Hold onto your Hats

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Because you’re not gonna believe your eyes. Something is about to happen here that hasn’t occurred in a very VERY long time…if ever

Are you ready?

You sure?

Ok, here goes…

I have an FO!
Marina’s Baby Blanket

Go ahead, I’ll wait for you to recover…All better now?

Stats: Secret Spiral Baby Blanket of Interminable Edging (SSBBoIE) aka Marina’s Baby Blanket
Body: Pinwheel Baby Blanket
Edging: Igrid’s Bridal Knot Shawl Edging from A Gathering of Lace
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft 100% Asscrylic [6 oz. 315 yd.] in Autumn Red (.50 skein); Victorian Rose (.75 skein); Bone (2.25 skeins)

Needles: US Size 7 [4.5 mm] Denise Interchangeables, various lengths.
Mods/Comments: I didn’t really do any modifications except to Frankenstein 2 patterns together. This time I used the Magic Cast-on instead of the Emily Ocher’s Circular Cast-on, and I don’t like the way it looks. The circular cast-on is so much prettier and symetrical . The body of the blanket knit up wicked quick. BUT Oh. My. GAWD did the edging take FORfrigginEVER! And the chart was so wide and long that I could never completely memorize it so my nose stayed glued to that chart until the very end.

Also, the blanket turned out WAY bigger than I was planning (that’s a Queen-sized bed), which was due 100 percent to my total and utter dumbassery. First of all, I INVITED the DH to choose the edging pattern. BIIIG mistake, but only a minor one in the scheme of things. You see, I completely forgot to take into consideration that a 20-row repeat short-row edging only uses up 10 live stitches per repeat, so, to encompass the entire circumference of 520 stitches, I needed to repeat the edging pattern a grand total of 52 times, not the 26 times that I initially calculated. I had to go back and buy more of the edging yarn, twice! (Which is allowed according to my KFYS rules. In fact, this is the ONLY yarn I’ve purchased since it’s inception, so there!)

Oh! And then there’s my sucky-assed grafting job which you can’t see because it’s on the far side of the picture. Unfortunately I stumbled onto Knit Witch’s tutorial about 36 hours too late to save this blanket, but I figure since it’s going to be covered in all manner of baby excretions soon enough, a little fucked-up 38-stitch Bitchener row will be the least if its worries.

Besides, Sassy seems to like it, I had yet to get the pins in it for it’s steam bath, and she was all over it.

mmmmm…So Sproingy and Squeaky! Wha?

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