Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blanket has a Back!

Counting Pane
I made myself do it -- I added a back to the Counting Pane afghan. I used a lovely soft gray flannel. This fabric happened to be 60 inches wide. This meant I didn't have to have a seam in the back of this blanket. I had dithered about using a knit or fleece fabric, which would have a similar "give" as the knitted afghan, or using a woven fabric that would add stability. In the end, I couldn't find any fleece that was the right color and thin or fine enough not to make the blanket too bulky. Putting a woven fabric with a more fluid knit wasn't easy, but now that it's done, I think it'll make the afghan more stable, which should be a good thing.

The hardest part was getting the fabric cut to the right size. It was hard to get the afghan laid out so I could either measure it, or use it as a "pattern". Once that was done, I stitched a half inch around the flannel fabric and turned the edge under. I then carefully (and nearly invisibly) sewed it around the edge of the blanket (inside the border). Then I laid it all flat and pinned the two layers together at the intersection of each square's border. Then I tied every other intersection, using the gray yarn for my ties.

Tomorrow I'm going to show it off at the elementary school I work at. Then next week, it goes off to college.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

See, See my CeCe

Chicknits CeCe
Finished: CeCe by Bonne Marie Burns, in Butterfly Super-10 Mercerized Cotton, Color Ecru, by El D Mouzakis - 125 gr, 230 meters. I bought 4 skeins but used 3 -- but also made the sleeves 2 inches shorter than the pattern called for. This is a victory, since I usually knit sleeves to pattern length, and then shorten them or roll them up later. I can learn, it just takes me a while ;-)! Yarn from Sheep's Clothing in Kennewick.
I used size 5 and 6 needles.
Chicknits CeCe
I'm happy with this sweater -- I've worn it twice already. I do find that the fitted sleeves to the elbow stretch out with wear.

This sweater also looks great with the dress that originally inspired me to make it -- a coral polka-dotted sleeveless dress. I'm very happy with the neutral color.

Less blogging lately -- I've started a couple of new jobs, one of which is even paid! But life is more hectic right now.