Yes, I have been working with some threads ... um, well, yarn.
Baby yarn from Cascade Farms -- Cherub DK
Lilac variegated 55% Nylon/45% Acrylic
The color is dreamy and the feel in the hand is extremely soft.
I usually prefer to work with natural fiber,
but to get this "hand" at this level of softness
the yarn would cost a small fortune.
And who would want to spend a small fortune for yarn
to make something that will probably be ... um ... well,
you know what babies can do to blankets and clothing!
The stitch pattern is called "Eyelet Chevrons"
from the Teach Yourself Visually Knitting book.
It's basically a practice piece for knitting eyelets,
although when I bought the yarn I had the idea to knit
a baby blanket as a shower gift ---
giving myself one week to complete the project.
Needless to say, I had to run out and buy a pretty little dress
at the last minute for the shower!
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I'm using the garter stitch for the edges to prevent the stockinette roll.
I thought I had the bottom edge even with the sides,
but it wasn't until a few hours of work into the body of the blanket
I discovered they aren't quite even.
But I keep telling myself "It's only a practice piece!"
and besides, I may fringe the bottom and top edges so
hopefully the discrepancy won't be too obvious.
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Here's a larger view of what I have completed so far.
It's about halfway done.
I thought I would get bored doing the same stitch pattern
over and over and over again ---
but no, it's not boring and it IS very de-stressing.
Except when I find a mistake one or two rows down
and I have to un-knit the piece to repair.
Sometimes I can fix without un-knitting, but when
the mistake involves the yarn over for the eyelet,
or the knit two together and/or the slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over,
I have to un-knit.
I've even been able to figure out how to fix some of the yarn over mistakes!
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It's February 1 and I decided to set some small goals
at the beginning of each month in hopes I keep my focus.
So, my goals for this month are:
1. Finish the baby blanket.
2. Learn Photoshop Elements so I can make my pictures look prettier.
3. Make a piece of lace!
I hope everyone has a great month ahead!
I still have many, many blogs to visit for the "Grow Your Blog" party.