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HollyP
06-12-2007, 11:21 AM
Look at our gorgeous blanket!!! It's wonderful. I can't believe I am a part of something this beautiful, and knitted with so many different people's love! :heart:
She said it so perfectly, all I can do is agree!

Sabrina great job!:thumbsup:

Jan in CA
06-12-2007, 01:22 PM
Just beautiful! I can't wait to get it! I need to grab some yarn now.. what color, what color.. :think: Oh and about how many yards? Was that a new skein Sabrina? How much did you use of it..

SabrinaJL
06-12-2007, 01:48 PM
Nope, not a new skein. As for how much I used, I really couldn't say. Not much though.

Jan in CA
06-12-2007, 03:44 PM
Okay. I have some SS in bone that I think I'll use.

carmabelle1191
06-12-2007, 03:44 PM
Our blanket is looking so beautiful! I love all of the different colors.

Jan in CA
06-13-2007, 05:46 PM
Yeah! The blanket arrived safely today and I'm so excited to get it! Sabrina added some beautiful yarn for me! Thank you so much, Sabrina! It's Filati Malaga in a beautiful multicolored stripe of Egyptian cotton and Patons SWS in natural plum! Can't wait to start on the blanket while I'm waiting for the yarn to tell me what it wants to be. I'm going to use Caron Simply Soft in bone because I have a bunch of it.

jeanius80
06-13-2007, 06:28 PM
i think bone would be very nice!
geez i feel kinda bad about not including any goodies when i sent the blanket to you, sabrinajl! :pout:

zip
06-13-2007, 07:10 PM
Everyone's work is so lovely! :heart: The anticipation of its arrival here is delightful.

Shandeh
06-14-2007, 12:39 AM
Wow! I LOVE the yarn that SabrinaJL gave you, Jan! :heart:

SabrinaJL
06-14-2007, 02:19 AM
geez i feel kinda bad about not including any goodies when i sent the blanket to you, sabrinajl! :pout:

Awww, don't feel bad. :grphug: I have more crap than one person should have. And I'm TRYING not to accumulate any more because I'll just have to drag it all to San Diego with me when I move in August.

Jan, the SS bone is a really nice color. I had a skein of it to use for bears for the Mother Bear Project and my rotten dog got her teeth on it. It was a total loss. I suppose it was my fault for leaving it where she could get it.

KathyinCali
06-14-2007, 01:13 PM
The blanket is so beautiful and I'm next:woot::woot:Of course I have to follow the extra talented Jan so I hope I do okay:pray:

Jan in CA
06-14-2007, 01:36 PM
The blanket is so beautiful and I'm next:woot::woot:Of course I have to follow the extra talented Jan so I hope I do okay:pray:

:shock: I don't think so. I am having problems with my hands hurting so I may just stick in another plain garter section so there is less purling. ;-) Generally you need some plain sections anyway to make the detailed sections really stand out. No? :teehee:

Shandeh
06-14-2007, 02:04 PM
:shock: I don't think so. I am having problems with my hands hurting so I may just stick in another plain garter section so there is less purling. ;-) Generally you need some plain sections anyway to make the detailed sections really stand out. No? :teehee:
Poor Jan! :pout: I'm sorry your hands are hurting! :heart::heart:

Dangles
06-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Oh no :cry: Jan, I will be :pray: for a speedy recovery for your hands.

:shock: I don't think so. I am having problems with my hands hurting so I may just stick in another plain garter section so there is less purling. ;-) Generally you need some plain sections anyway to make the detailed sections really stand out. No? :teehee:

Jan in CA
06-16-2007, 05:27 PM
Oh boy...I just had to insert a lifeline into a destination row about an inch back due to a glaring mistake that I could not leave in. :hair: While I had the needles out I took the time to measure the blanket's width. Holy crap! It's about 7ft wide not stretched. :passedout: Soooo I think if we do this again you could lop off a good 100 CO stitches and it will be plenty wide. :shifty:

The needles are back in and all is well.. moving forward..

newamy
06-16-2007, 07:36 PM
Ack!! I'm glad you rescued it.
7 ft wide? that's the kind of knitting that feels like you're not making progress.
I'm thinking about fancy stitches- what could I do for 7 feet and 3 inches?

HollyP
06-16-2007, 11:00 PM
7 feet wide !!!:thud: Should we modify? We could make it that it is 7 ft long, as in we are now knitting from side to side not top to bottom. Or am I wrong and it's supposed to be that wide???:scratchinghead:

No matter what it is going to be a beautiful blanket!

Jan in CA
06-16-2007, 11:32 PM
7 feet wide !!!:thud: Should we modify? We could make it that it is 7 ft long, as in we are now knitting from side to side not top to bottom. Or am I wrong and it's supposed to be that wide???:scratchinghead:

No matter what it is going to be a beautiful blanket!

I was thinking the same thing, but if everyone left adds another 3 in that's another 4 ft. I think it's already close to 3 ft so it'll be somewhere in the neighborhood of over 7ft square. And that's w/o Shandeh's finishing section and the border.
:passedout:

Now we know for next time. :shrug:

Shandeh
06-17-2007, 12:39 AM
Jan, I think the blanket will be fine as it is. 300 stitches with worsted weight yarn should be about 5 or 6 feet wide. I guess that some of our knitters have been knitting loosely. No biggie. We'll leave it as it is.

My plan is to have the blanket be about 6 feet by 8 feet. If it's bigger than that, it's okay. It will still be appreciated.

Jan in CA
06-17-2007, 01:34 AM
Jan, I think the blanket will be fine as it is. 300 stitches with worsted weight yarn should be about 5 or 6 feet wide. I guess that some of our knitters have been knitting loosely. No biggie. We'll leave it as it is.

My plan is to have the blanket be about 6 feet by 8 feet. If it's bigger than that, it's okay. It will still be appreciated.

All the sections are even, Sandy. It's not just a few loose knitters. I was just thinking smaller would faster and more practical in future versions should we do it. This thing is getting pretty heavy already. :shrug:

Shandeh
06-17-2007, 03:30 PM
All the sections are even, Sandy. It's not just a few loose knitters. I was just thinking smaller would faster and more practical in future versions should we do it. This thing is getting pretty heavy already. :shrug:

Thanks Jan! I really appreciate the input, since I can't be there personally to check it out.:thumbsup:

Maybe I'll consider making all the current Oddball Blanket sideways instead, and move some of the knitters to a new blanket.

If you don't mind, put the stitches on a long thread, and lay it on your bed and take a photo for me. That will help us make our final decision.

Jan in CA
06-17-2007, 05:06 PM
If you don't mind, put the stitches on a long thread, and lay it on your bed and take a photo for me. That will help us make our final decision.

I should have thought of that before I put the needles back in! :doh: I'll do it when I'm done with my section and have put the lifeline back in. Should be in a few days. I've got a couple inches already.

lissalue
06-17-2007, 05:39 PM
I guess whether it is too wide or not depends on what we want the recipient to be able to do with it. A full size bed is approximately 5 feet across, so if we want them to be able to use it on their bed, then 7 feet doesn't seem to big. I understand the weight issue though, so iI don't know. :shrug:

SabrinaJL
06-17-2007, 07:21 PM
I really like the size of it. Big enough for someone to cuddle under with their kids or something.

Shandeh
06-17-2007, 07:56 PM
Yeah, my intention is for the recipients to use them on a full size or queen size bed as a blanket to keep them warm while they sleep at night. So, we'll see how it looks when you're done Jan.

Another Oddball Blanket was photographed spread out on two needles, and layed across the foot of a bed. I'll see if I can find that and post it here for comparison.

Shandeh
06-17-2007, 08:01 PM
It was actually THIS blanket that was photographed earlier:

Jan in CA
06-17-2007, 08:53 PM
That's the same blanket, Sandy. It's just not stretched out quite as far. If you all like it that big then that is fine. I know from my stepmom donating blankets that sometimes homeless people get them, too. I was just thinking of how large this thing will be, but it could be doubled, too.

Shandeh
06-17-2007, 09:26 PM
That's the same blanket, Sandy. It's just not stretched out quite as far. If you all like it that big then that is fine. I know from my stepmom donating blankets that sometimes homeless people get them, too. I was just thinking of how large this thing will be, but it could be doubled, too.

Thanks Jan. We are planning on giving them to a specific charity in the end, but we don't know which one yet. I'm hoping they will be used for a needy family that lives in a cold region. We've also been discussing using them for a battered women's shelter. We'll take votes in the end, and decide for sure where they will end up. :)

zip
06-18-2007, 10:46 AM
I really like the size of it. Big enough for someone to cuddle under with their kids or something.

