Jewel tones baby blanket

by onblueberryhill on April 24, 2014

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Next time I start to knit a blanket – even a baby blanket – remind me how long it takes to actually knit an entire blanket, okay?  Actually, as far as blankets go, this one came together pretty quickly – but then again, that’s as far as blankets go, we’re not talking about whipping up a pair of mitts and a hat here.

This is a new Tanis Fiber Arts pattern called Keyfit Baby Blanket, and it’s pretty ingenious how she constructs the diamond shape through intarsia knitting.  That said, there was a fair amount of seaming involved, although I found it to be pretty easy and it didn’t require a whole lot of concentration.

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I picked the TFA Sweet Palette, which gives you eight colors of TFA Yellow Label DK weight yarn in just the right amounts (they’re less than full skeins, and I always had plenty of yarn with just enough left over as to never worry that I would run out).  When they’re all sewn, the together, the overall effect appears jewel-toned to me.  I knit and assembled the colors randomly, without any real planning, because I didn’t want a pattern to the colors.  Overall, I like how they look when they’re all sewn together.

I completely failed to anticipate how long – and how much yarn – the border would take, however.  I think it’s over 500 stitches once all of the borders are picked up!  I used some TFA stash yarn (color Dove in a fingering weight, held doubled) and run out before I was even halfway through.  I found some other matching yarns in my stash that gave me a few more rows, but then had to decide whether to purchase another yarn to finish it off, or just call it good.  It  was an easy decision – I was really burned out by then and ready to be done!  So, I knit only the first six rows of the border portion and then bound off.  I love the picot edging in the pattern, but I’m just as happy with how mine creates a naturally rolling edge – plus, I got to quit halfway through, and I didn’t have to seam then entire thing down (which would have taken a LONG time), so in the end, I’m glad that I ran out of yarn :)

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I like the blanket in many different colors, but I think it would be just as beautiful in a gradient of very similar colors – or, I would love to see it in just two contrasting colors (one for the diamonds and one for the surrounding pieces).  The DK weight yarn knit on US 7 needles makes for a wonderful, drapey fabric that’s light but warm – it would also be fun to try in with worsted weight yarn on a little bigger needles (maybe US 9s or 10s), just to see what you’d get.  Hmmm . . . I think I could be talked into doing another one of these in two contrasting colors with worsted weight yarn . . .

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Blooming in my garden today

by onblueberryhill on April 13, 2014

bleeding hearts 1Spring in Oregon brings bleeding hearts . . .

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bleeding hearts 3And Mt. Fuji cherry blooms:

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Spring butterflies dress

by onblueberryhill April 12, 2014
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This was a wonderful fabric for this dress – I love how it looks almost denim, but it is incredibly lightweight – a “light, crisp drape,” as they describe it.  The fabric is Robert Kaufman Chambray Union Crossweave Indigo – I bought 4 yards of it, which was WAY too much, so I’m guessing that [...]


Hester hat and mitts

by onblueberryhill April 10, 2014
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I knit up this quick gift set as an excuse to get to use Sincere Sheep’s Bannock yarn again, this time purchased from my LYS (I love it when my local yarn store stocks such great regionally local indie yarns!)  This time I used color Hester, and one generous skein allowed me to make both [...]


Baby hoodies

by onblueberryhill April 6, 2014
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Seriously, this has got to be one of the best patterns that I’ve ever knit!  It’s the R&R Hoodie from Tanis Fiber Arts, and the construction is absolutely ingenious.  It’s completely seamless and I love how she fashions the pockets, how she designed the hood, and the i-cord edging is the perfect edge to sew [...]


Seashell memories

by onblueberryhill April 4, 2014
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The beaches on Turks & Caicos had an amazing variety of beautiful, teeny-tiny seashells – so small that dozens of them would fit in your hands.  The girls filled their pockets and we brought home some of the really special ones as souvenirs.  When we got home, I didn’t want them just sitting in a [...]


April ski day

by onblueberryhill April 3, 2014
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It’s so ironic that it’s already April, and only just now is the snowpack getting really good on Mt. Hood!  We took advantage of a break in the spring rains for a late-season family day on the slopes. The results of our traditional heading-up-the-mountain stop at Joe’s Donuts. We can already tell on the drive [...]


