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Scrap Blanket

Friday, 05.23.14

I’m not sure if it counts as a “scrap blanket” when I’ve made two blankets out of the same “scraps” but I’m going with it.

Manorette scrap blanket 1

This blanket might look familiar.  I used the same left over yarn I used for the Zig Zag Blanket.  That blanket turned out really fun.  I was tempted to make that same pattern again.  Then thought it might be tremendously boring to make the same blanket with the same yarn.  So I looked around for another idea.  I came across the Log Cabin pattern.  I’m not very fond of sewing together pieces.  To avoid that tedious task I just kept going with the pattern.  Around and around.

Manorette scrap blanket 2

I started with a stockinette, green square for the center.  From there I made striped logs pulling along a color from the previous log.  Green with red to red with grey to grey with black, etc.  I finished the whole thing with a green border.  In an attempt to make it look a bit more square, I added a single crochet edge.

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I used Berrocco Comfort Solid and Heathers with size 10 circular needles.  I makes for a cozy, drape-y blanket.  Not dense but not too loose either.

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This cuddly blank is on it’s way to Project Linus.

Shirt Blanket: Part 1

Sunday, 11.17.13

“I used to be a ballet dancer” to quote Billy Elliot’s grandmother.  I studied ballet for twenty-ish years.  The result, among many good character qualities and a hatred of tights, is a large pile of shirts. 

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Anyone who has been part of a team or club for a significant amount of time can relate to my current problem that needs solving.  I didn’t want to get rid of them.  Tearing them up for dust cloths was very much out of the question.  They have just been taking up space.

My solution?  Make a blanket.

Yes, I know this will still take up space but will have the added benefit of being useful.  Yes, I know shirts are useful but only if I were still ballerina size.  As a blanket, the shirts will be useful for many years and even have the potential of being an heirloom.  That is if anyone is interested in the fact that “I used to be a ballet dancer” in decades to come.

I started by searching out all the shirts.  Once I felt confident that I had assembled the whole collection, I laid them out on the floor.  Wow that’s a lot of shirts.

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I took some measurements.  The largest design would allow for a 14” x 14” square.  I also confirmed that I could cut that size out of the smallest shirt.  I was five-and-a-half when I started dancing.  Some of these shirts are small.

I want to add some detail to the blanket.  I’m going to do this with strips of black flannel fabric in between the squares.  This will frame them as well as separate the colors that might otherwise clash a bit.

After quite a bit of shopping by foot and shopping online I found a plaid flannel fabric that incorporates the black and colors from the various shirts.  I will use this for the back.

Now came the scheme.  Hours were spent laying them out in the actual pattern.  HOURS.  With all the pieces decided I got to work cutting the shirts into squares.  Even after subjecting her to the HOURS of layout planning, my mom volunteered to cut out the black strips.

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Next will be assembling all the pieces.  Then attaching the front to the back sandwiching the fluff.  Stay tuned….

Oh yeah, I did end up with a pile of dust cloths after all. 

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Zig Zag Blanket

Sunday, 09.01.13

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Like I said, I love making things for babies.  Blankets are a great gift to make.  Practical and pretty and long lasting.

Adult size blankets seem, well, unlikely.  They use so much yarn.  Even when you find yarn on super amazing sale that is still a TON of yarn.  It takes so long to make that it sit in the To Do pile for so long it just taunts you.  A baby blanket though is much friendlier.  I know I can accomplish a baby sized blanket.  Babies are little!

I’ve been working on a knitted zigzag blanket over the summer.  (Another perk for the small size is that you can work on it in the summer and not get overheated as it sits in your lap.  It is just a little thing remember).  I got the idea from this pattern found on Ravelry; Pram Baby Blanket.  It is made from scrap sock yarn and is a fantastic collection of colors.  I haven’t ventured into sock making yet but I do have an abundance of worsted weight yarn from baby sweaters and animals.  I used Berrocco Comfort Solid and Heathers.  I like that the nylon/acrylic blend is soft but practical for cleaning.

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I used green for the border and in the interior.  For some reason, I had a lot of green.  I don’t remember what I thought I was going to make with it but I’m glad I had it for this  I didn’t plan out my colors before starting.  I just grabbed as I went.  There started to be a little bit of a pattern in width of stripes but it really doesn’t repeat in any meaningful way.

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I’m very happy with it.  It is just what I thought it would be.  I don’t know what more I could ask for than that…accept maybe for someone to weave in the ends for me.  There were A LOT of ends to weave in!

This blanket is on its way to Project Linus.

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Flannel Blankets

Saturday, 08.17.13

I love to make things for babies.  Knitted animals and blankets are my favorite baby items to create.  Playing with color is a definite perk as well as the projects are small so they, usually, are completed quickly.  The first baby blanket I made was a flannel receiving blanket with blanket stitch edges.  This is still one of my favorite gifts to give.

Here is the first one from 2004:

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Not too long after this baby girl received her blanket, she also received a line up of little brothers.  So they all needed blankets too.

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I had a bit of a theme going for this family…

I did something a little different with this most recent blanket (which happens to be for the cousin of the approve blanket recipients).  Instead of applying a blanket stitch edge with embroidery thread, I made a single crochet edge with thin yarn.  I got the idea from Purl Bee’s: Lara’s Loop Flannel Receiving Blanket.  It has a lovely crocetted shell pattern around the edge of a simple piece of flannel.

I used two pieces of flannel sewn together with right sides facing, turned out and edges pressed.  Two fabrics allow for extra coziness and extra color/pattern fun. When I attempted the shell edge I discovered my yarn was too thick.  I was shopping for color not weight when I picked out this perfect shade of purple. The shell pattern became overwhelmingly bulky and I needed to rethink my strategy.

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The end result was a single crochet followed by a chain stitch repeated all the way around.  Three of these repeats in the same hole to turn the corners.

The best part of a crocheted edge versus an embroidered edge was not having to cut the yarn, re-thread, and deal with knots.  The most difficult part was finding a crochet hook that wasn’t too small or too big.  It had to be juuuuust right.  This hook does not exist in my collection.  My options were too small and WAY too big.  I went with too small.

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Do you see how tiny that hook is?!

It was easy to make the hole in the flannel but practically impossible to hold on to the yarn.  I managed to create some kind of rhythm of stabbing, looping, and pulling that made to process go rather quickly.  

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I really think it turned out lovely.  I like the yarn edge even if it isn’t a fancy shell.  Although I would like to try the shell pattern some other time.

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I'm Margaret and I like to make things: in the kitchen, on my knitting needles, with the sewing machine, and for the home. Manorette is a delightful home to share my inspiration and maybe some goof ups. It is never a grand manor.
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