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Friday, May 8, 2015

FO Friday | A Blanket for Charlie.

...a week ago Sunday, Katie sent me this text:

I think Charlie wants a blanket to sleep with eventually. Like a lovey. Before many naps and bedtimes, he tries to snuggle the bib. Or will reach for the gray pottery barn blanket to lay his head on. Could you knit something I could wash and dry in cotton? Or would I be better to buy something?

A few texts later, we'd agreed on the Swans Island Finest Kind Baby Blanket and Blue Sky Alpaca's Worsted Cotton, likely in the Sky colorway (I love that my LYS is online now and I can check out colors and quantities on hand...from home on a Sunday evening!)

Monday afternoon, I bought the yarn and cast on 131 stitches. (no, I didn't swatch, but I did a quick calculation figuring I'd get about 4 stitches per inch and wanted a blanket roughly 30" square, but not a skimpy 30"). I got a good start that evening and when I finished the first (of seven planned) skein on Tuesday evening, decided I'd try for a skein a day...and a finished blanket in a week.

By Wednesday evening, I'd joined the third skein.

Thursday morning I could hardly move my right arm. I took a break and planted flowers. and cleaned the garage. and KonMari'd the cupboards and drawers in my bathroom and part of my closet. and a few bookshelves. I finally picked up my knitting around 5pm...

...and it was after 10 before I finished that day's skein. Friday morning I was still sore, but I measured my progress and realized I would only need to knit six skeins (and the finished piece would be more like 40" square!)

Friends at the shop suggested I soak in Epsom salts and use some Aspercream. I couldn't figure out a great way to soak my entire arm (without taking a bath?!), but I did buy the Aspercream. Man, that stuff is awesome! I powered through another two skiens and had one to go by Sunday. I finally bound off and buried the ends on Monday afternoon. I gave it a quick wash and about an hour in the dryer. It was ready for Charlie on Tuesday.

He does seem to like it!

Raveled here.

(and my arm is almost back to normal...but I'm not going to knit cotton again for a while ;-)


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Blogger Carole said...

Cotton is brutal so that blanket is a true labor of love. Charlie will love it and Katie will appreciate it and what more could a grandma want?

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger Katie said...

Charlie and I are both in love with it! Thank you, Marmie! xo

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger margene said...

The blanket looks like the perfect lovey and Charlie will have it with him for many years to come. Take care of your arm! You don't want that tenderness to turn into pain.

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger Bonny said...

No knitting grandmother could resist Katie's initial text and you are clearly Marmie Extraordinaire to complete Charlie's blanket in a week! I love the blanket, your labor of love, and that you've documented this so Charlie can read it someday.

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger Debbie said...

That blanket looks perfect for a sweet little one! I hope your arm feels better!

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Anonymous Patty said...

It's perfect! He's a lucky boy. (But we knew that!) I know a baby coming in July...hmmm.

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger Honoré said...

Oh that lucky little boy! I'm sure that" blanky" will be a constant companion! He does look totally at home with it.

Glad you for found something to help alleviate the soreness from all that knitting…I was amazed at what you did with a sore arm!

Rest up.

Friday, 08 May, 2015  
Blogger Lydia said...

I feel your pain-those baby toys almost did me in! I may have to tackle a cotton blanket sometime soon-without the deadline though ;-).

Monday, 11 May, 2015  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

That's some power knitting! Glad your pain wasn't to severe and is improving. The blanket is adorable, but not as adorable as Charlie!!

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015  

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