I know, it's bragging but I'm just so stoked

So, I finally finished the lace baby blanket last night and found an excuse to use these blocking wires I bought in December. I think it turned out well. I attached a photo of it so you can agree with me (Just a hint, the proper answer is, "Yes, it is quite lovely").

Now for the bragging. I was really wanting to hop on a new lace project last night. I know, I don't know what's wrong with me either, but I forced myself to pull out the socks that got put to the way side, they were only for me anyway, and finish the last 14 needed rows of 3x1 ribbing. Gawd do I hate ribbing. So, here's the real bragging bit, I managed to finish up to whole projects last night! I'm so stinking proud of myself today I could feel the lilt in my walk. I threw a pic of them on here too, sorry about the hairy legs guys. I promise the socks aren't that purple looking. Some light just makes them look like an old lady's rinsed hair.

Alas, that was the last of my stash I bought while home in Alaska last year. That means it's time for another trip home, right?

Well, that's enough of that before you guys start throwing rotten tomatoes at me. Hope you all have a great night,

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Congrats! what a productive night!

ronhuber's picture

BEautiful shawl and lovely socks. Great work.

WillyG's picture

Ooh! I can see why you'd be excited about that blanket. Lace tends to be that way! It's delightful.

As for hairy legs, I daresay we prefer them. I do, anyway. In fact, I rejoice when I see socks modeled on hairy legs.

But now that you suggest, it, lobbing tomatoes at you sounds like fun.

AKQGuy's picture

Hmmm, I wouldn't mind seeing some hairy legged models with nice gats modeling some socks. It would probably keep me from stalling on sock knitting.

fuzzed's picture

GORGEOUS blanket!!

Also, you should NEVER apologize for hairy legs. Some of us view hirsuteness as an asset, not a detriment. :)

AKQGuy's picture


CLABBERS's picture

The blanket is beautiful. I can't image doing something like that. I also really admire the workmanship on the socks. I am stepping up from scarves and hats to socks now and I just can't get my head wrapped around what to do with the heal and gussets. But, hey, at least I know what they are. :) What pattern did you use? Would you consider sharing it with me?

Again, beautiful work...certainly deserving of a bit of bragging.


AKQGuy's picture

Those were my first toe up socks. I've made several sets of top down for others but I decided to attack these for me. They are the "short row tow and heel basic toe up socks" from "socks from the toe up" book from wendy knits. I think I prefer the toe up and am going to learn how to do two at a time, that way I stall on the second one a bit less.

Once you've done heels, gussets and toes once and get the concept of how you are shaping the material as yo work, the world of knitting opens its book of secrets before you... I promise.

Good luck and keep those needles churning!

herbie74's picture

When I learned socks, they had me make felted slippers first to get the feel of how to do the heel and gussets in a larger size, instead of with (relatively) tiny sock yarn.

I've also referenced this: http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/

It has good tutorials with lots of screenshots for how everything works.

Masala's picture

That baby blanket is really fabulous and is what I’d expect to see for a baby’s blanket. Socks are great too. I’d not be to concerned about a little gloating, I never am. What you do is an art. Others do it on canvas; we just do it with yarn and needles! (smile and wink). Sid

chipsir's picture

The blanket is perfect, you did an excellent job. You just go right ahead and brag, it is your right, none of us would want to take that away from you. Don't be to hard on the "blue rinse" set, at least they have hair lol (I am folicly challenged). Great socks, I have not done toe ups.

MMario's picture

Brag and gloat away! The baby blanket looks Fantastic!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

herbie74's picture

The blanket is beautiful! Love both the color shifts and the pattern itself.

I've been eying the Hemlock Ring blanket for my first foray into something lace-like.

AKQGuy's picture

I'm going to have to look that one up. Haven't heard of it and am always looking for more inspiration

rc_in_sd's picture

"Yes, it is quite lovely" would be an understatement. Great job!

steve kadel's picture

nice job

we won't just get a cat, nubby nu nu, will manifest a kitten from our love...and lint from our hemp socks

we put birds on things

davidjames181's picture

Love, love, love the blanket! Well done! Bragging rights are definitely in order!

purlyman's picture

Oh my - what a beautiful blanket!! It's so great! I'm working on using the same technique right now... knitting in the round and increasing at the four corners... however, I'm being very lazy and just knitting straight through, no fancy lacework like you done or anything. I just need to get through the project as quickly as possible. I changing colors every 8 rounds so it's at least interesting that way. Yours is amazing!! Congratulations!!


great color and really beautiful blanket. The socks are looking good. I have yet to tackle a toes up pattern and I like to knit socks a lot. I really don't mind the ribbing part, tho lots pf people seem to regard it with distaste----if we all lived within 5 miles of each other, I would volunteer to do eveybodys ribbing!

AKQGuy's picture

I'm more than happy to pay postage...

jonathan1986's picture

The blanket is gorgeous, I love the colours! I wish I could do lace, or at least that I had the patience to do lace!

Brag on!

AKQGuy's picture

Well, when you decide to tackle lace, remember to give yourself some quiet time with no distractions as you sit down to it at first, and make sure you hold off on whatever your favorite alcoholic beverages are until your fingers know what you've thrown at them. At least, that's my secret.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That blanket did block quite nicely, Q. And the socks worked out quite well, too. I find it interesting that toe-up worked out best for you but, hey, at least you are working on socks. LOL I may have to do a pair and work on a design that you can try out for me. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AKQGuy's picture

Anytime... but if there's a lot of ribbing, expect to have to wait. I heard there was a bidding battle for your sweater friday night.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Okay, for you there will be minimal ribbing. LOL I hadn't heard about results for the sweater [or shawl] as far as the fundraising went. I hoped that the sweater - being an original design - would generate a lot of interest. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

The blanket color shift alone is brilliant-like a sunset. The detail is gorgeous.