Friday, March 24, 2017

Slow and Steady Project--Cozy Memories Blanket

Progress~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I actually have a few more squares finished since these pics have been taken but I thought I would share my very slow progress. I've really enjoyed reaching into my leftover DK basket and having a sense of accomplishment with each square.



I had many ends to weave in, so I decided to do that as I go.



They are not all perfect but measure approximately 3.5 inches each


I have no idea how big I want this to be. I think I have a long way to go before I think about it too!

Of course, in my dreams I would like it to cover a good portion of a double bed.
That would take years. 😄

Update on daddy:

Spent 3 days with dad this week. He had developed pneumonia, spiking a temp of 103 on Sunday night. He is doing a bit better and my brother made a visual chart with letters on a clear plexiglass 16 x 20 set up like this:

A  B  C  D
E  F  G  H
         I  J  K  L  M  N
        O  P  Q  R  S  T
           U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Each letter is in caps and in a block. The vowels are put on the ends for ease.  He can only communicate with nods yes or no.
With this he has followed well with spelling words out with the use of this chart with only staring at the letter until we align it on the opposite side and point. It's actually very unique and I think my brother did a great job at making it. Very clever.
While he is quadraplegic and has a trach, this is about the only way we can communicate. The therapist has talked to me and my brother about trying next week to use something to help with his trach. 
He does get frustrated and tired sometimes and we respect that and let him rest.

One of my cousins came to visit and my brother, my cousin, and myself sat around daddy's bed talking about alot of things we did together when we were very young. I could tell my daddy enjoyed that alot. My brother and I talk to him about things we used to do as kids and he can't smile but he can nod and roll his eyes and sometimes, maybe it's me, I can see a smile in his eyes. He does say with his mouth I love you and of course, we say alot of I love yous to each other. 

Thank you for the prayers and the positive thoughts sent out way. It really means alot to all of us.

On the writing homefront, I have got more accomplished in writing a book.
It's a devotional for medical professionals. I'm learning a new program actually on a new computer.
I like the lightness of the MacPro and indeed find writing at his bedside one of my best creative writing spots while he is napping.
Due to copyright, I cannot give out the name of the book as of yet but in time, I will.
I have a publisher that connects with me from time to time and is very interested in the final product.

Not too unlike my knitting, I can find times in which I can write more than others.


Find What Makes Your Heart Sing!

Jennifer

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cozy Memories Blanket Start-DK weight

A rugged start; Having that been said, I am LOVING the mindless knitting of the mitered squares!

I listened to many tutorials when I finished this DK square for how to align and attach them as I go.
The ones that spoke to me most is in two parts on You Tube:

the first

the second

both by Simply Maur Crafting. I think she did the most thorough and simplest explanation of making a mitered square and joining to another.

However, my second square I joined, the pink one, looks bad on edges because I was doing what she suggested by knitting through the back loop on the end of every row and slipping the first as if to purl at the beginning of each row. I'm sure my technique is wrong and I am going back to listen to these videos again because my edges are not clean. I'm hoping by joining the next squares it will help this.

I have no  pattern of colors at all just using my leftovers of DK yarn. Here are some of them.

I modified the pattern on Ravelry by Kemper Wray to CO 32 stitches/ putting my marker after stitch 16. I reduced number of stitches to still yield a 3 in square but with DK.
The rest of her pattern I followed exactly and is FREE.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-coziest-memory



I found out when I finished the light green one with sock yarn that although the finish is gorgeous, realistically I had WAY more DK leftovers than sock yarn so I went with making a DK weight blanket. And for right now, I need to use up what I have.


this is the right side as noted by my progress keeper to remind me.


you can see my wobbly edges I hope to fix when casting on the next square.


Of course the first block is made with 2 yarns, one in Lake Shore Bluff by Lorna Laces/ DK, and the other is all wool DMC miniskein.
The second block is DK weight but is made with a more drapey and flexable yarn. It is from my LYS from a couple of years ago. I made a shawl in it but I can't remember the name or content of it. I do know it's DK, I think combo of Merino wool, silk blend.


I was happy about the actual join side to the square. It took me 3 tries to get it right and I think it will improve the more I do it. 
Well, this is definitely a work in progress and will be a memory blanket, hopefully for the process of knitting it. That part has been enjoyable.
I am trying to attach and knit one square a day.

This will give me time to knit other projects in between. So this is a slow burn kind of project.

Have a peaceful Sunday,

Jennifer

Monday, March 6, 2017

Starting a Cozy Memories Blanket--The Mitered Square Knit


So, I've had this on my mind for so long, going through knitting podcasts that I love to watch and admiring the mitered square and the results of many of those together!

I really wanted to use sock yarn leftovers for this blanket. However, I have much more DK weight yarn than fingering weight/sock weight yarn. So this is my first sock yarn/fingering weight square.

I decided to start this pattern on Ravelry.

Using #2 DPNs (actually Boyes aluminum)

Yarn for this square is the one from the sage color in my last shawl (I have yet to block).

I know many people will laugh probably but I'm feeling very satisfied with memorizing this little pattern and can see why  it's been the hype for some time now.

I actually had some wooden DPNS from Knittters Pride and started this on a drive down to see my daddy (as the passenger) which gives me a good 3.5 hours of knitting time.
I felt like the Knitter's Pride was dragging so much PLUS they were just a wee bit too short for my comfort from one row to the next.

So after many sighs, I asked Mr. Darcy if he knew the next town that had a Walmart and he graciously took me in and I got the last #2 aluminum needles DPNs left!!

I thought at first with really inexpensive needles  that  these may not work well but be a temporary fix.  Ironically, these are PERFECT! The best 2.97 spent ever.

I think this will be a great little project to work on for each square in between other projects.
The fun part I'm sure is casting on for the next square...........and then the next.......

I hope you are enjoying a new project on your needles this week too!

Till later,
Jennifer

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