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Old 08-26-2009, 01:16 AM   #1081
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Good news! We have received "lovely!"

Bad news! In a fit of enthusiasm (and also in an effort to finish early so my daughter can have a little extra time on her part of it) I started on it. I was using a Baby Bruswick yarn, and it turned out to be way too thin. (The gauge on the band is 32 sts/4" on #3 needles.) I did four rows of this pattern and it looked like lace. I already frogged it & will try again tomorrow.
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:29 AM   #1082
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Our Blankets are Really Special…and Here’s Why!!!
I received this PM from Shandeh, the originator of the Oddball Blankets Project, who gave me permission to share it with the group. The Thank You note is about a worsted weight blanket called Dogwood. It was knit by gmmarton, missyjoon, robkat317, knitterluvspurls, bobi1218 and knittinginhudson.

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Hi Gail!

We just got this message in the moderator’s forum email box. Thought you would like to see it. Feel free to share the message with your group. Shandeh

Dear Gail M., Melissa K., Kathy A., Robin P., Robyn P., and Brenda L.:

My two month old daughter just spent three days at the PICU at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. It was a very frightening time for me and my husband. We are happy to report that she is home and doing well.

What a nice and beautiful surprise to have a home made worsted weight blank delivered to us! It really lifted my spirits to see such a beautiful piece in such a drab and sterile hospital room. I can’t wait to tell my daughter the story of how the beautiful blanket came to be hers. It currently adorns the crib in her room at home.
I just wanted to formally thank you for the wonderful work you do. It was greatly appreciated by these nervous parents!

Laura and Rich


It is so nice to really see that we are making a difference with our Oddball Baby Blankets, one family at a time.

Congratulations, all!

You folks Rock!!
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Old 08-27-2009, 12:29 AM   #1083
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What a nice note!

I need some advice.

This pattern I'm trying to use is turning out kind of hole-y.



What do you think? Is it OK? I expected it to be denser from that shot and also this one and this one. I know we need to avoid lace-ish stuff for these blankets?
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:14 AM   #1084
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I think you might need to change up the pattern to reflect a tighter weave, especially if you are working on a preemie baby blanket.

Hope that doesn't create too much stress for you!
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Bah. I took a closer look at what I'd done and couldn't see where the pattern was coming out at all. It turned out I was knitting it wrong! For the Left Twist I was putting the needle into the back of the second stitch from the front instead of from the back. I think that's the root of the problem. That's the second frog... maybe I should just put in a lifeline for the next try!
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Old 08-27-2009, 07:46 PM   #1086
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Looking for Knitters on a New Worsted Weight Blanket!
Sugarmagknowya has graciously offered to start a new worsted weight baby blanket for us. Sunflowers will be knit in shades of yellows, greens, and browns.

If you are interested, let me know!

The lineup so far:

sugarmagknowya (casting on)
gmmarton
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Many thanks!
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:41 PM   #1087
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there's a new preemie blanket Baby Bird the colors are blue, white and yellow. if you want to knit on it let Spikey know
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:05 PM   #1088
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I have finally begun my section on Tiny Dancer! The weather is just right for having a little blankie sitting on my lap now. Thank goodness! Luckily I had yarn to use for that one in my stash, thanks to the generosity of all you lovely people who send yarn gifts along with the blankets.

I did something to my knee over the weekend and am pretty much out of commission for a while. I sit in my recliner with a pillow under it and an ice pack over it, either knitting or crocheting or poking around on my laptop. Sounds like a nice way to spend the day, until that's ALL you can do! Anyway, I guess that means I should be able to finish this one up pretty quickly.

I'm doing a pretty pink in Farrow Rib, then bordering it in yellow. Should be pretty when finished...what am I saying? It already IS pretty!

Anyway, just thought I'd let you know I'm working on it! The worsted blanket I have will require a trip to the store for yarn, so I'll just wait until I finish this one and see how mobile I am. My husband just might have to take me yarn shopping! Oh my!

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Thanks for the post, MGM. However, as much as you are finding the time for knitting (and a little crochet, no doubt), I'm so sorry to hear that you are confined right now. Please know that I am sending you healing thoughts for a speedy recovery.

My best always...
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:52 AM   #1090
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Attention Northeast Oddball Knitters:

We still have openings on our newest preemie Oddball blankets.
Liberty Belle (“girly” colors): Slots 3, 4, 5 and border patrol are open.

Baby Bird (blues/yellows/whites): Slots 3, 4, 5 and border patrol are open.

Moonlight Sonata: Slot 5 and border patrol are open.

If you are interested, please post on the Thread or send me a PM.

Let’s get these slots filled before our dear Spikey comes back!!!

Thanks, all…
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