Log cabin blanket

Thursday, November 10, 2016
 
( (c) Amanda Prior Photography) 

I was recently rummaging around in my craft cupboard (this is a rather grand name for the reality of the cramped little space which houses all my crafty crap) when I found a stash of knitting blocks from a project I started in 2012.

I actually think that this project was the start of my fearless knitting phase. In case you don't know, most people start off as fearful knitters,  scared of new techniques and frequently proclaiming that certain things are beyond their skill set. Then, all in our time, we become fearless knitters; projects are chosen based on an unknown skill or because they employ new way of doing a previously learnt techniques. Armed with YouTube, or more experienced friends, we set off to conquer this knitting thing. Sometimes we are delighted and use a skill over and over again. Other times, we chalk it up to experience and decide it's not necessary to do that ever again (entrelac, I'm looking at you!).

This project was my introduction to picking up stitches. You only pick up a few at a time but you do it so frequently you can declare yourself a grand master after 3 blocks. 

Based on the classic log cabin quilt this project is really quite stunning and a great stash buster. 

So why did it get thrown into the craft cupboard and told not to come out until it was ready to apologize for its transgressions? Well, it wasn't the blankets fault, it was mine. 

 
( (c) Amanda Prior Photography) 

 I somehow misunderstood the pattern. You see that grey border around the edge? Well that is supposed to be another row of brightly coloured block. I had got excited and introduced the grey too soon. 

So, I put it away for its first rest. Then I had this idea that I would create a giant F out of the stuffed up squares and knit brightly coloured blocks as per the pattern. 
 

 (Crap photo by me no (c) needed)

Sadly, when I started up again I discovered that my gauge had changed or I was using different needles (you may remember in a previous blog I mentioned the importance of throwing the needles into timeout with the project; this is why.) 

So back into pergatory it went. 

And there is stayed until recently when I was procrastinating and avoiding some essential task, probably housework.  I laid them on the floor, realized they would look good as a baby blanket. At Michelle's insistence the black borders came off and then the sewing began. 

 


I got to this point and hoped I was done, another picture message to Michelle was responded to with a phone call telling me it needed a border (I already knew, I was just being lazy)

 
( (c) Amanda Prior Photography) 

And tada, here it is, ready for steam blocking and  gifting.


 

Regular readers may be surprised by the recent improvements in some of my photos...I didn't take them. My amazing friend Amanda Prior (you can find her on Instagram as Amandaprior or go to her website at www.amandaprior.com) took them for me. I'm very lucky to have such a talented, supportive, generous friend. 

 The professional at work! 

3 comments:

  1. How good does it feel to bust out a ufo and finish it? And wow, how cool to have a professional photo of your project! It looks great, I'm so glad it has already got a home to go to x

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  2. Looks great Louise! You're inspiring me to get moving on my crochet granny square rug UFO again :)

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    1. Thanks Chai69. I think you should sewing together the pieces you already have. I find I'm more motivated to finish a project when it's closer to looking like a thing.

      Im restraining myself from starting another block blanket. I have enough random yarn to make another cot blanket but I really want to make a single bed sized one for Flynn. I think I need to calculate how much yarn I need to buy, price it up and then faint.

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