I’ve been busy just relaxing this summer and haven’t been writing or even taking many photos. Staying in the air-conditioning is the perfect rx for this time of the year and I am looking forward to Autumn with all its colors and cooler temps. Our garden is keeping us busy with a bounty of food and beautiful sunflowers for the birds to eat.
I’ve also been baking goodies and knitting. I have a shawl on knitting needles which I work on from time to time and I’ve begun a blaze-orange knitted hat for my husband (finished one for myself) and yesterday I just had to begin knitting a simplistic but beautiful blanket using the garter stitch and i-cord edge and it is going to be a yarn-eater so that I can reduce my rather large yarn stash.
I found this very popular “Garter Squish” blanket pattern on Ravelry.com and here is the information I have composed so far, which will explain it to you:
Name: “Delorable” Garter Squshy
I chose this name because I think this is going to be both ‘delicious’ and ‘adorable.’
After days of viewing all of the beautiful ones that other Ravelers have made (and constantly thinking about this project-even while working!), I just had to stop working on my other knitted items to at least get this started. I have so very much yarn (majority is acrylic) and I want to reduce my stash. Everyone says that this project will do just that and it is a simplistic but beautiful project with the garter stitch (some days I just want something simple to knit). I can’t wait for this to be complete! Will add photos as I go along on this and hope to have it complete by the time ‘old man winter’ sets in here in the Mid-Atlantic (sounds like it may be another cold and snowy winter for us!).
Organize/group my yarns by color family
Knit with two strands help together
Use a yarn from each color family which is an ombre/gradient along side of a solid in that same color family
Use Russian Join method for attaching yarns to each other
The width of each color segment will be determined by the yarn as I go along in this project. I think with various widths of color segments the blanket will look much better than having each segment the same width. We shall see what pattern emerges from the yarn!
CO 146 with the Knitted Cast On Method; began 07/30/2016
Though I am knitting with 100% acrylic yarns, which can be rough and unforgiving, I’ve noticed that the blanket seems to be softer and squshy due to the thickness of two strands being knitted together versus a single strand. Many of the yarns which I have, and want to use up, are older acrylics which are quite rough and seem to only be good enough for blankets or bags. I believe this is just the perfect project for those types of yarns which keep laying around in stashes all around the globe and are begging to be used. Before disposing of them, please consider this project.
(I will continue to update this section as I add each color family to the blanket)
As you can see from this closer image, the i-cord edge is just adorable, isn’t it?!