I do, too. I thought it was planned to be that size, as it's a blanket rather than an afghan.

Shandeh
06-18-2007, 01:03 PM
I do, too. I thought it was planned to be that size, as it's a blanket rather than an afghan.

Exactly :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
06-18-2007, 03:47 PM
Exactly :thumbsup:

Ahhh...silly me. :doh: :teehee:

Shandeh
06-18-2007, 03:48 PM
Ah Jan....you're not silly! :hug:

Jan in CA
06-19-2007, 12:39 AM
I'm almost done.. Kathy are you ready?

Shandeh
06-19-2007, 01:02 AM
I'm almost done.. Kathy are you ready?
Jan, you're a SPEED DEMON!!! Did you take any photos?
(I hope so, because your photos are always amazing.) :inlove:

Jan in CA
06-19-2007, 01:28 PM
Jan, you're a SPEED DEMON!!! Did you take any photos?
(I hope so, because your photos are always amazing.) :inlove:

:aww: Not yet, but I will when I'm done.

KathyinCali
06-19-2007, 03:01 PM
I'm ready Jan! I can't wait to get my hands on it to touch everyone's beautiful work!

Jan in CA
06-19-2007, 03:30 PM
I'm ready Jan! I can't wait to get my hands on it to touch everyone's beautiful work!

Okay, good! I should be finished in the next couple days and will mail it soon after.

:cheering:

Jan in CA
06-19-2007, 07:19 PM
The blanket is done! I took it in my backyard because it was so nice today. :teehee: I should be able to mail it in the next few days.

I like how you can click the image and get it full size..that's cool!

newamy
06-19-2007, 08:13 PM
Woo hoo! It looks great.

Great lighting for a picture.

misha rf
06-19-2007, 08:22 PM
It looks lovely!!! :inlove:

carmabelle1191
06-19-2007, 08:39 PM
Wow, our blanket is really coming along!

zip
06-19-2007, 10:39 PM
It's gorgeous in the sunlight! :inlove:

Ack! Must find yarn soon. :shock:

Shandeh
06-19-2007, 11:17 PM
Jan, you're INCREDIBLE!! :notworthy:

Our blanket looks AMAZING in your photo!!!
:muah:

Jan in CA
06-20-2007, 12:25 AM
Jan, you're INCREDIBLE!! :notworthy:

Our blanket looks AMAZING in your photo!!!
:muah:

:aww: Thanks!

Dangles
06-20-2007, 12:43 AM
Great picture, Jan!

KathyinCali
06-20-2007, 11:24 AM
I'm next..I'm next...:woot:

Cristy
06-20-2007, 12:11 PM
I haven't been around much but keep thinking about the blanket...I logged on today and it is SOOOO beautiful!!! I can't wait until it gets to me...keep up the great work you guys!

Lucy Fan
06-20-2007, 08:34 PM
The blanket looks so awesome! I can't believe how much it has grown since it sat in my lap. When I look at my knitting it's hard to believe that I knit that among all those other rows! It's so cool.

Shandeh
06-20-2007, 11:06 PM
I agree Lucy Fan! It's SO COOL to see my knitting there at the start of the blanket, and remember it's humble beginning in my little craft room. We all feel a deep connection to this blanket, don't we?
:heart: :muah: :heart:

Dangles
06-21-2007, 12:40 AM
Ah, that warm and fuzzy feeling. To think that the recipient is loved by all of those who put their part into it. God Bless that :)

HamaLee
06-25-2007, 02:36 PM
I haven't been around much but keep thinking about the blanket...I logged on today and it is SOOOO beautiful!!! I can't wait until it gets to me...keep up the great work you guys!

Cristy, it's so good to see your face--umm...avatar:teehee:--around here! Hope all is well.

Hooray for the blanket! It's gonna be huuuuuuuge by the time it gets to me.:shock::lol:

Jan in CA
06-25-2007, 06:14 PM
The blanket is in the mail and on it's way to Kathy! :cheering:

Shandeh
06-25-2007, 09:59 PM
Thanks Jan! :thumbsup:

KathyinCali
06-26-2007, 02:16 PM
It's here!:cheering: The beautiful blanket has arrived safely from Jan. She also sent me the most beautiful stitch markers. I'm so excited because I don't have any and have never been able to choose a set for myself. Thanks Jan!

:: sneaking home early to work on the blanket::Shhh...

Shandeh
06-26-2007, 08:14 PM
Woo Hoo! Our blanket is safe and sound!
:cheering:

Jan in CA
06-26-2007, 11:44 PM
It's here!:cheering: The beautiful blanket has arrived safely from Jan. She also sent me the most beautiful stitch markers. I'm so excited because I don't have any and have never been able to choose a set for myself. Thanks Jan!

:: sneaking home early to work on the blanket::Shhh...

:passedout: I sent it yesterday afternoon....and it's there today. :noway: Sometimes the PO actually does a good job. :teehee:

I'm glad you like the stitch markers! ;-)

KathyinCali
06-29-2007, 05:26 PM
Hello all,
Just a note to let you know I am knitting away on the blanket and if all goes well I will be finished with my portion Monday evening. It's a great pleasure to be a part of this blankie and everyone's knitting is lovely!

Happy weekend,
Kathy

Shandeh
06-29-2007, 05:54 PM
You're FAST, Kathy! :happydance:

I can't wait to see the knitting you've completed. :hug:

Shandeh
07-02-2007, 12:00 PM
Kathy has been called away on a business trip, so she is mailing the blanket to Zip now!

Thanks for knitting, my friend. :hug:

KathyinCali
07-02-2007, 12:43 PM
Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this wonderful project. The blanket is on it's way Zip!:hug:

zip
07-02-2007, 05:30 PM
Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this wonderful project. The blanket is on it's way Zip!:hug:


Kathy, you're incredibly speedy! Can't wait to receive it. :woohoo:

Cristy
07-03-2007, 08:48 AM
shhhh....don't point me out...I'm actually lurking while logged on....hehehe

It's good to see you guys too...I've missed everyone!

Shandeh
07-03-2007, 09:04 AM
Christy! :happydance: Where the heck have you been? :tap:

Shandeh
07-03-2007, 10:25 AM
KathyinCali, can you share some photos of the blanket with us?

We need some Oddball Blanket Porn! :teehee:

You can throw in some notes about your yarn and knitting stitches too, since we need to hear all the juicy details. ;)

zip
07-04-2007, 11:52 AM
The blanket arrived yesterday! Kudos to UPS - one day delivery and everything is intact, including the journal that's hiding underneath it in the photo. Kathy included Knitting Girl socks and a keychain sock blocker minisock with pattern for me. Thank you, Kathy! :hug:

I've attempted to make the colors as true as possible in the photo. The yarn I'm planning to use is the skein at the top. I've had it for 20 years or so; in fact, I think it's been discontinued. It's acrylic that I bought at a hoity-toity needlework shop in Charlotte a couple of lifetimes ago, and it's been either in my cedar chest or a Rubbermaid tub since then. A second skein is mostly gone and I have absolutely no memory of what I made with it.

The lower blue stripe is a cadet blue; the upper is green; my yarn is teal and should work well against the lovely dusty rose that Kathy added.

Can you tell I'm excited to have the blanket? :rofling: I oohed and ahhed over it for ten minutes or so when I first lifted it from the bag. I made my SO admire it - he was impressed, btw.

ok, zipping my lip and posting the pic. :oops:

click on the photo to see it larger.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1154/715973901_f9222792d7.jpg (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1154/715973901_f9222792d7_b.jpg)

jeanius80
07-04-2007, 12:13 PM
it's so pretty! i love the color you have chosen zip!

zip
07-04-2007, 01:08 PM
it's so pretty! i love the color you have chosen zip!

Thank you! Twenty years is long enough to stash yarn, doncha think? :rofling:

The blanket is gorgeous! You don't realize what a wonderful thing it is until you hold it. I nearly wept - but I'm perimenopausal. :eyes: It'll be an emotional Sandy who receives it back when it's ready for her to finish.

I'm considering taking it to my LYS this Saturday and encouraging them to start up a charity blanket or two there on-site that people can knit upon when they visit.

Shandeh
07-04-2007, 03:43 PM
Yay! The blanket is making an impact on US as well as the person who will receive it when it's complete! :heart: :heart: :heart:
I'm glad you're enjoying your time with the blanket, Sis! :muah:

zip
07-05-2007, 12:46 AM
Yay! The blanket is making an impact on US as well as the person who will receive it when it's complete! :heart: :heart: :heart:
I'm glad you're enjoying your time with the blanket, Sis! :muah:

I am indeed!

