KATB ep. 37 May 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile! In this video, I’ll be sharing what I’ve been working on since the last podcast, as well as some knitting goodies I got from the Orlando Distaff Day.

Ravelry name: craftsbycori

KATB Ravelry group link

Twin Mommy Creations Mini Skein Advent Calendar

Crafts by Cori FB

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My wonderful and lovely friend, Ann, who is the dyer behind Twin Mommy Creations, had a mini skein Advent Calendar this year, and I just had to get it. OR I just had to get it for it to be from my husband for Christmas! Cuz y’all know I have a mini skein addiction!

Twin Mommy Creations’ website

Ravelry name: craftsbycori

KATB Ravelry group linkĀ 

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FOs:
Peaches & Creme Yuletide Dishcloths (8)
Bernat Purple Perk Dishcloths (6)

WIPs:
Mini Skein 10 Stitch Blanket

Yarns Mentioned:
Peaches & Creme Yuletide
Bernat Purple Perk
Twin Mommy Creations Rainbow Ramboulette minis
Lion Brand Bon Bons Beach
Lion Brand Bon Bons Nature

Patterns Mentioned:
Gramma’s Favorite Washcloth
Frankie Brown 10 Stitch Blanket (original)
Stephen West Boneyard Shawl

Yarn Dyers:
Twin Mommy Creations
Casual Fashion Queen

Polk State College Fall Festival
Oct 20, 2018 9am to 4pm
999 Ave H NE Winter Haven FL 33881

Horse Tails Farm Festival and BBQ
Nov 3, 2018 8 am to whenever
1925 Banana Rd Lakeland, Florida 33810

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It’s been awhile! I didn’t really have anything new to show you while a few weeks ago when I would have filmed this episode normally. I’m glad I waited, because I had LOTS to show off.

Ravelry name: craftsbycori

Knitting All the Blankets Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-all-the-blankets-podcast

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Welcome back for Part 2 of the Eric’s Blanket Saga!!! If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

When we left off, I had finished knitting all 324 squares for this queen size blanket. For the remainder of January 2018, I wove in ends and readied the piles to be assembled into their respective stripes.

But first! I sewed 18 squares together in a vertical strip, and made 3 strips. Once all the strips of a certain color were put together, I broke out the crochet hook to turn the strips into a stripe. There were 3 strips to each stripe.

Using a size H crochet hook (US 8 / 5 mm), I single crocheted the strips together to make a stripe.

THANKFULLY, my brother wanted single color stripes. If he’d wanted things mixed up, I still wouldn’t be done with this thing (as of April 15, 2018 when I wrote this post).

Red Heart Paddy Green Fully assembled on Feb 19, 2018

Red Heart Black Fully assembled Feb 24, 2018.

Red Heart Orange Fully assembled March 8, 2018.

Red Heart Royal Blue Fully assembled March 17, 2018.

Red Heart White Fully assemebled March 21, 2018.

Red Heart Cherry Red Fully assembled March 24, 2018.

My original gift date was Christmas 2017, and that didn’t happen. My next gift date was going to be March 24, 2018 (the day I finished assembling the Red stripe). That was the original date of the family birthday party, BUT it got moved and combined with Easter (April 1st).

Eric came over the next day, March 25, and finalized the order he wanted the stripes put together. Because once I attached those stripes together, I wasn’t changing anything!

I had pictured it as a vertical stripe blanket, but Eric decided he wanted the stripes horizontal. The final order ended up being: Orange, Blue, White, Black, Red, and Green.

The same Sunday, after returning from lunch at my in-laws, I sat on the floor and crocheted the stripes together. It took six hours, and I finished it at 10:30 pm. The only break I took was to eat dinner.

Not Eric’s room. Our guest room. Pre-gifting.

It was very well received:

Final thoughts: A true labor of love. This was the largest knitted project I’ve made to date. I’m so glad it’s done. Philip and I toasted it’s completion.

 

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If you’re not a subscriber to my Knitting All the Blankets YouTube Channel, then you’ve missed out on the saga that was Eric’s Blanket.

Last March (2017), my little brother bought a house, and I had this overwhelming desire to make him a blanket.

My goal was to give it to him as a Christmas present. I can tell you right now, that didn’t happen.

Eric chose the colors: green, black, red, blue, orange, and silver. Well, all the silver yarn we looked at were too grey for him, so grey became white.

I did the calculations, and figured to cover his queen size been, I’d need to knit 324 squares measuring 5 inches square.

6 colors of year, 54 squares of each color, 324 total.

I used all Red Heart acrylic yarn, so my brother wouldn’t have to worry about special washing instructions.

The pattern I used was a modified Grandma’s Favorite washcloth pattern. I increased to 25 stitches instead of the 45 stitches the pattern calls for.

Me holding up the final knitted square, with a celebratory drink in my hand.

I started knitting the squares March 2017, and finished the final square January 26, 2018. That’s just knitting the squares! I still had to put the thing together!!!

Here are the pictures of the piles of knitted squares in their respective piles:

It was a long process to get all these squares knitted. My projects page on Ravelry has all the information, if you’re interested.

This is the end of this post. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I finish the blanket and present it to him.

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