Thursday 23 August 2012

a finish and two WIPs – all knitting

I mentioned in my last post that I had started a new project, even though I had determined back at the beginning of July that there were to be no more new projects until I turned some of my WIPS into FOs. But I needed to purchase some yarn (as mentioned in my last post) to keep working on my Intarsia Blanket. My other UFOs involved stranded colourwork techniques, or working with sock yarn and small needles, neither of which I felt like doing. So I cast on a simple garter stitch shawl in 10ply (worsted weight) bouclé acrylic yarn on 5mm (US 8) needles. This was my progress on Wednesday afternoon.
2012 Shawl for Someone #3 day 3
As for the Finished Object -- I showed this cowl at the Knitters’ Guild meeting on Saturday. I actually finished knitting it on 24 July but the cast off was too tight so I unpicked it and redid it (a few days later). I finally got around to sewing the ends in at The Guild meeting, just before Show and Tell (one of my favourite parts of the meeting). The photo on the right, which shows the detail of the stitching, is more like the real colour.
2012 Cynthia Brown Cowl2012 Cynthis Brown cowl detail
The pattern is Cowl de Printemps by Jeni Chase (Ravelry link). The yarn is a sadly discontinued tencel/acrylic blend which is oh-so-soft, perfect for items that will be worn around the neck.

During the Guild meeting, I worked on the Never-ending Intarsia Blanket I started in November last year. It has been knitted on and off, depending on the weather and my mood – each row takes me twenty minutes to knit, that’s an average of just eleven stitches a minute, which is slow for me, but I have to stop to add a new colour at least once (and usually more) each row, plus weave the ends in. Some rows are faster than others, but twenty minutes is average!

When I last showed you the blanket at the beginning of July, it looked like this.
2012 intarsia blanket 6 July
I had added another fifteen rows after this photo was taken but hadn’t taken another photo. Since writing that report on 7th July, I have added a further 206 rows (41,200 stitches) for a total of 414 rows; only 286 rows (or 57,200 stitches) for my target of 700 rows.

Anyway, enough of the statistics, the blanket now looks like this:
2012 Intarsia Blanket 414 rows
As you can see, I really did need to get some more red in there!

It’s the kind of knitting that gets people’s attention, even at a Guild meeting!


  1. wow! what a fabulous blanket your are knitting. Love the cowls.

  2. Wow, love your blanket, it's so bright! Fun design too.

  3. Your cowl is beautiful! Of course your guild loved it :)

  4. The Intarsia blanket is super fantastic. What inspired it? What does Intarsia mean?

  5. I think "add more red" is excellent advice for all projects!

  6. Amazing blanket you are doing. And they say my fabric work is like a jigsaw do it in yarn. Keep going and don't let this be a ufo, it is so fabulous.

  7. I like the new shawl but the intarsia blanket is the show stopper! Wow. You are doing a tremendous job on that!

  8. Ooh i love these lynne! Brilliant!

  9. I have to agree with everyone else, your intarsia blanket is a stunner! In those colours you could never be glum working on this project. Well done!

  10. I'm so impressed by the progress you have made on the blanket. How big will it be in the end?

  11. Absolutely loving the blanket and all the colors.

  12. great colours and i reckon it has a 3d effect


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