Kinda creepy that blanket #2 is on its way to Ginger in California and blanket #4 is on its way to San Diego. I'm thinking that the rest of you may call us The Three Fates. Send us numbers 3 & 5 and no one gets hurt. :rofling:

Shandeh
07-05-2007, 06:34 AM
:wink: I was wondering who would notice that first!

It IS funny that all the blankets are migrating to California at the same time, isn't it?! :teehee:

KathyinCali
07-06-2007, 11:36 AM
I love the color you chose Zip! I'm glad it arrived safely...Just signing on to say hello since I'm traveling this week. :hug:

feminine_earth
07-08-2007, 09:24 AM
Hi everyone! I haven't been on KH in forever! (I'm the one in Florida who knitted the bright yellow portion of the blanket.:teehee:) Anyway, I just wanted to say that the blanket is absolutely gorgeous!! :inlove: Wow! I'm just in awe at how pretty it is! You guys are all such fantastic knitters, and such wonderful people! I've missed you all! :hug:

misha rf
07-08-2007, 12:44 PM
That's a great color, Zip! :happydance:

zip
07-09-2007, 12:49 AM
Thanks, y'all! :hug:

I'm about two inches in and just now came upon a break in the skein at the middle of a row.

http://www.dropline.net/cats/images/unleash-the-fury.jpg

misha rf
07-09-2007, 10:04 AM
I hate when that happens!!! :hug:

Shandeh
07-09-2007, 12:26 PM
Unbelievable.:-? I guess the non-existing yarn shop won't be able to exchange your 20 year old skein. :teehee:

GennyLynn1962
07-10-2007, 10:14 AM
The blanket looks great!!! :notworthy:

How long is it now? It has grown so much since I had it.

zip
07-11-2007, 10:10 AM
ok, everyone can relax. I repaired the break. ;)

GennyLynn, I'll measure it today and post the results.

More good news! I'm staying home sick today and will finish my portion. I'll be ready to mail to Jille tomorrow if she's ready.

Shandeh
07-11-2007, 01:33 PM
Sorry you're sick. :pout:
But happy you can work on the blanket! :cheering:
:teehee:

I'll check with Jillle (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/member.php?u=10819) to see if she's ready for the blanket.

Jillle
07-11-2007, 05:43 PM
I'm ready. ;)

I'm going to visit my sister in Fallbrook tomorrow. Maybe I could pick up the blanket on the way up or back from there. I'll be leaving around noon.

If that doesn't work, mailing is fine.:cheering:

zip
07-11-2007, 08:39 PM
I'm ready. ;)

I'm going to visit my sister in Fallbrook tomorrow. Maybe I could pick up the blanket on the way up or back from there. I'll be leaving around noon.

If that doesn't work, mailing is fine.:cheering:


I'm dead center between you and her! I'll PM my cell number to you. On your way home will probably work better. I work until 5, but can escape early whenever I need to.

zip
07-11-2007, 08:50 PM
GennyLynn, it measures between 30 and 31 inches resting upon a flat surface and between 32 and 33 when hanging. Its weight stretches it out.

Here are a couple of photos. Click the pics to see them larger.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1332/780345535_3c563ef91c.jpg (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1332/780345535_3c563ef91c_b.jpg)

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1339/780345551_7155095c5c.jpg (http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1339/780345551_7155095c5c_b.jpg)

I don't know the name of my stitch, or even if it has a name. It's the textured cuff section of knitty's knucks (http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTknucks.html). I used it on a pair that I just completed and fell in love with the look of it.

Thank you, Sandy, for putting this together for all of us! :hug: I have so enjoyed participating and will watch the balance of number one's journey with much pleasure.

edit: Please ignore Kathy's lifeline. I'll be moving it up to the end tonight.

Jan in CA
07-11-2007, 11:01 PM
It looks awesome!!

Dangles
07-12-2007, 12:31 AM
Ohh Zip, that's is so pretty!

jeanius80
07-12-2007, 12:32 AM
i love seeing the progression of our blanket! :heart: that stitch you did is great!

Shandeh
07-12-2007, 01:49 AM
Thank you, Sandy, for putting this together for all of us! :hug: I have so enjoyed participating and will watch the balance of number one's journey with much pleasure.
OMG!!! It's GORGEOUS!!!
You did a great job, Sis! :muah:

misha rf
07-12-2007, 03:42 PM
It's so pretty!!! :inlove::inlove::inlove:

KathyinCali
07-12-2007, 05:44 PM
I love your knitting Zip! It is so nice to sign on and see the progression :)

zip
07-12-2007, 09:23 PM
ohhhh. Thank y'all! I so loved working on it! Our blanket IS gorgeous! Look at all the colors and varying stitches! We rock. :cool:

I'm already pinin' for the wool blanket. When does it hit California?

HollyP
07-12-2007, 09:50 PM
Zip your section is sooo pretty!:inlove: I love seeing our blanket grow!

Shandeh
07-12-2007, 11:05 PM
I'm already pinin' for the wool blanket. When does it hit California?
It still has 5 states to go through before it heads your way. :pout:

Jillle
07-14-2007, 12:13 PM
Zip-I guess you should mail me the blanket. I just haven't been in your area at a reasonable time. I didn't leave Fallbrook until 10pm on Thursday. Yesterday, I didn't leave the beach at Oceanside until 9pm.

Thanks so much. Looking forward to receiving it!!:muah:

zip
07-14-2007, 04:14 PM
Zip-I guess you should mail me the blanket. I just haven't been in your area at a reasonable time. I didn't leave Fallbrook until 10pm on Thursday. Yesterday, I didn't leave the beach at Oceanside until 9pm.

Thanks so much. Looking forward to receiving it!!:muah:

I'll send it out on Monday. Fearless Leader sent your address to me.

Hey, Fearless Leader! Heads up, you're getting two Trader Joe's in Charlotte this year.

Shandeh
07-14-2007, 06:24 PM
Hey, Fearless Leader! Heads up, you're getting two Trader Joe's in Charlotte this year.
Yeah, I've already heard about them. I'll definitely be there, ready to buy some more Honey Sesame Cashews!!! :heart: :inlove: :heart:

Stiney got me hooked on them. :teehee:

Jillle
07-18-2007, 05:08 PM
The blanket arrived yesterday and I opened the box today.

I just can't believe how beautiful it is! The pictures are great, but seeing it in person is incredible.:inlove:

Zip--Thank you so much for the Quick Knits book! I will have fun with all the great patterns in it.

I'm leaving for Fiber Fest in Chicago in a little while and I'm contemplating taking the blanket. I just don't know. Or I could leave it here and look forward to working on it when I return.:cheering:

I'll let you know what I decide. (I probably won't take it...too nervous something might happen to it.)

zip
07-18-2007, 06:29 PM
The blanket arrived yesterday and I opened the box today.

I just can't believe how beautiful it is! The pictures are great, but seeing it in person is incredible.:inlove:

Zip--Thank you so much for the Quick Knits book! I will have fun with all the great patterns in it.

I'm leaving for Fiber Fest in Chicago in a little while and I'm contemplating taking the blanket. I just don't know. Or I could leave it here and look forward to working on it when I return.:cheering:

I'll let you know what I decide. (I probably won't take it...too nervous something might happen to it.)


It is better in person, isn't it?! Sandy's gonna weep when she sees it. :mrgreen:

I'd take it if I were you. It's the first KH charity blanket and you're going to a KH meetup. Take photos of its travels. Share its softness with the other KHers. Buy it a drink. Just be careful cuz it's getting heavy on the needles. :shock: Don't lose it or leave it behind cuz I know where you live. :rofl:

glad you like the book!

Shandeh
07-18-2007, 11:23 PM
Yes! Take it to the KH meetup!
They can all see our lovely work. :thumbsup:

PLUS, you can get photos of everyone standing around the blanket!

But, if you decide to leave it home, I won't get upset or anything.
:pout:

Jillle
07-26-2007, 02:30 PM
Update: I didn't end of taking the blanket to Fiber Fest.:sad: It was just a tad too big to travel with.

So, I am working away on it. I'm using an apple green yarn which looks amazing next to Zip's teal blue!:cheering:

I think my yarn is older than Zip's though. It was my DH's mother's yarn. Probably 30 years old. Pretty cool, huh.

I have a question for ya'll. The blanket has a musty, incense smell. Not very pleasant. What do you think about me spraying Febreze on it and airing it out a bit? I don't think it will hurt the yarn, since its made for fabric. But, I want the "thumbs up" before I proceed with that.

misha rf
07-26-2007, 05:03 PM
That would be ok with me (of course, I'm not gonna see it until sometime this fall). At the very least, airing it out should be fine. I'd just be careful that strong smelling stuff isn't used on it. Some people (like me) are sensitive to odors. (I received a KAL blankie that had a dryer sheet tucked in with it, & had a headache the whole time it was in my house. Even though I'd tossed the sheet, the smell lingered in the blankie.)

