Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Corner to Corner Baby Blanket

Back at the beginning of summer, I learned that another cousin was expecting her first. So I started coming up with color ideas to use, other than green and yellow since I had just used those colors for baby blankets.

Since I didn't know the gender at the time I decided to go with gray and purple. The colors that I picked out were Lion's Brand Vanna's Choice: Silver Heather, Eggplant, and Dusty Purple. I picked these three colors because I was originally going to make a mitered square blanket (there is a pattern online for this blanket). But as I started working on it one of the squares was larger than the rest and I knew it would look bad if I kept it that way.

So I looked for a different blanket pattern that I could make quickly and easily. And in my searching, I came across the Corner to Corner Blanket (C2C) and I went with it because I knew that I could make it quickly. When I made the blanket I used the Silver Heather and Dusty purple for the blanket. Originally I was going to try and work the Eggplant purple into the blanket, but then I decided that I liked the colors as it was, so I used the Eggplant purple for the baby hat that I made.

Like I mentioned in the Cotton Twill Square post, this blanket would have worked better on circular needles, but I did straight needles instead. I used a size 8 needle for this blanket. I ended up using two skeins of the Dusty Purple and one skein of the Silver Heather. Because there is no official pattern for a C2C pattern I created my own version using information that I found online.

To create the first half of the blanket I knit until I had 152 on the needles before I started decreasing. For the beginning, I cast on 2 stitches and then increase on each new row with knit 1, yarn over, knit to the end of the row. Once I reached 152 stitches it took me a few minutes to figure out how I was going start the decrease before I settled on knit 2 together, yo, K2tog, knit.

And that is how I made this blanket,

Friday, October 27, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Basic Baby Hats

In the past I have used the Curly Edge hat pattern, which I have shared before, to make baby hats. And I was going to use it again to make two more baby hats, but I wanted to use specific measurements this time because I am giving both hats away as presents. The pattern that I used for these hats is Basic Baby Hat that I found on Ravelry, which is my go-to for knitting patterns now instead of Pinterest.

The first hat I made using this pattern, I followed the sizing for the toddler hat, but I ended up using the wrong size needle and yarn because it was bigger than it was supposed to be and my 17-year old brother and I were both able to fit it on our heads. I finished it and it is currently sitting upstairs in my room.

After looking through my yarn stash I found a yarn that ended up working better. Since I got it for free and there was no label, I don't know what type of yarn or what brand it is.  Since I used my size 6 needles it turned out better than the first hat. With this hat, I cast on for the 12-month size, but I changed the length from 5.75 to 4.5. The reason why I changed the length is that I thought that the hat would have been too long otherwise.

It's hard to tell in the picture <= but the yarn I used for the hat is a pretty blue color, which works because the recipient is a boy.

The second hat that I made I used Lion's Brand Vanna's Choice yarn in Eggplant purple. I made it the same size as the first hat. Since the recipient for this hat is a little girl I added two flowers to the front, in a light gray and a light purple, which I used for a different project that I will be posting about soon.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Week 21 - Fall

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― Anne of Green Gables

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

That Time of Year

Well it's that time of year again where I bring up National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and how I am doing it again. Normally when I write during this time I don't have an outline of any sort, though last year I sort of outlined but it didn't go very well. This year I am giving outlining another try using the mind mapping/clustering method instead of doing it scene by scene.

Normally I don't have much of a plot, other than it's slightly based off of the story of George and the Dragon, with a little bit of King Arthur thrown in there. This year I have more of a plot/idea of what my story is going to be. The idea for my novel came from a random plot generator that I found online either last year or the year before, though I don't remember what the site I used is called. After I saved the plot summary to my computer I forgot about it until the other night when I was getting ready for bed.

So I pulled it up again and tweaked the plot idea (synopsis of sorts) and posted it under the novel section on my NaNo page, and shared here. It's not the greatest, but I am hoping that it is enough of an idea to get me started with my novel.

If you are doing NaNo this year my name on there is KitKat-Kathleen. It's a bit of a mouthful but I changed it because I was tired of  the name that I had been using (Kathy Taffy.

The night of the snowstorm changes everything for Arthur Scott, a 20-year-old scout from Illinois. One moment, he is discussing with his charming friend, Alexandria Jefferson; the next, watching with horror as strange ghosts arrive. He knows these ghosts came from Exeter but he can't prove it - at least not without some old-fashioned weapons. The incredible, adorable man knows that his contented life is over. He acquires some old-fashioned weapons and is reborn as the hero who will save the world from strange ghosts. Will his conscience allow him to do whatever is needed to stop the ghosts?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cotton Twill Squares Baby Blanket

Last week when I was writing my post about the five projects that I am currently working on, I realized that I hadn't done a post for a baby blanket that I finished several months ago.

So the pattern I used is called Cotton Twill Squares, unfortunately, I don't remember where I found the pattern for this blanket otherwise, I would share the link for it. The yarn that I used for this blanket was 6 skeins of Patons North America Beehive Baby Chunky in Quicker Clover, and there was a little left over when I finished it, and I found the yarn at Jo-Ann's.

Back in January, I found out that one of my cousins was expecting their first baby, as well as a family friend, so I got the idea to make them both baby blankets. For the friend, I finished the Malt Baby Blanket that I posted about back in March. For my cousin, I made this blanket.

Even though I was constantly changing between the regular knit stitch and the stockinette stitch I was able to make this blanket fairly quickly. Almost three months to make a 32 x 32 blanket is pretty good.

Typically blankers are made on circular needles to accommodate all of the stitches, but I have never liked using circular needles so I made this blanket using size 8 straight needles instead. Even though it hurts my wrists a bit to do it, I use straight needles whenever I make blankets, because I like how much support there is from the straight needle.

I gave it to my cousin at the baby shower and everyone loved it.