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Shandeh
05-08-2010, 02:57 AM
Recently, I was at a doctor's appointment, and the receptionist heard me say that I'm a knitter. She immediately asked if I could knit a blanket and hat for her to use as a baby gift.

I agreed. She asked for it to be made with lime and chocolate yarns.

I'm making it up as I go, just making squares to be seamed together. The center square is the free "Ballband (http://www.elmore-pisgah.com/Ballband%20Dishcloth.htm)" pattern. The rest of the squares will be solids. I'll make a simple hat with the ballband design at the brim.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4583275521_f37ddd5072.jpg

Jan in CA
05-08-2010, 12:12 PM
That's really cool...but it doesn't look anything like lime on my computer. Looks more goldenrod. :??

Shandeh
05-08-2010, 01:51 PM
It's more "limey" in person. It's Bernat Baby Sport in "Kiwi".
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4483720062_e4930193a4_m.jpg
My camera has trouble translating greens. Such a pain.
Here's a color image I found online that shows the color better:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4589097191_dbba4a3895_m.jpg
The same thing happened when I made a green project for the Bernat Blog. They had to get their art department to add green to all my photos for those posts. :roll:

Jan in CA
05-08-2010, 11:22 PM
Ahhh now I see in that sample. You may have to adjust the white balance. If you're taking it in incandescent light it makes things look yellower. That's normal with any camera.

WandaT
05-08-2010, 11:33 PM
Gonna be very pretty! I'm seeing gold too though.

margz3
05-10-2010, 09:28 AM
Neat! Great idea with adding the ballband pattern - should look really cute on the hat!

ArtLady1981
05-10-2010, 02:23 PM
Looking great! Gold and brown! (yes, it looks gold on my screen, too!)

Let me ask you, how did you arrive at a price for the knitting? Or is it a freebie?

yarncharmer
05-10-2010, 05:51 PM
That's so cute! I love the ballband center square - very creative! It's kind of freaky though - cause it looks like such a pretty yellow on my screen - and I was all set to see the choco-lime combo :cool:

Doodknitwit
05-10-2010, 07:11 PM
Looking great! Gold and brown! (yes, it looks gold on my screen, too!)

Let me ask you, how did you arrive at a price for the knitting? Or is it a freebie?


mine too

Shandeh
05-10-2010, 07:18 PM
Looking great! Gold and brown! (yes, it looks gold on my screen, too!)
Maybe I'll be able to get a better photo in the sunlight tomorrow. I'll give it a try!
Let me ask you, how did you arrive at a price for the knitting? Or is it a freebie?
I told her it would be $20, because I knew I would be able to get the yarn for a great price. I'm hoping that I will get more clients through her referral. I will charge more for those clients. I'm just using this project to get known as a knitter for hire.
That's so cute! I love the ballband center square - very creative! It's kind of freaky though - cause it looks like such a pretty yellow on my screen - and I was all set to see the choco-lime combo :cool:
Yeah. My silly camera has trouble with greens. It's definitely a lime-green yarn. More like this:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4589097191_a0d4c6c039_o.jpg

Shandeh
05-13-2010, 09:47 PM
Seaming the blanket tonight! :woohoo:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3387/4604623342_bf407d17ee.jpg

And made a matching hat yesterday. :)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1158/4604628168_54a4cbc0f1.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4604624436_95901032cc.jpg

STILL can't get the greens to come through with my camera. Bummer. :verysad:

Shandeh
05-15-2010, 12:57 PM
Yay! :cheering: :woohoo: :cheering:
I actually FINISHED the Lime and Chocolate Baby Blanket and Hat!
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1382/4608711635_e09b3cd46e.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/4609317982_343a9ab38f.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4609316866_7f39bb3f29.jpg

JudyD
05-15-2010, 04:10 PM
Wow! That's a handsome blanket and hat in any color!

:cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Judy

Jan in CA
05-15-2010, 06:34 PM
Nice work, Sandy!

Shandeh
05-16-2010, 07:44 AM
Wow! That's a handsome blanket and hat in any color! Judy
Thank you, Judy! :)
It's for a baby boy, so I was leaning toward the "bricks" look of that ballband design. I'm glad I went with it. :thumbsup:

Originally, I was going to make the entire blanket with that design, but decided to make squares of alternating colors instead.

Nice work, Sandy!
Thanks Jan! :)

Abbers1026
05-17-2010, 08:39 AM
the blanket turned out awesome just a ? what kind of seaming did you do since my next big project is a blanket with tons of seaming and yours looks great

The.Knitter
05-17-2010, 09:40 AM
Fantastic looking set!!! You did a wonderful job on it! I am sure the Mommy will be thrilled with this project. Keep up the great work!

margz3
05-17-2010, 10:45 AM
Adorable Sandy! The matching hat is such a cute touch :thumbsup:

Shandeh
05-17-2010, 12:54 PM
Thanks for the compliments, my friends! :muah:
what kind of seaming did you do since my next big project is a blanket with tons of seaming and yours looks great
I did my seaming with a few different steps.

1 - I did a single crochet border around each square in the same color as the square.
2 - I did another single crochet border around each square in the color I would be using for seaming.
3 - I used a length of yarn and a yarn needle and did a back and forth seam (similar to mattress stitch), taking the yarn up through both threads of each crochet stitch on each side of the seam.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4014/4611567758_7b514ab041_o.jpg
(The yarn always went from the inside to the outside with each seaming stitch)

I don't know if there is a name for that stitch, but I came up with it by myself one day. I like the way it looks.

Debbie
05-17-2010, 01:46 PM
Sandy, does that seam put the two pieces side by side, close together, or does it make a seam that goes to the other side ... like mattress stitch ? PS ... it is really cute! and so beautifully knit :)

Shandeh
05-17-2010, 01:49 PM
Sandy, does that seam put the two pieces side by side, close together, or does it make a seam that goes to the other side ... like mattress stitch ? PS ... it is really cute! and so beautifully knit :)
Thanks Debbie! :)
This seam makes a reversible seam that looks the same on both sides. That's why I like to use it. :thumbsup:

Shandeh
05-17-2010, 01:58 PM
Here's the seam on the right side of the blanket:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4615579431_da3e8a544a.jpg

And on the wrong side:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4005/4616195184_53e28e2829.jpg

Debbie
05-17-2010, 05:52 PM
Looks PERFECT on both sides !!!!!!!!!!

mks22300
05-17-2010, 11:34 PM
Ooo, very nice!!

Abbers1026
05-18-2010, 08:09 AM
ok so I'm in love with that seaming and when I do my cousins afgan I'm gonna try that...we'll see how well it turns out

Shandeh
05-18-2010, 11:04 AM
I'm so glad you all like my seaming! :hug:
I'll try to make a video later, to make it simpler to understand.

sgtpam
05-18-2010, 06:28 PM
I'm so glad you all like my seaming! :hug:
I'll try to make a video later, to make it simpler to understand.

Yes PLEASE!!! :thumbsup: Your videos are always very helpful:notworthy:

Shandeh
05-18-2010, 11:38 PM
Thank you, Pam! :muah:

melmac51
05-19-2010, 03:49 PM
I love that color combo! That's a perfect first blanket project. You are so inspiring!!

And, you must knit like the wind!!!

Shandeh
05-19-2010, 07:10 PM
Thanks Melanie!
It took about six weeks for me to make the blanket and hat. Much faster than I used to knit. It's nice to finally get some speed to my needles.