Jillle
07-26-2007, 06:10 PM
That's a good point about people being sensitive to odors. Febreze does have an odor. But, the odor of the blanket now is not good. Any other suggestions?

Jan in CA
07-26-2007, 06:45 PM
I noticed it smelled funky, but wasn't sure what to do about it. Febreze works great, but I don't know about people who have scent allergies. Maybe let it air out outdoors? Not like we are going to get any rain anytime soon. :roll: :teehee:

Jillle
07-26-2007, 08:08 PM
True Jan! Unfortunately rain isn't in the forecast.:teehee: I'm also thinking that putting it in a plastic bad isn't the best for it. What about wrapping it in white tissue paper. That way when its mailed it will breath.

Shandeh
07-26-2007, 09:17 PM
Good ideas! :thumbsup:

Air out that puppy, and let it breathe!

It's getting too big for that plastic bag anyway. :wink:

zip
07-26-2007, 09:33 PM
Jille, I didn't notice that it smelled bad. In fact, I thought it smelled really nice when I received it from Kathy. :???: That causes me to think that the incense scent came from my handling it. I was so careful with it, always washed my hands and applied lotion before I'd sit down to work on it. The lotion is a woodsy scent. But if Jan noticed funky as well, then I dunno... Regardless, Sandy said in the beginning that she'd wash it after she's finished it completely.

Re the plastic bag, it's primarily for protection against other items in the box and packing materials, plus the possibility that the box becomes destroyed during transit. Tissue paper wouldn't protect it from any of that. Anything else (butcher or parchment paper, a Tyvek envelope) would probably have to be replaced by each knitter.

That's my take on it anyway... I considered dropping a cedar sachet in the bag, but decided that it might irritate someone's sensibilities.

zip
07-26-2007, 09:35 PM
Good ideas! :thumbsup:

Air out that puppy, and let it breathe!

It's getting too big for that plastic bag anyway. :wink:

It's a tall kitchen bag, so it fits fine. But whatever you think.

Shandeh
07-26-2007, 09:43 PM
Well, I'll leave it up to you ladies. If you want, you can air it out now, knit your portion, then wrap it in tissue, and put everything in the plastic bag just before it's mailed. That will protect it from the weather or melted chocolate.

But, I will be washing it when it's finished, so it will be ready for donation. :thumbsup:

Jillle
07-26-2007, 09:47 PM
OK. I appreciate the input!:hug:
I'm sure washing it at the end will take care of any odors. I will just let it breath outside (I like knitting on my patio).

Zip, I don't think the incense smell came from you. I think its just the fact that it was bagged up for awhile when I went on my trip.

All will be fine. Fresh air and washing it by Sandy when its finished should do the trick. :cheering:

I will send it in the bag to protect it, when I'm done.

Have I mentioned its totally awesome. I'm 1/3 done with my part!:woot:

zip
07-26-2007, 10:07 PM
OK. I appreciate the input!:hug:
I'm sure washing it at the end will take care of any odors. I will just let it breath outside (I like knitting on my patio).

Zip, I don't think the incense smell came from you. I think its just the fact that it was bagged up for awhile when I went on my trip.

All will be fine. Fresh air and washing it by Sandy when its finished should do the trick. :cheering:

I will send it in the bag to protect it, when I'm done.

Have I mentioned its totally awesome. I'm 1/3 done with my part!:woot:


I can't wait to see your section! Apple green. :heart:
How do I become a charity who's eligible for blanket contributions? :shifty:

Jan in CA
07-27-2007, 01:02 PM
It was really more of a musty smell...and to my nose smelled faintly of cigarette smoke. :ick: I think airing it out will help.

Shandeh
07-27-2007, 02:03 PM
How do I become a charity who's eligible for blanket contributions? :shifty:
:teehee:

It was really more of a musty smell...and to my nose smelled faintly of cigarette smoke. :ick: I think airing it out will help.
Yeah....smoking and pets are mixed all through with the first 4 blankets. I didn't start sorting people until Blanket #5.

The good thing is....it will all come out in the wash. :)

The only thing I have to figure out, is how to get the wool blanket clean. I guess I could pay to have it dry-cleaned. Or I could try using one of those "home dry-clean" kits in the dryer.

HollyP
07-27-2007, 02:08 PM
You could sprinkle it with baking soda while it is laying in the sun. Then you can just shake the soda out. I did this on musty smelling car mats and it worked great. I had previously tried just airing them but they didn't get nearly as fresh as they did w/ the baking soda.
Just my $.02!

Shandeh
07-27-2007, 03:22 PM
Thanks Holly!

I'll try that. But, if I see any stains, I'll have to dry clean it. I don't want to donate a dirty blanket. :teehee:

pandaca
07-31-2007, 10:55 AM
I'm not knitting on this blanket, but I just have to say it looks beautiful! You guys are doing a great job. The person who gets this blanket is going to be very lucky!

Jan in CA
07-31-2007, 12:50 PM
Thanks Holly!

I'll try that. But, if I see any stains, I'll have to dry clean it. I don't want to donate a dirty blanket. :teehee:

Dry clean it? Why don't you toss it in the washer and dryer? OB1 is acrylic.. :??

ADAllen
07-31-2007, 03:48 PM
Dry clean it? Why don't you toss it in the washer and dryer? OB1 is acrylic.. :??
I doubt that it would fit in my washer and dryer... then again maybe mine is small because I live in a dorm.:shrug:

Shandeh
07-31-2007, 07:19 PM
Dry clean it? Why don't you toss it in the washer and dryer? OB1 is acrylic.. :??

I was referring to the wool blanket #3. :wink:

We were discussing how I was going to get all the blankets clean. I'll be washing all the others, but the wool one is going to be the most work. :???:

Jan in CA
07-31-2007, 10:21 PM
I have a big washer so it would probably fit, but it's a big afghan.

Ahh..I thought you were talking about OB1 since it was in this thread. Sorry 'bout that. :doh::teehee:

Shandeh
07-31-2007, 10:31 PM
No problem, my friend. :hug:

Thanks for checking on me. :)

zip
08-02-2007, 01:18 AM
Jille, how goes it?

Jillle
08-02-2007, 03:08 AM
I finished on Sunday. Have not had a reply back on where it should be sent?:sad:

Shandeh
08-02-2007, 12:55 PM
I finished on Sunday. Have not had a reply back on where it should be sent?:sad:

True. I haven't heard back from letah75 yet. I'll check one more time.

Jillle
08-02-2007, 01:11 PM
Thanks!

Shandeh
08-02-2007, 02:05 PM
Sadly, two of our Oddball Blankets have been eaten by the post office. :pout:

The first one was sent to the Netherlands, but never made it back. (She was the 2nd knitter, so the blanket had not really grown that much.)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1384/539900320_6a6b1d4d82_m.jpg

The second one lost was our 4th blanket. This one had 5 knitted portions, so it wasn't big yet, but still some time had been invested in it.
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1300/538101522_a5887dcbfe_m.jpg

So, I guess we should each mail our packages First Class or Priority Mail, so we can add 65 cents for Delivery Confirmation. That will help a bit with keeping tabs on the blankets. Plus, we will be able to search for them in the postal system that way.

If you use a Priority Mail (http://www.usps.com/all/shippingandmailing/23daypackages.htm) Flat Rate Box, the rates are not that bad.

You can also write "HANDLE WITH CARE" on the package, if you want.

Jan in CA
08-02-2007, 03:12 PM
They probably will show up eventually so I wouldn't consider them a loss yet. We had a box of checks just show up after two weeks and the box was mangled. No telling what happened, but at least they are here.

Mailing priority is a good idea.

Shandeh
08-02-2007, 03:19 PM
They probably will show up eventually so I wouldn't consider them a loss yet. We had a box of checks just show up after two weeks and the box was mangled. No telling what happened, but at least they are here.

Mailing priority is a good idea.

I hope they show up. It's been over a month for both packages, so we've waited a LONG TIME. :shock:

newamy
08-02-2007, 07:33 PM
I haven't seen Letah around too much on the boards lately. Maybe she's on a vacation? How long will you wait to hear? And if you don't hear will you skip to me? We can alway send it to her later.

Tobinknit
08-02-2007, 10:43 PM
One good thing is......I am not sure how she shipped it from the Netherlands to the US but if it was Economy (Surface) Letter Post, it can take 4-6 weeks or more. I have done a lot of international shipping and the last time I mailed a package using the above method through USPS, it didn't get from Washington State to the United Kingdom for 8 weeks. Other times it can take less than the 4 weeks. I am being positive that the blankets will turn up and then we will just have more blankets to give to charity.

