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Woodi
06-15-2009, 07:40 AM
Now it's going to be the parents' afghan, need to restart my Grandson's 'blue blankey". I made one for each of his two sisters, and he is anxiously awaiting his.

Unfortunately, I put too many stitches on the needle....no wonder it's taking so long! What was I thinking (guess I wasn't...)
http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/TylerBlankey.JPG

yarncharmer
06-15-2009, 08:56 AM
Woodi, that looks great! I like the texture of the yarn between the color changes. I always love your blankets - they're a lot of fun. I'm sure you're parents will love it.

AH1OZ
06-15-2009, 09:06 AM
i did that with my first blanket... still on the needles (5 yrs later.... only about a foot done!)

looks great tho!!

Woodi
06-15-2009, 09:34 AM
Thanks, gals. I'm off to search for some bulky yarn today, so I can quickly knit up a giant dishcloth afghan for my grandson. He's feeling left out, cuz his sisters have theirs already.

I mustn't put the larger one away, else I'll never get back to it. It will make a good cozy fall project for our Friday morning knitting group.

knittingymnast
06-15-2009, 11:05 AM
It looks great so far! I love those colors!

Woodi
06-15-2009, 04:54 PM
I'm back from shopping (and dentist - ouch). This is what I bought to begin a new blankey for my 6-year old grandson, will begin it tonight:

5 ounces each ball. They only had 3 of these or I'd have bought more.

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/NuBluYarn.JPG

but they also had 3 of this color, so I bought it too:

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/NuMixYarn.JPG

I hope the two go well together. I will make wide stripes, can't wait to begin.

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/New2Yarns.JPG

Do you think 30 ounces will be enough? or overkill.....??? Perhaps there will be enough for 2 blankeys.... (these days, I'm a blanket-knitting fool)

Now: what pattern? All stockinette? all garter stitch? Make it like a giant square dishcloth? It needs to knit up quickly.

MerigoldinWA
06-15-2009, 06:22 PM
I have a bunch of that natural colored tweed yarn myself. I love it. Your yarns look like they will make interesting color blocks for a boy.

On the big one---I'm with you, if I put that away it would never see the light of day. Good resolve to hang in there and finish it.

ArtLady1981
06-16-2009, 05:07 AM
Wow! Your perseverance is inspiring! Go Woodi, Go!

Woodi
06-16-2009, 06:24 AM
Thanks gals. I started with the new yarn last night, and am disappointed in how rough it feels. I hadn't really figured the soft/hard factor. Don't boys like soft things too? Poor Tyler....Perhaps I can make at least one top edge softer, with some other yarn (for the end that goes close to his face).....?

gotta knit
06-16-2009, 08:58 AM
Great idea finishing the original for the parents.

The new yarn colours are great. If you're worried about the roughness, maybe a border in softer yarn would help?

yarncharmer
06-16-2009, 09:11 AM
I like the colors of your yarn you chose! I've heard that the RH will really soften up once you wash it - it's the sizing they use that makes it so rough.

I'm working on an afghan right now that called for 28 oz of Red Heart; it's supposed to measure 43 by 60 inches. You hold two strands together throughout, and use size 15 needles. I'm using size 13, and my width is at 42 or 43 inches, but I question whether it's going to be as long as it's supposed to be, probably because my needles are smaller than the pattern said.

Anyway, all that to say that your 30 oz should be enough to make a good sized kid-blankey. :cool:

Be sure to post pics - I'd love to see the colors together.

lulubell
06-16-2009, 10:51 PM
Thanks gals. I started with the new yarn last night, and am disappointed in how rough it feels. I hadn't really figured the soft/hard factor. Don't boys like soft things too? Poor Tyler....Perhaps I can make at least one top edge softer, with some other yarn (for the end that goes close to his face).....?

Try washing it when it is finished and put some fabric conditioner in the final rinse water, it may just soften it up enough.

