Monthly Archives: December 2013

Baby Mena Baby Blanket

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One of my friends has asked me to make her a baby blanket for her future niece and/or nephew! Her brother is extremely catholic (though she is not) and is practicing “natural family planning” with his equally conservative, catholic wife– so she could be pregnant at any time. I figured that it was no skin off my back to do it– especially since the supplies for baby blankets are so easy to haul around! I decided to make it in strips again and here is the pattern that I’ll be using:

I’ve decided to once again utilize the Tree of Life pattern from the Tree of Life Afghan, as it does really look quite nice on baby blankets. For this blanket, especially since it is unknown what gender the baby will be, I’ve decided to use neutral colors. I’ve already got a stash of the Valley Yarns Southwick, as I have for the rest of the baby blankets that I’ve done. You can find the link to this yarn here.

Moreover, I’ve decided to put the leaves as the outside. Cliché, perhaps, but I realized out of the 3 baby blankets that I’ve already made, I’ve never done this! Might as well start now, I suppose. 

Pictures will be forthcoming after I finish all of my other projects for the holidays and actually start the project. 

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Chunky Infinity Scarf

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Supplies:

  • Valley Yarns Berkshire in Yellow (2.5 Skeins – approx 352 yards)
  • US Size 10, 30″ circular needles

You can find the pattern for this particular scarf here— for this particular project I only utilized chunkier yarn, a different color, and larger needles to take a different spin on the same pattern that I recently completed for my baby sister. This pattern went much faster, and is much thicker than the one that I made for her, and will more likely be much warmer for the person that I am gifting it to! Pictures of the project can be seen below:

measuring as I went

measuring as I went

rolled up like a cute little cinnamon bun!

rolled up like a cute little cinnamon bun!

artfully draped over computer screen

artfully draped over computer screen

Ends sewn together

Ends sewn together

Attack on Titan Blanket – Survey Corps Crest

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So I’ve decided to take another crack at colorwork while I am allowing my ex’s blanket that I’d been working on for a very long time sit for a bit before going back to it. However, this time it is for a very good friend of mine who also happens to be the other TA for the first year seminar. This knitting project, for her 21st birthday in February, is going to have to be cunningly completed over J-term and Christmas break when I am sitting in my room by myself with not much else to do. So what am I doing? I’ve decided to make her a blanket with the symbol of one of her favorite animes, Attack on Titan (2013 -). She and I watched most of it together, until such a point that I grew too impatient to watch the rest with her (she’d already seen it once through already) and watched the final few episodes by myself. I must say that I was very proud of myself for getting through this terrifying, surreal, apocalyptic narrative by myself, as this type of narrative has never been my cup of tea. The idea that I have had is that I am going to make a 5’X4′ blanket for her to snuggle up in, because she likes to be warm, and being in New England, that really isn’t a possibility between the months of November to early March.

This is a pattern that I have improvised myself, and we will see if it comes out. Currently the supplies that I have for this pattern are:

  • US Size 9, 60″ circular knitting needles
  • Berroco Vintage yarn (which can be found here at Webs store)
  • and Berroco Vintage Chunky (which can be found here from the same store)

The color that I have in the Chunky is blue, or dye lot 61191. I bought only one skein, which will be apparent when you look at the picture below. For the rest of the yarn that I purchased, it was simply Berroco vintage yarn. I purchased (as of 12/4/2013) 1 skein of black, 4 skeins of green, 1 skein of white, and 2 skeins of grey. I am positive that I will more than likely have to purchase more green yarn, but I am hopeful that since I have 868 yards of it, that I can possibly get through not needing to buy any more.

Here is a picture of the survey corps crest from Attack on Titan to give you an idea of what the middle of the blanket will look like:

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Behind the feathers, the background of the shield is grey. I plan to have the crest be 2′ across, with a 1′ border on either side in dark forest green. I also hope to do 1′ at the top and 1′ at the bottom, with 3′ of the crest going up. I am not sure, and will have to play with the measurements as I go. I will post pictures as this pattern progresses along with a definitive pattern for other people to use at their discretion.

I’ve so far created a color work pattern that looks like this, it does need some adjustments but this is roughly what the pattern looks like:

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Once I figure out the gauge of the yarn and the needles I’ll have a better understanding on how exactly the stitches will work in this pattern. Keep your eyes out for updates!

Update #1: I’ve started the crest, and am about a 1/6 of the way through it!

Cross-stitch attempt #1

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So this Christmas I decided to get a bit creative and more DIY because I’m poor and because I’m stressed out all the time because of the amount of work that I have to do on a daily basis! So, for a friend this year I decided to try my hand at embroidery/cross stitch.

She is on a dating site and she routinely gets hilarious pick up lines from straight, cis-dudely dudes, and one of the more priceless one’s was “Girl, is that a phone in your back pocket? Cuz your booty be callin’ me!” and thus I knew that I had to make her a sampler/cross-stitch/whatever of that phrase to immortalize it forever. Since she now identifies as pretty queer, I of course had to use rainbow colors when fashioning it. I’m only about 1/3 of the way done with the project, but as I am procrastinating on my school work (as is my tendency to do so) I thought that I’d share some updated pictures of the project, and add on the rest when I had finished. Thus, here you go!

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Photo on 12-4-13 at 10.33 AM #2

Photo on 12-4-13 at 10.27 PM #2

Finally finished with Beth’s cross-stitch! 🙂