Shandeh
08-02-2007, 11:00 PM
I haven't seen Letah around too much on the boards lately. Maybe she's on a vacation? How long will you wait to hear? And if you don't hear will you skip to me? We can alway send it to her later.
I heard from Letah today. She's been a busy girl lately!
The blanket is being mailed to her now. :wink:

One good thing is......I am not sure how she shipped it from the Netherlands to the US but if it was Economy (Surface) Letter Post, it can take 4-6 weeks or more. I have done a lot of international shipping and the last time I mailed a package using the above method through USPS, it didn't get from Washington State to the United Kingdom for 8 weeks. Other times it can take less than the 4 weeks. I am being positive that the blankets will turn up and then we will just have more blankets to give to charity.
Well, when I mailed it to the Netherlands, it got there in 10 days. (Mailed 5-25, received 6-4)

SimplyKaar finished her knitting on June 10th, and mailed it to me. Then, it came back to her on June 26th in a damaged box, with some of the contents missing.

She said that she was mailing it again in a smaller package, but I never heard from her again. So, we waited until July 19th. Then, we started a new one.

If the original blanket shows up, we'll continue knitting it. I hope it does, because I want SimplyKaar to be included in our project, and I want my knitting needles back! :pout:

jeanius80
08-03-2007, 01:02 AM
i hope it does show back up! i was really excited to see it. well, at least there are enough of us to get a new started :)

newamy
08-03-2007, 11:52 AM
I heard from Letah today. She's been a busy girl lately!
The blanket is being mailed to her now. :wink:


Oh good. I wasn't ready yet!

Speaking of which the blanket is 300 stitches wide? Wanting to know so I can plan a stich pattern.

Shandeh
08-03-2007, 04:53 PM
Yes...300 stitches.

But be sure to knit all the stitches of your first row, and count them as you go, just to make sure. :wink:
(Someone could have added or lost a stitch by mistake.)

Jillle
08-03-2007, 06:27 PM
Going to the post office now to send the blanket to Letah75.
I had a couple more rows to go when I took this picture. Here's how it looked.
I just did garter stitch, because I'm not that fast. But, I really like the green next to Zip's teal blue.42211

zip
08-03-2007, 09:49 PM
Jille, I LOVE it! :heart: It does look great next to the teal. I like the garter sections among the various stitches, btw. They keep the blanket from looking too busy.

I am so geekily into watching the progression as each of us adds her contribution. I'm already pondering my prediction of what color Letah will add. :rofl: Maybe I'll start an odds game on the oddball blankets.

ok, I either need a second Friday after-work drink or a nap.

Shandeh
08-03-2007, 11:25 PM
Very pretty!! :cheering:

GennyLynn1962
08-08-2007, 09:33 AM
:inlove:

It's getting so big!!




:pray: Mr./Ms. Postal worker, please take care of our blanket!!!

letah75
08-08-2007, 12:00 PM
I wanted to let everyone know that Mr. Postman did in fact keep the blanket safe!!! I got it last night, at about 7pm. I had just enough time to open it and read the entry's in the book!

Everyone who has knitted on it so far seem like such wonderful people! I'm honored to be included in such a beautiful project with such great knitters!!!

I haven't taken the blanket out yet, I will do that tonight, and ponder my color choice. If Little Jr. were here, I'd let him choose a color, but since he's with his mom this week I will have to do my best.

I did get a absolutely beautiful skein of yarn, that is soft and luscious, I am in love. I also got some chocolate! Yum.

Shandeh
08-08-2007, 01:19 PM
Yay! I feel like we should have a mini celebration whenever our blanket makes it safely through the mail!

http://bestsmileys.com/hyper/4.gif http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/3.gif http://bestsmileys.com/excited/2.gif

http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/9.gif http://bestsmileys.com/dancing/14.gifhttp://bestsmileys.com/wow/1.gif

GennyLynn1962
08-08-2007, 03:52 PM
:woohoo::woot::woot::woohoo:

Shandeh
08-08-2007, 10:59 PM
Don't ya just LOVE that last guy on the right, that does NOT smile? :teehee:

http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/3.gif <---------

lissalue
08-09-2007, 08:39 AM
He is my favorite!! :teehee:

Shandeh
08-09-2007, 09:39 AM
It looks like he's thinking, "OK, I'll jump along with the rest of you, but I AIN'T gonna like it!" :roflhard:

Susan P.
08-09-2007, 09:43 AM
LOL Sandy.

I saw the humour and stared at his face and to me it was along the lines of:

Must I? Must I honestly bounce in time with these total buffoons? All right. To get this over with I shall but I shall not like it. Bounce. Whoo. Hoo. Freakin bounce.

Shandeh
08-09-2007, 09:46 AM
:roflhard:

GennyLynn1962
08-09-2007, 09:50 AM
:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard:

Susan P.
08-09-2007, 09:56 AM
:roflhard: grinz

HollyP
08-11-2007, 01:11 PM
Where do you find all you smilies Shandeh??

They are so cute!

Shandeh
08-11-2007, 07:46 PM
Where do you find all you smilies Shandeh??

They are so cute!

I get a lot of them at Best Smileys
http://bestsmileys.com/pageindex.htm

I find the others by doing a search on Google for "emoticons" or "smilies"

jeanius80
08-14-2007, 02:01 PM
shandeh- always at least one party pooper! :rofl:

Shandeh
08-14-2007, 09:19 PM
Yeah, but at least he's still jumping with the rest of them. He just doesn't like it. :teehee:

newamy
08-19-2007, 09:44 PM
Okay, I'm posting at what I perceive to be the end of the thread because I have a terrible time finding messages on branches in the middle. I am hopeful other's will follow suit.

But anyway, I have been mulling over my portion of blanket knitting and have a question. I was wondering if anyone would mind if I did a slip stitch pattern that involved stripes, alternating 2 colors. It will not thicken the the fabric, it is based on garter stitch. It looks like nice narrow stripes on the on the "plain" back and the slip stitches add an interesting, yet simple design. I'm mainly asking because no one else has added 2 colors at once to their section. The pattern can be done in one color but looks more interesting in 2. If there are no objections that's what I'm planning on.

jeanius80
08-19-2007, 11:39 PM
i think it would look great! i was going to do something with words, charted, in a different color, but couldn't due to the time constraint... oh, and my lack of chart readin' skillz :rofl:

Jan in CA
08-20-2007, 10:06 AM
I don't see a problem with it myself. Just make sure it's done on the RS. ;)

Shandeh
08-20-2007, 10:43 AM
Good plan! :thumbsup:

HollyP
08-20-2007, 03:58 PM
Go for it!! I was also thinking of possibly do more than one color. I think every section being different is what makes the blankets as beautiful as they are.

Jeanie I am glad to see I am not the only who lacks chart readin' skillz!! :teehee:

jeanius80
08-20-2007, 06:07 PM
oh yeah.. i got no chart readin' skillz....:lol:
i totaly 'get' the idea. even understand it a bit. but i always want to start at the top and read it like ... well, like reading :) so mabey in the future i'll figure it out. right now though, i can see me starting out right, loosing my place and starting back upside down

Shandeh
08-21-2007, 03:24 PM
letah75, how are things going with the blanket?

zip
08-23-2007, 08:56 AM
:poke:

Jan in CA
08-24-2007, 01:17 PM
I've seen her post so I know she's here..she's just forgetting to check here. Go poke her, Sandy. :teehee:

letah75
08-24-2007, 02:25 PM
sorry for the late reply! Been working 70+ again and it's been SUPER crazy on top of the hours....my probation kids are out of their minds lately! I've been teaching CPR/First Aid (volunteer) for the Red Cross, had some family issues out of town that I had to deal with on the weekends (grandma broke her neck a few months ago, and have to go check on her, etc), and had some car trouble on top of it all. :hair: Luckly it looks as though things are going to slow down at work only 55 hours next week, aunt is coming into town to stay with grandma, and I only have 1 CPR class to teach next week. Was able to borrow a car from the parents until mine gets fixed and BF is back home so I have someone to vent to! :woot:

I've got my part of the blanket ready to go, but there is no way I'll be able to make it to the post office until Monday. But Monday I'll get the package out...priority mail, tracking and all!

Send me the name of the next person, and I'll get it out by noon, August 27th.

Really sorry for the delay, life got in the way of e-mailing and computer time.

So I just read all of the above posts, and funny enough, I did my section in two colors! :yay:

I'll get a picture up, probably not until Sat. night or Sun. afternoon....Gotta work until LATE tonght and all day tomorrow! I used Caron Simply Soft, steel grey and lilac. I really like it, hope you all do too.