MMMMMMMMM on second thoughts children always have their blankies up near their faces and noses, so perhaps the chemicals in fabric softeners are not the best idea for such close contact.

wezyus
06-17-2009, 04:24 AM
Gr8 jobs ...the color matching is nice n lovely

Woodi
06-17-2009, 06:15 AM
Good idea, gottaknit (and others)....a soft border may help.

Here's what I swatch-tested last night:

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitMany.JPG

from L to R:
both yarns held tog, garter stitch
garter stitch multi-colored yarn
garter blue only
garter multi again
stockinette multi

Then blue only in stockinette
http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitBlue.JPG


AND: blue alone; and both held tog.

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitBoth.JPG

Now I've confused myself, not sure what I want to do...preferences?

Holding both together will make the blankey go faster, but it will be thicker and more rigid. I'm using size 9mm in these pics.

yarncharmer
06-17-2009, 06:12 PM
I like the look of the multi one in stockinette - it looks really pretty! The blue one looks nice in either stockinette or garter. Maybe you could use stripes of multi stockinette and blue garter? Then you'd add some texture to it, too. If you did the diagonal baby blanket and then had diagonal stripes that would be very cool, too!

Woodi
07-02-2009, 07:30 PM
http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/TylersBlank.JPG


http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/TyBcloser.JPG

I got 17 inches knitted now, and it's 46 inches wide. I keep changing the stripes....one is all garter stitch, so it stands out; the next is stockinette stitch, think I'll stay with this, or maybe make a few more 'bumps' just for texture.

Here it is closer. I do believe my knitting is getting smoother, improving. Hallelujah! I really love to knit.
I can't remember what size I made for the girls! Wish I had kept notes.

auntcrafty
07-02-2009, 08:29 PM
Looks great!

WandaT
07-05-2009, 10:54 PM
Beatiful!!! Love how it's turning out!

motherpink
07-06-2009, 02:31 AM
Woodi they will go fantastically together. I get carried away with my knitting. I keep forgetting adding sts with my sweater:teehee:

yarncharmer
07-06-2009, 09:28 AM
I love it, Woodi! It looks great so far. I'm sure your grandson will love it too.

Anarfea
07-06-2009, 12:42 PM
Good idea, gottaknit (and others)....a soft border may help.

Here's what I swatch-tested last night:

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitMany.JPG

from L to R:
both yarns held tog, garter stitch
garter stitch multi-colored yarn
garter blue only
garter multi again
stockinette multi

Then blue only in stockinette
http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitBlue.JPG


AND: blue alone; and both held tog.

http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/KnitBoth.JPG

Now I've confused myself, not sure what I want to do...preferences?

Holding both together will make the blankey go faster, but it will be thicker and more rigid. I'm using size 9mm in these pics.

I like the look of both yarns held together. I think the garter is most interesting but the stockinette is nice too.

If your worried about it being rigit you could try going up a needle size.

margrue
07-10-2009, 01:49 AM
I make a lot of childrens' things with Red Heart Yarn because it wears like iron, and it does feel rough when you are working with it. A couple of trips through the washer and dryer with a little fabric softener and it will be much softer to the touch.
Your tweed and print yarns together should make a handsome boy's blanket.

melmac51
07-15-2009, 05:00 PM
It's really beautiful! I like the larger solid stripes and the smaller variegated stripes. How long are your circs?

Woodi
08-03-2009, 05:20 PM
I've been going great guns with this blanket. It is now 60 inches long, by 68 wide. I want it to be about 80 inches long, so have 20 inches to go. Here it is today:
http://www.soapmaker.ca/SoapPics/TyBinAug.JPG
Grandson is eagerly awaiting it, since I gave each of his two sisters there a few months ago. I need to knit and knit! Good thing we are having a cool summer here, with lots of rain.

Jan in CA
08-03-2009, 11:07 PM
Wow, it's going to be huge, but it's beautiful!

wezyus
08-04-2009, 12:56 AM
Really beautiful ...i like it