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Old 02-18-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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The 'Global economic downturn' has finally hit this remote corner of the world and I find myself financially embarressed for a couple of weeks (thankfully I know it will pass then and think of all the people who cannot say the same).

I had been planning to start a baby blanket for a cousin of mine who is expecting his 1st child. He is more like a brother really and was very good to me when I first came here to Ireland. I had planned to knit in a lovely soft cashmerino but its pricey! So now I have no project!

My stress levels are beginning to rise and I can soon see myself heading to Ravelry to find a pattern to use up all my left-over yarn.

Maybe I should resort to crime to feed my habit?
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:26 PM   #2
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You know...there is a baby LOG CABIN blanket that's a wonderful gift and would put your left-overs to good use! It would look like a "perfectly planned" blanket! Something that can be used EVERY DAY, not just for special occasions. I personally love those everyday blankies!

Free Ravelry download!

Here was one of mine! For granddaughter, Celeste!




And the "boy blanket" free pattern is here!

Also 100% stash leftovers! Ravelry notes here.
Both blankets are seamless!
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Old 02-18-2010, 07:00 PM   #3
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I unravel commercial sweaters & reuse the yarn. A women's sweater should give you enough yarn for a baby blanket. Yes, it is more work. But it has been a big budget help to me.

Look for a sweater with a yarn weight, fiber content & color similar to what you want. For a blanket you can always adjust needle size, so focus on fiber & color. Next, check the seams. You want seams that are stitched together-not overcast sewn. Bring it home. Wash & dry it. Then take out the seams & skein the yarn. It won't be perfectly smooth. But I can usually knit with it anyway.

Added-I buy used sweaters at a secondhand or thrift store. Not new ones. Duh, forgot to mention that at first.

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Old 02-18-2010, 07:42 PM   #4
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My husband has a choice, quit smoking and tell me I can't buy yarn or suck it up and abandon plans for a new shop built in the back where I have plans for landscaping anyway...

I'm a pretty mean negotiator

I do remember when the kids were little and money was oh so tight and I discovered yarn at the charity shops. Yes it was cheap, but it was washable and I got my knitting fix in. I did tons of blankets and throws with that yarn. I have many "patchwork" blankies from that era, and I keep the to remember when I really could not afford anything more than the cheap stuff at Volde-Mart and I thought that was the high life. And I knit everything on the Size 10 circulars I had because it did the job and was the only set of needles I owned. I was always "financially mortified" back then and I look back now and shudder to think of how many times we barely made it. Perhaps that's why we're so close-knit now?

I wish you an economic windfall. And like you Irish like to say, may you live in interesting times.
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Lie Artlady, I made a couple of Log Cabins. It is a great project and doesn't have to be a costly project. I love these and will make more. I plan on starting one in a couple of weeks. It's great for using leftovers and stashbusting.

The 1st was for my DD


The 2nd was a charity gift



I hope things get better for you soon. Remember, no matter what you make will, it will be loved.
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A life of crime seems to make the most sense.
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Although crime may seem really tempting sometimes, I like the log cabin look. It uses yarn you probably already have, and the baby will love anything soft and warm. You can always knit the other blanket once you get back on your feet. I have knit my daughter many a sweater out of the "cheap" yarn when I could only afford that, and she has always loved it because mommy made it.
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:04 PM   #8
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A life of crime to support my knitting habit.............Nope, somehow I can't see that. But I guess I'd have lots of time to knit in the hoockie.

That is a cute log cabin blanket. Where can I find the pattern?
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Use stash yarn! If you don't have enough for a blanket in one color you could use multiple colors. Just make sure it's the same type of yarn..or at least the same weight and washability. If you want you could do a hat and booties instead, too.

Hang in there, we've all been there!
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:10 PM   #10
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A life of crime to support my knitting habit.............Nope, somehow I can't see that. But I guess I'd have lots of time to knit in the hoockie.

That is a cute log cabin blanket. Where can I find the pattern?
The pattern I used is from Mason Dixon Knitting , but I found this on Rav. Same concept. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/libr...ld-a-log-cabin
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