Friday, 7 October 2011

Swift Enough*

I think you may know what this is *laughs*



Yep, the long-awaited blanket *grins* Now, I feel that I may have hyped this up so much that it'll only be a disappointment! If it is, please don't tell me ;)Incidentally, that first picture is the most accurate in terms of the colour.

I started it in July, even though my subsequent posts may have confused the issue and made it appear as though it has only been a couple of weeks since I started. Ooops, sorry about that! I wish I did knit that quickly.

It was a surprisingly enjoyable knit, given that it is all garter stitch and the yarn was acrylic that was given to me by a colleague. Somehow that all added up to a relaxing, mindless project that gave as much comfort during the knitting as I hope it will as a blanket *smiles*

So, finished blanket, in all its glory...


I know it looks a little wrinkled around the edges. This is probably because I crocheted the border and my tension in crochet does not match my tension in knitting *laughs* A bit of steaming will probably help that.

Another full size picture, this time with DVD sized case for scale (see mum, I remembered!)


It's probably not as big as it should be, which may become a little annoying, but I used up most of the yarn that I was using for it. As the aim of making it was to use up some yarn, I didn't want to buy any more for it.

As I mentioned, I crocheted the border and was very pleased that I had learned crochet recently so that I could! It's 3 rows of single crochet, which certainly went more quickly than picking up stitches along the edges and then knitting them!

Here it is on the back of the sofa for which it was designed:


*grins* Cool, huh? Well, I think so anyway ;)

Details:
Pattern: Moderne Blanket
Yarn: King Cole, Stylecraft and Something Else acrylic DK
Modifications: I didn't follow the dimensions in the pattern, choosing to end the sections when I liked their shape and size. Added 2 rows at one end and 1 at the other to lengthen it. Crocheted the border instead of knitting it. 
Happy? Yep *grins* I love it.

And, because I love the fall/autumn colours of my blanket, I am entering it into the Stitched in Colour, Celebrate Colour competition *gins*

Celebrate Color


* "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket" - Charles Simic

53 comments:

  1. I love this blanket- I love the colours and the style!!!

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  2. I love the colors and the design. What a fun way to use up yarn and test your patience, um, skills. Total kudos for sticking with a blanket...I can't even finish my sweater.

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  3. *Lets off some fireworks and makes loud cheers*

    TOTALLY worth the wait!!!! It's gorgeous (and I don't usually like orange so much but THIS, THIS is beautiful and perfectly gloriously orange!)

    I'm so pleased to see all of it that I'm going to stop writing and just look at it for a while :)

    Have a lovely weekend!
    xxxx

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  4. It looks amazing. Well done. Whaht a big job.

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  5. Wow - nice one, looks like the one the Yarn Harlot did, but I prefer your jazzy colours.

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  6. absolutely stunning - I have a stash of varied blues so I think I'll be downloading this pattern for sure. Well done you - I love the colours too, they're fantastic.

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  7. It came out absolutely beautiful! I think it is just perfect...congratulations! xx

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  8. Amazing! Totally gorgeous! I have been in love with your blanket since you started it and it looks great finished! Not a disappointment at all!

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  9. Natalie--Don't you love finishing a large project like this? I love the modern lines and bold colors...well done, you!! XXO-

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  10. Well done! A blanket is an accomplishment for sure.

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  11. Yea You! Nothing better than reading your enthusiasm...I am smiling with you

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  12. Awesome! I'm making one of those right now!

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  13. Love it!!! And go you for using it some stash, I've been thinking about making a similar style blanket.... but I MUST finish my chunky cable one first lol!

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  14. what an accomplishment, and such a beautiful beautiful job. now you can enjoy all your effort for many years to come. lovely.

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  15. Awesome! I love it. Extra kudos for the crocheted border too :)

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  16. Very nicely done....your goal accomplished....new technique learned...Sweet.

    Happy Fiber Arts Friday!!

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  17. You did such a wonderful job :) I bet you will use it forever and ever!!

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  18. Oh, it's fantastic! I've loved the colours and shapes of this so much just seeing it in pieces, and it's magnificent as an FO. So intriguing (with a "should be hung in a modern art museum" kind of look about it) and pretty (and wonderfully snuggly looking, I wish I were sitting under it right now!) and yay for learning crochet just in time to do the border, too! I love it when cool little coincidences like that happen. :D

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  19. That's a huge accomplishment, and I think it's stunning. No disappointment at all! Do you love it?

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  20. Gorgeous!! The colors look perfect with your couch.

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  21. It's amazing! And having started in July is quite quite speedy in my opinion. Such projects for me are more likely to be multi-year.

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  22. It looks fantastic! I love it in it's official spot on the sofa. The colors are great and it's awesome to stash-bust some yarn!

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  23. What a great blanket, it turned out wonderful and the colors are perfect for autumn!

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  24. Its fab I love the colours in it :)

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  25. I love your blanket! I have a lot of sort of small blankets for my couch, and while they're not great for lying under, they do keep your lap or shoulders really warm!

    and I really love the Charles Simic quote - I was lucky enough to see a reading of his a few semesters back =)

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  26. I love it! And it already has a use, so that is even better.

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  27. The blanket looks super, lovely bright colours and a great way to use up the yarn

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  28. Natalie, this came out so wonderful!!! Glad to see it finished :)

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  29. I love it! *steals it from you*

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  30. Very moderne! The colors are terrific - the orange against the neutrals just makes it all pop.

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  31. So glad to see it finished!! It's gorgeous, but I have a soft spot for fall colors when I'm not seeking out garish pinks :) Great job!

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  32. Very cool! I've been thinking of crocheting a log cabin style blanket using my own hand dyed sock yarn scraps. But, yeah, that's a ways off. :)

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  33. I think it looks great. And I always love a crochet border around a knit item!

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  34. That is fantastic! I love it. It looks great on the sofa. :D

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  35. Great colors for the blanket!

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  36. I'm really impressed you finished a blanket in just a few months - that's a big accomplishment on it's own! The colors are great - good stash diving!

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  37. Awesome. Just in time for winter. The colors alone will keep you warm.

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  38. Love your blanket. I have a weakness for log cabins.

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  39. Lovely!

    I like to use up yarn with blankets. Everyone needs a blanket!

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  40. I'm in love with that blanket... the colors and the design. LOVE!

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  41. The blanket looks awesome! congrats on finishing it, and the colors are perfect for the season :D

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  42. You did great on the blanket! It's awesome!!

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  43. How could you think for a second that this would be a disappointment in any way? It's awesome!!!! It always feels so good to get a big project like that off the needles.

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  44. It looks great! I love the big blocks of color. : )

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  45. Well done. It looks sooooo good. A masterpiece.

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  46. I love it. You did an amazing job and the colors are so perfect for the season.

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  47. Very nice indeed! Looks like you did a great job, and the pattern/style puts me in mind of Andrew Lloyd Wright.

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  48. Beautiful! And my hat off to you for persevering through all that garter stitch. I started one of these blankets quite a long time ago and only got the center and 3 stripes added before my mind was numb and I put it in the cabinet. Great job!

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  49. Late to the party. Love it! It will be so cozy.

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  50. Awesome! I love the colors, so moderne! Makes me want to cast one on!

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  51. Love it!!! The colors are beautiful and I like the log cabin look!

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