Just wanted to touch base with my knitting buddies. DH was on vacation last week and we pretty much were on the go and had little time to myself for posts. I am now working on my center panel for the baby blanket. I find that it’s been really intense keeping the color changes straight in my head, but not impossible and even a pattern is arising so that I know where I am at if I put the work down for a while. The one thing that I’m not so crazy about is that I really can’t listen to my podcasts while working on this because I need to keep my place. Hopefully I will be done soon and I’ll post a picture. I’ve decided not to take one until I am at least done with the pattern, then again when I have the panel finished. I can already tell that I’ll need to do some fancy foot work to align the pane with the rest of the squared layout of the blanket; so I’m thinking about what I want to do with the border to make it fit.
I am thinking that I’d like to post the pattern as a double knit pattern, but the original is not of my own creation. I emailed the author to ask permission to publish the modified version, but so far, I’ve not heard from her. I simply will not publish a pattern without her permission, so hopefully, I will hear from Nicole, the Purple Duckie, hence the title of this post. Hopefully she will find me. Purple Duckie has a Free Pattern Index, so you might like to check it out.
Oh, sorry I did not announce it, but I’ve decided to wait until wintertime comes again before resuming the posted Hot Chocolate Recipes. I just didn’t get the impression that anyone was really interested, which is why I didn’t post about it.
This is the world’s first glimpse of my Trellis Triangle Shawl. What do you think, Grace? Sorry I let it go for awhile but DH is on vacation this week and we’ve been on the go all week.
This shawl is worked from the bottom up, starting with only three chains, increasing as you go on both sides at once. The problem I had with the first one (that I ripped out) was that, either there was an error in the pattern, or I knitted it too loosely (though it was specifically indicated in the pattern to knit loosely). This time, I am doing knit rows between the increased rows. I am knitting with my fingers crossed and trying to monitor the shape of it, as in the photo above; however I will never transfer it to waste yarn again as it was frustrating getting the stitches back onto the needles.
Okay, update on the crocheted baby blanket. I learned that my brother’s wife is having a girl and that the theme for the baby’s room will be frogs. I promptly downloaded a few frog patterns for hats, booties, sweater, toy and cloth. What I’ve decided to do is make a center panel for the blanket with the frog pattern for the cloth. I will omit the border and actually will be learning how to double knit so that I can work two colors and have two “right” sides. It will be heavier to match the heaviness of the other crocheted squares. The background will be pink and the frog will be the same green I am using throughout the blanket, and I will crochet the same green border as the squares have; but I’ll need to see the size of the finished square. Funny how I insisted using this non-baby green because I just “liked” it… and because my sister-in-law, Erin, is Irish and I wanted to tap into that. I will also be knitting this with my fingers crossed because I do not know what the dimensions of the cloth should be and I need to make sure that this panel will fit in seamlessly with the squares that I already made. Even if it’s double the size, or whatever, just so that the squares will line up. I will have to improvise as I go along, but I really think it will be great.
I love learning new things for each project I am working on and I am really delighted that I will have a need for the double knitting. Hey, it wasn’t too long ago (I mean weeks) that I had no idea what “DK” meant!