Thursday, April 12, 2007

Knitted Beach Towel?

it's folded look can deceive you....


2006. The year that I learned the art of knitting.


Having a pregnant sister I decided it would the perfect time to learn - I could make her a baby blanket! What could be easier to knit than a big square? As it turns out...lots of things are easier. Buying a blanket at a store would be one. Paying someone else to knit a blanket for you would also have been easier. But I wanted this gift to be special - and special it is (but I think we all know what kind of 'special' I'm referring to*)


I forget the specifics but I ended up with three separate pieces. Apart I thought they look alright. Then I realized how long and skinny they were. Then I sewed them together and was horrified at what I saw....a knitted beach towel big enough for me to lay on. Poor Maxime (he is the recipient of this horrid gift**)


And just to further humiliate myself...here are some pictures.......



spread out in all it's ugly glory....


just to demonstrate how long the blanket is. (I'm 5'2)


my newest project


After seeing the results of the first attempt I decided to start a new - hopefully better - blanket. I still plan on sending the first - but I wanted to try and create something different. I am too poor to be buying new yarn and I just so happened to WAY over estimate the amount I would need for the first project and have a shitload of it left over.


So far I must admit that I am very proud of this project - minus the fact that I forgot to create the border I wanted to. I learned how to stream in a new color without knotting the strings (it's working thus far). It's hard to see in the picture but I have a tiny little row of yellow that is in there. I also learned the famous purl stitch from Chris's mom, Audrey, this past weekend. It took a few attempts but I have it mastered. I am now in the process of writing out the pattern as I go - I have this picture in my head - hopefully it works. I'll keep you updated on the progress (I know you're just super excited about that, right?)


Speaking of Chris's family - I forgot to continue my weekend story. I don't know what I planned on saying. It was great. I really like Willmar - it reminded me of the towns I grew up in. Not exceptional I guess - just gave me that feeling of nostalgia that I love. His sister Meaghan made some awesome sugar cookies and so I asked for the recipe. I attempted this a few days ago - not the same. They taste good but they are just not the same. I also attempted to dye them blue - they turned out a mold green. (I've been into dying my food - have you ever dyed your pancakes? It's fun - do it). Maybe for my next blog I'll include some pictures of my baking adventures and include the recipe.


As for right now I'm going to go back to my knitting. I know what you're thinking. Shouldn't your broke mooching ass be looking for job? Well I did. There were a total of 3 new jobs posted since yesterday. And I applied for them. So there.....


I should go exercise....hmph.....






*I don't mean to be politically incorrect........

okay...maybe I do.....






** Maxime is my newest nephew! He was born on Friday - April 6th 2007 at 4:15 a.m.! I don't have pictures yet but as soon as I do I'll post more.





2 comments:

carrster said...

Eeeeek! Keep going on the knitting! I think you're doing great. That's wonderful that you learned how to purl and that you are also using multiple colors. :) I just got back from knitting at Anna's. Wish you were here!!!!

K-dog said...

I am so proud of you. And impressed. I learned how to knit about a month and a half ago, and so far all I have to show for it is a tiny little blue square. I started making a blanket for a friend's baby but decided to crochet it instead. So good for you - you're braver than I am!
(And congrats on your new nephew!)