Again, can't say how sorry I am for hte delay. I got the blanket on the 9th so it's only gonna go out 4 days late :out:

Jan in CA
08-24-2007, 02:30 PM
Oh no! I hope your grandma is okay! 70 hour work weeks are no fun either. Don't worry about being late, stuff happens! We were all just wondering. :hug:

letah75
08-24-2007, 02:38 PM
Grandma is doing as well as can be expected. She is 93 years old, still spry! She was on a European cruise and fell in the shower and broke two vertebra in her neck. She had to fly from Europe (after seeing a doctor) to Georgia and stay with family friends for a little while, then she flew down to the Bay Area.

she lives on her own, and refuses to stay with my parents or anyone else. She lives 1 hour from my parents and 3 hours from me. Mom's been going down daily to help her out, but mom has a life, so I've been trying to help as I can by going down when possible.

Grandma finally agreed to let someone (aunt) stay with her...for right now. Because she's so old, the bones are knitting as fast as they would with someone younger, but she seems to be healing as well as (if not a little better ) any other 93 year old.

Thanks for the understanding. I've been stressing out a bit, because I haven't had the time to get it out. Been feeling a little guilty because it's one of my pending responsibilities. But I had to take care of family and work first.....but by the time I get to blanket #3, everything will have slowed down A LOT! (here's hoping :))

newamy
08-24-2007, 06:38 PM
I'm next. So I will send you a PM with my info.

Sorry you have been so busy. I would be a basket case with just that work schedule alone.

You did two colors??? Rats. I don't know if two colors would look good right next to two colors. I was considering a light sage green I have on hand with some shade of lavendar or purple. Maybe if I could match the purple.... I'll have to study the blanket and come up with something.:think:

misha rf
08-24-2007, 08:21 PM
Goodness, Letah! That is a LOT on your plate!!! I hope your grandma gets well soon!

Shandeh
08-25-2007, 12:56 AM
Thank you all for handling the communication about the blanket today.

I was out of town, playing organ for a wedding rehearsal.
So glad everything is worked out! :sun:
Letah, I'm praying for your Grandma. :pray:

letah75
08-28-2007, 02:44 PM
Here are some pictures. The quality of the pictures is not great as I had to take them in my office, so the lighting suck. But you'll get the idea.

The Whole Blanket :
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1409/1259016181_3593273ca6_m.jpg

My Section:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1406/1259016161_a659db5134_m.jpg

With a little more light:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/1259016309_374bade85b_m.jpg

The back of my section:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1083/1259809044_c43a9b45e1_m.jpg

I did a simple slip stitch pattern:

With Color A: K1, S1 purlwise, K last two stitches (Carry yarn on right side of work when slipping stitches)
With Color A: P1, S1, P last two stitches
With Color B: K1, S1 purlwise, K last two stitches (Carry yarn on right side of work when slipping stitches)
With Color B: P1, S1, P last two stitches

Hope ya'll like it. If you want to see the photos a little bigger you can click here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/letah75/1259016309/)

Oh, and I wanted to post the tracking number so that all interested can track the package through USPS. :-)

I mailed it this morning, I got out of work too late yesterday. But I PROMISE, it is in the mail!!!

www.usps.com
0304 3490 0000 2329 7923
Mailed Priority shipping, estimated arrival 2-3 days.

Shandeh
08-28-2007, 05:06 PM
I love it! :cheering:

Way to go, getting that done with craziness at home.

Dangles
08-28-2007, 05:44 PM
Letah, looks so pretty.

Ladies, for OBCB #1 looks absolutely amazing, great work to everyone.

newamy
08-30-2007, 11:11 PM
LOOK!!!!


The Blanket Arrived. It is beautiful and amazing to see. I can't wait to get started on it this evening.

And Letah sent the most wonderful things: A candle, Mustard!, a Chico bag. And three skeins of yarn: Knit Picks Alapaca Cloud in a lovely soft blue, Patons Grace in red, and what appears to be hand died wool of an unknown maker, lovely colors. I could not beleive how much she sent. Thank you Letah!!:hug:

Anyway, I will keep you all posted on the progress. My co-workers might have a knitting get together on Sunday and if we do I will be showing them this lovely blanket.

letah75
08-31-2007, 12:18 PM
For any curious the wool yarn is from foxmoda who sells on ebay. here (http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZfoxmoda) is a link to her store if anyone is interested.

Shandeh
08-31-2007, 03:46 PM
What a wonderful yarn package! :inlove:

The blanket has been a wonderful thing for all of us, hasn't it? :hug:

And I really enjoyed hearing newamy's voice on my phone last night! :) (I like your accent too!)
:muah:

newamy
08-31-2007, 06:08 PM
(I like your accent too!)

Well, your voice on your message rather startled me...you don't write with an accent!

jeanius80
08-31-2007, 06:18 PM
it's so beautiful! letah- pretty yarns you sent! and i love your section.. is it grey and pink or lavender? pretty pretty

letah75
08-31-2007, 06:34 PM
It's actually gray and lavender, but next to the other colors it looks pinkish. So your kinda right on both accounts :woohoo:

I'm glad you liked it. That makes me happy!

Shandeh
08-31-2007, 09:13 PM
Well, your voice on your message rather startled me...you don't write with an accent!

Funny, that! :teehee:

I never thought I HAD an accent, until I travelled up north for a couple business trips. Everyone kept asking me to say things over and over again. :roll:

I talk a lot in this video, so you can judge for yourselves.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBJrTsNZVaw

HollyP
09-01-2007, 07:45 AM
Letah, I love your section. It looks so pretty! I can't wait ot see the blanket in person. I am sure the pictures aren't doing it any justice!



Shandeh, I don't think you have an accent at all. I grew up in VA!:teehee: If you really want to hear an accent you should hear my Bro's FIL . Every time I talk to him it takes me a few minutes to translate. Forget about it if he is really excited! He's from Southern WV. My SIL also has an accent but it is not as strong, she grew up in SW VA.

Shandeh
09-01-2007, 01:40 PM
I'm with you, Holly! I don't think I have an accent either, because I've seen PLENTY of people in the South that DO!
:teehee:

When I went to college, I met a girl who had a REALLY BAD southern accent. I was thinking, "OMG! Do you KNOW how bad that sounds?!"

I'm really particular about how I say things. In fact, I used to be a voice teacher. Diction has always been important to me. In fact, I think that's part of what made me fall in love with my hubby. He has a beautiful speaking voice. :heart:

But, I don't mind it if people say they like my accent. I consider a compliment. :hug:

newamy
09-01-2007, 02:17 PM
Oh Sandy, you have an accent. It isn't terribly thick or heavy, it's rather delicate and appealing. But it still reminds me of ice tea on a shady porch.

zip
09-01-2007, 02:47 PM
Oh Sandy, you have an accent. It isn't terribly thick or heavy, it's rather delicate and appealing. But it still reminds me of ice tea on a shady porch.

Yeah, we wear hoop skirts and bonnets and shade ourselves with parasols at all the family reunions. ok, seriously, our mom sent me a video a few days ago. She pronounced siren as si-rene. I've watched it and laughed about it several times. My SO thinks I've gone completely around the bend.


edit: Sandy, how do you raise the ring finger so high?! Both of mine are so crooked that I cannot lift them more than a half inch. :pout:

zip
09-01-2007, 02:55 PM
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Shandeh
09-02-2007, 01:40 AM
Oh Sandy, you have an accent. It isn't terribly thick or heavy, it's rather delicate and appealing. But it still reminds me of ice tea on a shady porch.

Well, I DO declare! :teehee:

I'm glad you like the accent, my friend. :hug:

When I was in my twenties, I was doing a presentation for a group of doctors at a conference. When the conference was over, they filled out an evaluation form. Several of them commented on my accent. One of them said, "I could listen to that accent all day." :roflhard:

Shandeh
09-02-2007, 01:42 AM
edit: Sandy, how do you raise the ring finger so high?! Both of mine are so crooked that I cannot lift them more than a half inch. :pout:

SKILL, girl....SKILL :teehee:

newamy
09-05-2007, 12:33 PM
I have completed my portion of the blanket. Seems like an awful quick trip to Oregon. I did take it to my co-worker's house last Sunday, but we were the only 2 knitters there. She loved it and thought it was amazing that I was part of such a unique project.

I did a striped slip stitch pattern. I hope the blanket doesn't look too busy. It is very light sage green and a tweedy purple.

This is a really fun project and my only regret is not being able to see the finished blanket in person.

I will get the blanket all packed up today and ready to send when I have the mailing information.

letah75
09-05-2007, 12:46 PM
:passedout: beautiful!

