Dec 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm #1283136
I started this in May and have been working at it in between my job, my side gigs and my cottage business. I have made other wool blankets in the past, but this has been the most satisfying one yet.
I have used this beautiful non died Alpaca wool, from Cascade Yarns. It has taken me just short of 360 hours and almost 500 dollars in wool. I used a much smaller sized needle than the yarn calls for, because I wanted a very tight knit, which will make this blanket last a lifetime. I used a "seed stitch" which takes longer than the usual garter stitch, for the knitters out there….
After I made the squares, I crochet around each square twice, then joined four in a larger square and crochet around this 3 times. Then I joined my larger squares and finished by crocheting around the blanket five more times. All the crochet work isn't just for aesthetics, it gives the blanket a lot more structure and strength..
I enjoy making my hats and it helps me financially….but my love for knitting and wool goes well beyond that. I learned at the age of three from my mother and grandmother , who also taught me to crochet and sew and embroider.
Many of the hats I made and sold came from the same skeins that I used to make this blanket. Thanks!Dec 17, 2011 at 5:53 pm #1813359
spelt with a tBPL Member
@speltLocale: SW/C PA
Stunningly beautiful, what a marvelous piece of work!Dec 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm #1813361
Laurie GibsonBPL Member
The juxtaposition of the natural shades is beautiful. Alpaca is warm and light.
(from a fellow knitter)Dec 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm #1813363
todd harperBPL Member
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Kat – what an achievement!
I love the hat I bought from you. This takes the cake. A lot of care went into it and you should be very proud.
ToddDec 17, 2011 at 6:34 pm #1813366
Ken T.BPL Member
No wonder we haven't heard from you lately. Looks beautiful and cozy. Hope you get many years to enjoy it. Merry Christmas.Dec 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm #1813369
Eugene SmithBPL Member
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Love it. What a talented and patient person you are Kat.Dec 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm #1813373
Thanks everyone. This has been a real joy to make and it has taken some patience too ….Dec 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm #1813376
W I S N E R !BPL Member
That's absolutely beautiful.Dec 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm #1813378
Beautiful work Kat. It is reassuring to know that good old fashioned work can still knock the socks off anything a machine can make these days.
Your knitting skills are amazing!
By the way.. this is Katharina's site :
I can't wait for the BPL event in Feb to get another one of your hats!
(still trying to get time off from work for the BPL event)Dec 17, 2011 at 7:08 pm #1813380
Wow. Kat, what a gorgeous blanket. Such a talented woman. You'll be toasty for years to come!Dec 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm #1813409
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
That's amazing, Kat. That's an heirloom piece – your grandkids' kids will enjoy it.Dec 17, 2011 at 10:01 pm #1813422
Travis LeannaBPL Member
Super awesome! I recently got a firsthand look at Kat's work when I ordered a hat for my wife for a Christmas gift (I'll probably be ordering one for myself soon), so I can only imagine how fantastic that blanket is in real life. Something to be immensely proud of, for sure!Dec 18, 2011 at 12:04 am #1813441
Clint N.BPL Member
Stunning work Kat! That is a beautiful and priceless blanket and a great use of your talent.Dec 18, 2011 at 2:16 am #1813449
@jollygreenLocale: Near the bottom
"I finished my Alpaca blanket :)" and she finished my hats in the same week. Awesome job. CongratsDec 18, 2011 at 6:13 am #1813463
Gary DunckelBPL Member
That is a very impressive piece of art, Kat. Your "MYOG" capabilities are incredible. Thanks for sharing it with us.Dec 18, 2011 at 6:42 am #1813470
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
Were my wife as talented… ahhh, well.
Great work, Kat!Dec 18, 2011 at 7:17 am #1813480
Looks fantastic, Kat. I'm sure you'll enjoy it for decades. Thanks again for the fine knitwork.Dec 18, 2011 at 7:38 am #1813482
Thanks so much for the kind words. I am actually giving it away today to a dear friend for their birthday, but I am starting on another one for myself ;). I like to have a bigger project to go along with all the little ones.Dec 18, 2011 at 9:30 am #1813507
Ken HelwigBPL Member
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
great work Kat!Dec 18, 2011 at 11:26 am #1813528
Jake DBPL Member
my gf is a knitter and says you are nuts for doing that much seed stitch ;) looks good though
for yours have you considered weaving? It seems like that would be faster and come out as tight as you want it.
i bet you could even weave smaller sections and piece them together
would need a loom but a crafty girl like yourself could probably find a bunch of things to make with that.Dec 18, 2011 at 11:50 am #1813536
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