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Old 12-27-2007, 12:14 AM   #1
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Do all my projects have a story? YES. So this was suppose to be gifted (and was actually) for my cousin's baby shower in October. BUT, in my hurried state of finishing this (the day of the shower) I accidentally sewed the crochet edging inside the blanket when attaching the backing. Go figure. Needless-to-say, I had to take back the gift immediately after giving it so it could be finished and RE-given at our next meeting which was Christmas.
Anyway, this is definitely the largest-coolest thing I've made (though the dragon scarf is totally cool too)

PATTERNS: Accumulated from lots of places or made up. See "original" post link below for more info on the patterns.

My posts regarding this project:
My "Original" Patchwork Baby Blanket thread (9/20-27/2007)
If YOU were to knit a baby blanket (7/11/2007)
Two baby showers on the same weekend (9/11/2007)
Need an edge pattern (9/25/2007)
Washing Acrylic? 10/9/2007)
(There are a couple other non-important ones where I was most likely in some state of panic, but we don't need to go there. )
More Rambling afterthoughts:
1.) ALTHOUGH it was a major PIA to knit this as one piece since I did make up a lot of it as I went along, I do believe it would have been even harder to try to get everything lined up square by square.
2.) A ceramic kitchen floor makes for an excellent grid when pinning! Just tape the fleece to the floor using tile edges as a guide then lay the backing on top; use lots of very large safety pins to secure. A drywall T-square is handy too to pin down the middle.
3.) As for the patterns the only one I am disappointed in is the dinosaur. The yellow on red shows through too much.
4.) It looks way better with the patterns in color and duplicate stitching on the purl side is nearly impossible. So do the pattern in color, but use a knit stitch rather than a purl.
5.) The 3D fish are way too cool!
6.) Sewing the the knit and fleece together is best accomplished using transparent thread mostly because I can't sew a straight line.
7.) DO NOT skimp on the fleece backing. ONLY buy No-Pill stuff!
8.) Simply accept before you start that not every square will lie completely flat due to the different borders and patterns.
9.) When someone praises you for such a wonderful hand made item, gratefully accept and nod in your own astonishment that it came out so great!
10.) Thank every one on KH for their help! THANKS!!!
Marlene / DetroitKnitter

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Old 12-27-2007, 12:39 AM   #2
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Wow! You did that in one piece? That is awesome. I really like it and I am amazed at all the types you put into it, sewing, knitting, and crochet?!?! Wow! That is a piece that will be loved forever.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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That looks amazing. Wonderful gift.
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:49 AM   #4
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That is amazing.. you did a fabulous job.

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Old 12-27-2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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WOW! I was actually thinking about your blanket the other day. I wondered if you had finished it yet.
Well ! It is just beautiful. You did a wonderful job and i am sure that this a gift that will be handed down.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:16 PM   #6
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How cute is that!!
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:38 PM   #7
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Thanks for the nice compliments! Rita, I wondered if anyone wondered what happened to the blanket since I hadn't posted a FO picture of it. Now you know the rest of the story. :D
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:56 PM   #8
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Wow. It's waaaaay cool.

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Old 12-27-2007, 10:10 PM   #9
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It came out great! I remember seeing you post after completing each piece.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:40 PM   #10
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That is just beautiful!! All the squares are so much fun. Great colors.
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