HollyP
09-06-2007, 08:55 AM
I :heart:love:heart: it! Great job NewAmy!:thumbsup:

Shandeh
09-06-2007, 02:52 PM
I wanna keep it for myself! :waah:

newamy
09-09-2007, 07:02 PM
I finally have mjscott's mailing info and am shipping the blanket to her tomorrow. So it's on the move again.

Shandeh
09-09-2007, 10:24 PM
Woo Hoo! We're on the MOVE!
:happydance:

Shandeh
09-14-2007, 03:26 AM
I just heard from mjscott. Our blanket has arrived safely!!
:cheering:

Shandeh
09-28-2007, 03:11 AM
mjscott just finished working on the blanket, and is ready to send it to the next knitter! Yippee! :happydance:

GennyLynn1962
09-28-2007, 09:27 AM
Wow, we have a bunch of fast knitters out there! :X:

Shandeh
09-28-2007, 03:45 PM
I know! It's WONDERFUL! cloud9

HamaLee
10-01-2007, 10:56 AM
I can't wait....I'm bursting with excitment over here.:aww:

HollyP
10-01-2007, 01:49 PM
Only 4 more people and it gets to me!!!!!:woot: It looks great everyone!

HamaLee
10-09-2007, 04:34 PM
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE!!!!

The blanket has officially arrived in Massachusetts! :woohoo::woot::yay:

I haven't even had time to open it up, except to check and make sure all is safe and sound (which it is). I have a busy night, but I promise to take pictures before bed and I'll post them at work tomorrow. Maybe you all can help me choose some yarn.:mrgreen:

HollyP
10-09-2007, 05:30 PM
:woot:Soo glad it made it there safe!

HamaLee
10-09-2007, 06:23 PM
:woot:Soo glad it made it there safe!

It did and really folks, the pictures don't do it justice. It's just beautiful in person, really lovely.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2223/1526925442_55c974dcea.jpg


And mjscott thank you so much for the lovely goodies. Here's a pic with the traveling journal.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2249/1526056659_5ee80ae7d8.jpg

There's some Caron Simply Soft in a nice bone color (I'm super excited about that...I've been toying with making a sweater with this yarn for ages but I've never used it before. Now I can play!). Also some Peaches'n'Creme and a very fun stripey colorway. And then some LionBran Microspun in a perfect Halloween orange (so soft!). I love Microspun colors so much.

I pulled out some stash and laid it near the top of the blanket, I hope you can help me decide.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2357/1526060141_8f683cd424.jpg

So there's a light purple, a dark purple and a salmony color that go nicely with what's been happening at the top of the blanket. But I'm hesitant to use more purple since there's so much of it already.

Then there's a couple blue options: (starting from the right) the lighter blue which is a dark baby blue, a variegated colorway that has blue, pinks, and purples, and then another variegated blues yarn (reminds me of denim).

Then of course there's the yellow, but it doesn't quite match the sunny Florida yellow. And there's also some RedHeart "fleck" as well...but I don't know if it'll look dingy compared to the rest of the blanket.

Here's another pic farther away with the yarn:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/1526929174_507ebf7112.jpg


WHat do you all think?

Shandeh
10-09-2007, 07:40 PM
I like the yellow, because I think the blanket needs some "brightening up".
:sun:

HollyP
10-09-2007, 08:09 PM
I like the yellow and the ball of blues and pinks directly to its right. Both are lovely with the blanket.
What stitch pattern are you doing? I can't wait to see.

Jan in CA
10-09-2007, 10:33 PM
I think it's due for some yellow at the top, too! :thumbsup:

HamaLee
10-09-2007, 10:56 PM
Yellow it is! It's a nice cheerful yellow, I'll play with a brief swatch to make sure it's a matching gauge. It looks like worsted to me, but it's a bag of mill end...so there's no way to tell.

Here's a silly question...what size are those needles traveling with the blanket? I don't think my knitpicks needle sizer is telling the truth.

jeanius80
10-10-2007, 12:46 AM
i think it's an 8.. and i was voting yellow too :teehee:

Shandeh
10-10-2007, 06:24 AM
Yay!!! Yellow is one of my FAVORITE colors! :cheering:

And I think the needle is a size 8, but I could be wrong.
All these oddball projects are swimming around in my head, getting mixed up. :teehee:

Cristy
10-11-2007, 02:17 PM
can I just say I am SOOOO excited that this blanket is close to me....I am hoping to have touched it by the end of Nov....is that unreasonable??!!?

About how long is it averaging at each person's house?

Shandeh
10-11-2007, 04:01 PM
Cristy, I'm so glad you're excited! :)

Each knitter gets two weeks with the blanket.

Cristy
10-11-2007, 04:21 PM
yes, but are they taking all two weeks?!??!

Cristy excitedly takes out the calculator and calendar...

newamy
10-11-2007, 08:29 PM
I actually liked the salmon with that darker green, but yellow may be good too. I thought the needles were big- like a 10.

I'm glad to see the blanket again.

Christy- I was done in a week, but then had to wait for mailing info.

Shandeh
10-12-2007, 12:55 AM
Exactly. And some people have kept the blanket longer than planned. (A few people kept it a month. :help:)

Here's the process:
The blanket is mailed to the next knitter, with a delivery confirmation number sent to the recipient. Sometimes the package is sent quickly...other times it gets held up in the mail.

When the next knitter receives the blanket, they knit their part, then they contact me to get the next knitter's info.

I then contact the following knitter to see if they are ready for the blanket. Sometimes, they respond immediately. Other times, they respond the next day, or two days later, or not at all. I usually only wait two days for their response.

If they don't respond, I move on to the knitter after them, and wait for THEM to respond to say they are ready.

Usually the next knitter is ready, because most of us are excited about the project.

When I get a knitter that is ready to go, I contact the person with the blanket, and give them the mailing info.

Then, it's up to the person with the blanket to get it to the post office and mail it off.

It would be nice if things went quicker, but everyone is living their lives and dealing with their own issues. It's not a perfect world. :shrug:

HamaLee
10-12-2007, 11:32 PM
I starrrrrted tonight!:woohoo:
I went with the yellow and I've got a few rows done (wow 300 stitches is a LOT).

Tomorrow is my self-imposed last chance to decide if I want to stick with this stitch pattern or not. If it's a go I'll tell ya what it is :eyebrow:. I hope to get the bulk of my section done this weekend. :thumbsup:

Shandeh
10-13-2007, 10:13 AM
Thank you, Hama Lee! :hug:
You're FAST! :thumbsup:

HamaLee
10-14-2007, 10:36 PM
Ok! Here's a progress pic, to whet your appetites.

I actually ended up having to rip out what I'd accomplished the other night, b/c I felt like the stitch pattern needed more structure. So this is what I ended up with: It's the Trinity stitch pattern, broken up by 4 stitch columns of stockinette. So it works out to 4 bobbles, then 4 stitches stockinette, 4 bobbles, 4 stockinette, etc. And both ends have a 2 stitch garter "border." It makes a nice frame for the bobbles/lacy feel of the patter. I think it looks nice so far. And oh yeah, and 3 (or was it 4?) rows garter at the beginning of my section and I'll end with 3 rows garter for symmetry and so the next person is knitting from clean, basic knit stitches. Yay.

Here's a not so great pic, I really wish my camera could do clearer close ups. I'd say I'm about halfway done.

Shandeh
10-15-2007, 04:10 AM
Very nice! I love how careful you are with your knitting!
:)

newamy
10-15-2007, 11:24 PM
That looks great and is creative too.

HollyP
10-16-2007, 10:42 AM
Looking good HamaLee!!:yay:

HamaLee
10-16-2007, 12:49 PM
So close!

I'd estimate that I have one more pattern row and then my garter top border and I'll be done! I want to take it somewhere to get decent pictures, maybe at my volunteer office...lots of light and layout space there. :thumbsup:

I go out on a limb and say I'll be ready to mail by Friday--which leaves me time to get paid :teehee:, photographed, and bundled up! Yay:woot:I'll make sure to post pics and email Sandy when I'm ready!

Shandeh
10-16-2007, 03:09 PM
Good work, HamaLee! :thumbsup:

HamaLee
10-18-2007, 08:55 AM
My section is done! It looks nice with the whole blanket (which is huge!) I put the blanked on my 60inch Options cables and it was still a bit scrunched. It's going to be great when it's finished and will easily cover a bed. It was really nice to be knitting with the rest of it warming up my lap.

Here are some finished pics:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2267/1603506537_c005544550.jpg

And a close up:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/1603508049_6814a781ec.jpg

The color is off here, but I think you can see the bobbles better:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2135/1603509357_5c8f736116.jpg

Shandeh
10-18-2007, 09:16 AM
All I can say is WOW!
:passedout:

Our blanket is GORGEOUS!!!! And I LOVE your stitch design!

