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Old 06-16-2009, 09:11 AM   #11
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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.

Be sure to post pics - I'd love to see the colors together.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:51 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Woodi View Post
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.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:24 AM   #13
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Gr8 jobs ...the color matching is nice n lovely
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:15 AM   #14
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Good idea, gottaknit (and others)....a soft border may help.

Here's what I swatch-tested last night:



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



AND: blue alone; and both held tog.



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.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:12 PM   #15
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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!
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Old 07-02-2009, 07:30 PM   #16
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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.

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Old 07-02-2009, 08:29 PM   #17
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Looks great!
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Beatiful!!! Love how it's turning out!
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:31 AM   #19
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Woodi they will go fantastically together. I get carried away with my knitting. I keep forgetting adding sts with my sweater
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:28 AM   #20
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I love it, Woodi! It looks great so far. I'm sure your grandson will love it too.
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