It feels like forever…

Hi everyone!

It feels like forever since I’ve posted anything.

I’ve had so much going on I really haven’t had much time.

My girlfriend’s birthday has come and gone and I wasn’t able to give her the blanket I was making for her.  BUT, on a positive note, I only have 1 more ball of yarn to go!

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We’re having her and her husband over for supper February 23rd, and I know for sure it will be done by then! 😀

I’ve also started on another blanket for a friend who bought a lakehouse this past summer.  I chose some yarn that reminded me of lakes.  This blanket is based on my “Classic 2-Tone Baby Blanket” pattern.  You can go to my “Free Patterns” page to download the pattern.

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Today for sure I have to work on the birthday blanket, so I’m off to do that.

Happy knitting!

Diana

A birthday present…

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I’m lucky to have today off work so I’m taking advantage of having no one home except my puppy and he’s napping so I’m knitting! Of course!

I’ve put aside my poncho I’ve been working on to make a birthday present for a friend. It’s her birthday at the end of January.

I’m using a pattern I’ve used before (you can find it by clicking here) but this time I’m using a Tweed yarn from Caron Simply Soft I purchased from YarnCanada.ca.  I have to use 6 balls instead of 5 though, as the balls of tweed yarn are a bit smaller.

This is my first time using this tweed yarn and I’m absolutely loving the results.

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Well, off to get this blanket done. 😀

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

 

 

Stashbuster blanket…

Hello everyone!

I bought some yarn last year with something in mind I’m sure, but by the time I got to it, I had totally forgotten what I had bought it for! LOL!

So, I decided I would just make a blanket.  It reminds me of summertime and Sherbet!! 😀

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I’m using a go to blanket pattern I found when I first started knitting.  You can find the pattern over on the Painting Lilies blog by clicking here.

It’s created using 2 strands of yarn at one time, one of my favourite things to do to create beautiful and unique colourways!

I’m almost done and then I’m going to make myself another Chilly Day Poncho, but I’m going to change it up a bit. I’ll share with you what I do, so stay tuned.

Now off to fill up my coffee mug and finish this blanket!

Happy knitting!

Diana

FINALLY!!!

I can’t believe I finally have this blanket done!  It’s been a work in progress for just over a year now.

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I made it for myself (something I don’t do too often) and just LOVE how it turned out.

It’s SO cushy and thick and warm! It’s a nice simple garter stitch with an I-cord edge for a slightly more finished look.

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Here’s how I made it:

16 balls of King Cole Super Chunky yarn
US size 15 needles
Darning needle to weave in ends

Cast on 120 stitches
Slip the first stitch purl-wise
Knit across the row until the last stitch
Purl the last stitch
Repeat the above pattern for every row.

The finished size is approximately 55″ X 58″

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

 

 

Introducing “Thomas”…

Hi  there!

I started this crib blanket late last year but never had a chance to finish it.

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Between making commissioned pieces, hosting Christmas, ringing in the New Year and then deciding it would be a great time to begin changing our flooring, I just didn’t have the time.

But now we’ve taken a break from changing the flooring (I needed a break from the dust – we’re putting hardwood down) so I had the chance to finally complete the blanket and get the pattern written.

I was inspired by the Burberry colours and hence the name “Thomas” as in “Thomas Burberry”. 😉

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It’s a really simple blanket pattern that utilizes only the knit stitch and simple colour changes.  I used “Red Heart Soft” yarn.  It was wonderful to work with.  The blanket ended up nice and cushy!

The finished size is approximately 35″ X 46″ so would make for a really nice lapghan too!

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The patterns are available for sale over at loveknitting.com, in my Etsty store and on Craftsy.com.

If you give it a try, please share a photo on my Facebook page! I would love to see your work!

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

One down…

Hello everyone.

I wanted to share with you one of the blankets I made for a Christmas gift.

I’m just thrilled with how it turned out and you can be sure I’ll be making one for myself! 😀

As most knitters know, when you use the stockinette stitch without some sort of border, your edges will curl.  So when I was designing this blanket, I purposely didn’t add a border so the curled edges would create a soft, ripply edge on the blanket.

So if you want to make one too, here’s what you’ll need to know!

I used 5 balls of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Autumn Red and US size 8 circular needles (36″),

Cast on 200 stitches.

Row 1 – 20: Knit 20, Purl 20 across the row

Row 21 – 40: Purl 20, Knit 20 across the row

Repeat above pattern until you have come to the end of the 5 balls

Cast off on row 40.

The finished size is 43″w X 55″ l.

Well off to try and get my second blanket done in time for Christmas. Wish me luck! LOL!

Happy knitting!

“Peacock” Stroller Blanket…

Hello everyone.

The “Peacock” Stroller Blanket pattern is now available to purchase over in my Etsy shop, in my Craftsy store and at loveknitting.com.

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This basket weave blanket is perfect to tuck baby in for an afternoon walk in the park.  Whether it be for an added layer now or as the only layer in the Spring, it’s sure to end up being the “go to” stroller blanket!

It’s made with approximately 600 yards of Aran weight yarn and US size 8 needles.  It utilizes only knit and purl stitches with simple colour changes so it’s a great pattern for a beginner knitter.

Happy knitting!

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