HamaLee, would you please do us a favor, and let us know how long the blanket is now?

I need to do a final evaluation on how many more knitters should be working on it.

HamaLee
10-18-2007, 10:15 AM
Sure, I'll measure it tonight. It doesn't cover my whole bed yet and my mattress is a standard full size.

HollyP
10-18-2007, 10:45 AM
Hey oddball knitters! I just found out I am getting the blanket next:woohoo: so I thought I would ask for your opinions. What color should I do? I have a couple of ideas for what stitch pattern I want to do but no ideas on color(s). Any thoughts?

letah75
10-18-2007, 11:37 AM
ohhh, beeeeeeautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shandeh
10-18-2007, 02:11 PM
Hey oddball knitters! I just found out I am getting the blanket next:woohoo: so I thought I would ask for your opinions. What color should I do? I have a couple of ideas for what stitch pattern I want to do but no ideas on color(s). Any thoughts?

I think the blanket is due for some red. :heart:

HollyP
10-18-2007, 05:15 PM
I was kind of thinking the same thing.I really like the autumn red Simply Soft. Anyone else have an opinion?

HamaLee
10-18-2007, 09:56 PM
I was kind of thinking the same thing.I really like the autumn red Simply Soft. Anyone else have an opinion?

Ooh I just started a project in Simply Soft and I LOVE it. Like serious, serious love :inlove:. I've worked with many nice wools but I can't wear them next to my skin and the Simply Soft is just sooooooo smushy and nice. So I vote for that! :thumbsup:

Update on the afghan length: I have some strange measuring-tape deficiencies, but I'm getting a length between 50 and 52 inches depending on how I hold it.

I'm packing things up and HollyP I hope to have it in the mail to you by lunchtime tomorrow.

newamy
10-19-2007, 08:07 PM
Hammalee- Your section looks beautiful!!! :inlove:

HollyP
10-20-2007, 01:21 AM
Ooh I just started a project in Simply Soft and I LOVE it. Like serious, serious love :inlove:. I've worked with many nice wools but I can't wear them next to my skin and the Simply Soft is just sooooooo smushy and nice. So I vote for that! :thumbsup:


I love being agreed with! All day I was watching my 3 yr old godson whose favorite sentence is no. I will not!
I got the delivery confirmation and will start stalking my mailman early next week. He is going to think I have a serious crush on him.:teehee: I have been stalking him for weeks now first for the swap, then for some yarn my SIL sent me, now the blanket and some sock yarn from HelloKitty.

HollyP
10-22-2007, 02:04 PM
I just got a call while in between classes and the blanket has arrived at my house! :happydance:I'll post more later, just wanted to ease everyone's minds about the shipping.

HamaLee
10-22-2007, 02:16 PM
:woot::woohoo:

Shandeh
10-22-2007, 10:03 PM
Yippee! :yay:

GennyLynn1962
10-26-2007, 10:19 AM
Our blanket is all grown up. :cry:


:teehee:

It looks great!! All of you are very talented.

Shandeh
10-26-2007, 08:24 PM
Our blanket is all grown up. :cry:
SO true!! We only have 4 knitters left! :cheering:

hellokitty165
10-26-2007, 10:30 PM
Good job everyone !!!!! though i am not in this one but i will continue to cheer you on !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :hug: :muah: :heart: :thumbsup: :woot: :cheering: :happydance: :yay: :waving: :blooby: :sun: :balloons:

HollyP
10-29-2007, 03:41 PM
I am almost done with my section. I actually finished last night then noticed a mistake a few rows back that I want to fix before I send it on. I should be done tonight! I hope the next knitter is ready! I'll post pics once my mistake is gone!

Cristy
10-30-2007, 09:38 AM
me me...I'm ready! :cheering: :woot:

Dangles
10-30-2007, 11:11 PM
From an OBCB #2 knitter to you all, you've all have done wonderful work so far, keep it up! :hug:

HamaLee
10-31-2007, 10:32 AM
:cheering::cheering:
HollyP I got your card, I'm glad you liked the yarn! :heart:
Can't wait to see pics.

misha rf
11-02-2007, 11:55 AM
And I'm after Cristy!! It's almost finally to me!! :woohoo:

HollyP
11-04-2007, 02:18 PM
Hey everyone! I am so sorry for the delay on sending the blanket. I have been so sick since the beginning of the week. I am finally feeling better today and realized tomorrow will be the end of my 2 weeks. I had no intention of keeping it this long! I did finish the blanket and will be sending it on to Cristy first thing tomorrow. As promised here are the pictures! I use Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red. My stitch pattern was from the 365 stitches calender and is called Loop Pattern from Dec 14th. The second picture was taken on my queen sized bed to show the length of it. I have had so much fun knitting this. Whoever gets this will be a very lucky person!

Shandeh
11-05-2007, 12:05 AM
Poor Holly! :pout: I'm sorry you've been sick, my friend. http://bestsmileys.com/comfort/2.gif
You did a fine job with the blanket. Thanks so much!

HollyP
11-09-2007, 05:20 PM
I just checked the delivery confirmation and it says it was delivered this afternoon! I can't wait to see what Cristy does with it!! I am sure it will be great.

Shandeh
11-10-2007, 09:03 PM
:cheering:

Shandeh
11-13-2007, 02:17 PM
Cristy, how are things going with the blanket?

Cristy
11-22-2007, 06:26 PM
:cheering: Hi guys!

The blanket is going well; I have a few pictures to share but am at my mom's house right now doing the Thanksgiving thing so I haven't been able to post them! My two weeks are up tomorrow and I'm right on track to mail tomorrow or first thing Sat. morning. I've had so much fun with the blanket but had to "detour" in the middle; my husband and I went to NY for an anniversary trip but we returned yesterday and I was able to get a lot done on the blanket today!

Are you ready Misha? I've emailed Shandeh for the next address....


Cristy

Shandeh
11-22-2007, 08:47 PM
Yay! Good job, Cristy. :thumbsup:

I just sent a message to the next knitter to see if they are ready. I'll let you know.

misha rf
11-23-2007, 11:31 PM
I can't wait til it gets here!!!!!! :woot:

Cristy
11-28-2007, 11:41 PM
I haven't had a chance to post pics to the thread to show off the blanket so I wanted to take a moment to do so....The blanket is finally on it's way to Misha--I had intended to mail it a couple of days eariler but my ENTIRE family came down with a nasty stomach bug and I'm just getting back to holding down food so all is well now.

Holly sent me a great little gift inside of the blanket box...look below at the attachments to see what I've been enjoying for the past two weeks...my husband and children are also happy that I received Holly's yummy little treat!!! Thanks HOLLY!!!!!

The other picture is the blanket--I did a basketweave pattern for about 2 inches. I really wanted to do a 3rd "row" of the pattern but since I had the blanket over Thanksgiving and my trip away for my anniversary, I found my time to be cut short by family visits and traveling! I was scared to take the blanket on my trip even thought I would have loved to knit on the plane--I had horrible thoughts of leaving it on the subway in new york...:)\

Anyway--the blanket looks great so far and I'm so proud to have been part of the 1st oddball blanket!!! I can't wait to see what Misha has to add--and of course, the final product!!!

misha rf
11-28-2007, 11:48 PM
It looks lovely!! I can't wait to see it! Now I've got to go through my stash to see what color will work best with what you've done. Or use it as an excuse to buy more yarn. :rofl:

I like your treat! We've got that in our pantry. It's soooo yummy!

Glad you're feeling better!!!:hug:

Shandeh
11-29-2007, 10:58 AM
I'm glad you're getting better! :hug:

The blanket looks great!

HollyP
11-29-2007, 11:35 AM
Looks great Cristy! I can't believe it is almost done. Where has all the time gone?
I hope you guys are feeling better soon. I'm glad you all are enjoying the hot chocolate!

Cristy
11-30-2007, 12:38 PM
Yep, feeling better now and excited about seeing it completed. The hot chocolate has become my new favorite evening treat!

misha rf
12-01-2007, 10:09 PM
It's here!!!! :woohoo:

It's soooooo pretty!!

Cristy, thank you so much for the stitch markers--they are gorgeous!! :inlove:

I made myself wait to open the box until I'd showered & removed all traces of wolfdog. :teehee: I made my husband come out for the unveiling. We put it on the dining room table, and almost immediately, our pastel tortie b*tch cat jumped up on it! She was promtply removed--no damage done, thank goodness. The Husband grabbed her quickly--he knew she'd be a dead kitty if anything happened to the blanket! :rofl:

I'll post pics when I'm done with my section.