Sunday, December 30, 2012

Okay, Where Was I?

When I wrote last summer I was working on a blanket for my granddaughter, who was due to be born in late October.  She's here, although she took her own sweet time and arrived safe and sound on November 7th.  Her name is Makayla Skye and she is a sweetheart...and I'm not just saying that because she's my Granddaughter!!  Mom and baby are doing very well, as is the rest of the family.

The blanket was such a joy to knit.  I love Shelley Kang's design.  It's addictive.  The link will take you to the free directions.  You can also purchase a printed copy of the directions if you like. 

You can make the blanket in any size and I found that 334 diamonds was the perfect size for a baby blanket.  I decided to fill in the edges with triangles and you can find the instructions on how I did it - click here.  The directions for the small corner triangles are here.  My daughter tells me that she gets many compliments about the blanket, almost as many as she does about Makayla.  ☺


Pattern:  Shelley Kang's Sock Yarn Blankie (link, above)
I named the blanket "Floyd" because it's pink!
I added triangles between the diamonds on the edges, small corner diamonds.  The border was done, one side at a time then seamed, in garter stitch, increasing on every other row to make a mitered corner.

Size:  I didn't measure it, but I think it's approximately 38" x 47"

Yarn: Every pink sock yarn, washable fingering and baby yarn I could get my hands on!
I participated in a pink sock yarn exchange on Ravelry and was also given some yarn lengths by generous friends and knitters.  Each diamond used only 8 yards. The colors are not strictly pink, but each block had to have pink in it.
Needles: US 1-1/2 / 2.5 mm
Since I never had more than 31 stitches on the needles I wanted short needles.  I used two double-pointed needles with a stopper on the end of each - worked perfectly.

Notes:  I'm also working on a larger sock yarn blanket for myself, which is almost finished - only a few more edge triangles to go, plus the border.  I'm already planning to do two more of these afghans (I can't stop!!) and I'm collecting yarns for one done in Southwest colors (shades of turquoise, tan and coral) and another in various shades of blue.  I couldn't resist starting the blues afghan - 11 blocks finished! 

There are more pictures on Ravelry (you have to be a member to see them) - click here.

Friday, December 28, 2012


I don't know if anyone is still around.  I had decided to give up my blog last August.  I just plain ran out of steam and found it harder and harder to think of things to write about.  Now I find that I've missed writing, so I'm least a little.  I won't be writing as often as before as my day job keeps me pretty busy and my mind just needs to rest when I get home.  I hope to write about once a week, probably on the weekend.  Another reason my blog is active again is that there are posts on Ravelry that I've written, and they link back to my blog and I'd hate to lose the technique links.

For now, the address is:

Somehow the settings aren't accepting my domain address of but if it ever gets figured out, then I"ll change it to that and will let you know.  (You may remember that the domain got taken out from under me. I still don't know how that happened).

So, if you're reading this page, thanks for dropping by.  Why not say hello so that I know that you're here?

I'll write a post sometime this weekend, a bit of a catch-up.