Colored sprinkles hats

by onblueberryhill March 31, 2014
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A new set of patterns from Tanis Fiber Arts, yay!  I’m always happy to find a new excuse to knit with her yummy yarn  Tanis has just released a new collection of baby knits, and I’m working my way through the patterns, starting with Frosted Alpine Hat.  This is a great hat pattern because it’s [...]


Jellybean hat and mitts set

by onblueberryhill March 29, 2014
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I made my oldest daughter her own matching set of hat and mitts, so she’ll quit stealing mine  I’ve knit (and loved) both of these patterns before – the hat is Ida’s Kitchen, but instead of using multiple colors of yarn, I just alternated between Jellybean and Elderberry in Luna Grey Fiber Arts Orion (100% [...]


Primary colors baby sweater

by onblueberryhill March 26, 2014
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Another quick project for my stash of go-to baby gifts – really, just an excuse for me to get to play with colors  The pattern is Henry’s Sweater, and the yarn is Knitted Wit Superwash Merino Fingering (held doubled) in color Picante (just about one skein) and color Turks & Caicos for the striping (along with [...]


Maude cardigan redux

by onblueberryhill March 22, 2014
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I’m in love with Quince & Co’s new Owl Tweet yarn, and I knew that there wasn’t a more perfect knitting project for it than the Maude Cardigan, so I made an exception to my “never knit the same pattern twice” rule  This time, I experimented with a closer fit – I really liked the [...]


Welcoming blooms

by onblueberryhill March 21, 2014
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I always pictured the drive up to my house being lined with flowering cherry trees, so that it was like walking through a tunnel of cherry blossoms . . . the years later, my baby trees have grown into exactly how I envisioned them! To me, cherry blossom season is always a reminder to stop [...]


Picante stripes baby cardigan

by onblueberryhill March 19, 2014
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This is such a cute baby sweater, and I love the colors!  There’s nothing as quick and satisfying as a baby sweater knit in worsted yarn  In this instance, I actually used Knitted Wit fingering super wash merino (colors Picante and Naked), held double.  I used just about every bit of the 380 yards of [...]


First sign of spring in Portland

by onblueberryhill March 17, 2014
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Although rain clouds threatened during my run along the Portland waterfront yesterday, it still afforded me a beautiful view of Waterfront Park’s flowering cherry trees, from the east side of the river: And the west side: Pin It


Toffee and maple syrup pullover

by onblueberryhill March 4, 2014
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This was a kismet project – I was gathering up my collection of leftover Plucky Knitter yarns to put them away, and I was holding these two yarns next to each other and thought, these colors look great together!  Because I only had two skeins of the Cozy and a partial skein of the Traveler [...]


Kitty Dreams

by onblueberryhill March 2, 2014
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This sewing project was both a success and a failure.  First, the success . . .it was my first time sewing with knits, and by using a specialized sewing machine needle and knit stitch on the machine, it went very smoothly.  Another successful aspect of the project was the clearly written directions – I was [...]


Raspberry drawstring pullover

by onblueberryhill March 1, 2014
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This is a classic example of a pattern that was not well-suited to me.  The pattern is Eased (bulky version) by Alicia Plummer.  Although I knit with the same yarn as the sample pattern, got gauge, and knit the size that best fit me (40.5″), it’s just not flattering.  I like the top half well [...]


Zippered pouch goodie bags

by onblueberryhill February 26, 2014
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I used this tutorial to whip up a few zipper pouches to use as teacher gifts.  I’ll tuck some Moonstruck chocolates and a Starbucks gift certificate in, and they’ll make the perfect goodie bags! I bought some Robert Kaufman Essex Linen yardage at Bolt and then pulled the colored panels, lining, and batting from my [...]


Cafe Society cabled cardigan

by onblueberryhill February 25, 2014
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My second time with this pattern – and I much prefer this version!  I wasn’t too happy with how my first Chocolate Stout turned out, so I wanted to give it another try.  I used Plucky Knitter yarn again, but this time I used Primo Aran (merino/cashmere/nylon) instead of Rustic, and I think it looks [...]


Sherpa kid’s robe

by onblueberryhill February 21, 2014
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Great new project from Purl Bee!  I swear, I’m constantly amazed by how many creative and wonderful ideas the Purl Soho staff come up with, month after month and year after year.  I really enjoyed this sewing project – simple but the finished product is very user-friendly and high-quality. The pattern is Purl Soho’s Kid’s [...]