out very nicely. Your friend should love this and with double thick yarn it should definately keep her cozy and warm. I like the color, and the cable work you did is great.

I understand about the size 17 needles. I had never tried to use such big needles until a few weeks ago. They were horrible. I could barely knit with them and my hands didn't like it either. The 17 seemed way bigger than the 15. I could knit in peace with the 15, but the 17---forget it. LOL

You did that awfully fast too. Good job.

iwouldratherbeknitting
05-17-2008, 06:14 AM
One of my favorite colors and it makes the cable look amazing! I used this cable stitch on a knitted scarf gift for a man. I think it is an amazing stitch.

You did an amazing job- and in only one week? WOW!

Hygiene Mama
05-19-2008, 12:44 AM
Very nice, I love the color!

ArtLady1981
05-20-2008, 12:27 AM
OH MY! This comfort throw is a beauty! Great great job!!!!

scout52
05-20-2008, 03:02 PM
the throw looks gorgeous!! love it. what a great gift to give. your friend is in my thoughts

auburnchick
05-20-2008, 03:11 PM
the throw looks gorgeous!! love it. what a great gift to give. your friend is in my thoughts


Y'all's comments are so heartwarming! Thank you for the continued prayers.

She goes in tomorrow to get a valve put in her chest for the chemo, which she starts on June 2. It's going to be rough...treatments every two weeks until November.

Thanks all!

:muah:

GirlChris
05-20-2008, 10:46 PM
It is a gorgeous throw and such a nice thing to do to lift her spirits.