Monday, May 21, 2007

Now, On To Blocking!

I can't believe it! I've knit a total of twenty four of these little squares. The square in the photo above is Kureyon color # 163. The color appears fairly accurate on my monitor but there seems to be a depth to the color that is missing. I think this is one of my favorite squares. The colors remind me of deep ocean waters and algae.

When I started this project, I had in mind that I would knit an extra row across so that the finished blanket would be a little bit wider. But you know, with all my moaning about no finished objects, I've decided it is time to move onto the next step.

The square to the left was the last to be finished! It is in Kureyon color # 183.

Now I've got to block twenty four of these squares. I know I don't have a place to lay them all out at once. So I'll have to do it in stages. I want to make sure that they all end up the same size. I think that will make the seaming go a little bit easier.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to make a little grid that will be reusable so I can block them all the same. Maybe I can find something cheap in the Wal-Mart craft section.

I've still got to get some yarn for seaming and the border. I'm thinking that I'll use cascade 220 like the pattern call for - but I've still got to pick a color. I'll pick a color once I get all the squares blocked and laid out.

It's not finished - but I'm still giving myself a little hooray for getting this far.

19 comments:

Monika said...

Whooy! That's a big step! I'm very interested in your grid for blocking, since I'll have to block 40 little squares (12'X 12") in the near future. I like the # 163 as well, for the exact same reasons as you do. ;o)

Bezzie said...

You deserve a big hooray! No way would I have made it that far!

knittygurl said...

Congrats! I'm very excited for you! Can't wait to see the finished object!

Sue J. said...

I'm giving you a great big hurray, and a huge attagirl. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Zonda said...

Awesome for you!! I need to get some of the 183 and now the 163, love those colors.

You need those foam type mats, like these here: http://www.amazon.com/TKO-Interlocking-Fitness-Mat-Four/dp/B000BKY81G/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-0730883-6476113?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1175519366&sr=8-1

Wendy knits used them recently. You may even find something locally similar. Good luck!
http://wendyknits.net/archives/2007_04.html

michelle said...

i don't know how big your squares are...but i bought cork board squares at target recently. they are 12 inches square and come in a pack of 4. i can't remember how much they cost but i remember them being really cheap. i was thinking it would be perfect for blocking a scarf. or using as a cork board.

your blanket is going to be great.

Batty said...

Great colors! I'm not sure how I'd block it, but it's going to be gorgeous!

cpurl17 said...

Whoo hoo!! I'm so impressed! Good luck with the blocking!

bockstark.knits said...

that is going to be pretty! i wish i had that much patience!!! can't wait to see it all done!

Jessica said...

You get a BIG HOORAY for getting this far! It's a great looking blanket. I can't wait to see yours finished! :D

Mom said...

Yea Rah!!! Ideas for blocking - plastic used for template making in quilts - your cutting mat that you use with the rotary cutter - the cork board sounds good then draw a your finished size on it with non-fading marker - foam board that you can get at Staples, office depot etc (its like poster board on both sides and styrofoam in the middle - take an old rug remnant and draw your square on it - or several squares so that you can do more than one at a time.

It's going to be gorgeoooous!!!!

Deb said...

Yea for you - and for us for getting to see it.

Sherry said...

Yes, you deserve a huge amount of praise for knitting all of the squares in a relatively short amount of time. Hooray!

I haven't kept up with all of your posts and comments the past few weeks. I do hope you decided to line the afghan if it doesn't soften after you wash it. You just have to use it ... it will be beautiful!!!

eusebius said...

Nice work!!!

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bradyphrenia said...

Hooray! can't wait to see the blanket.

gilraen said...

Your squares are lovely. I'm so looking forward to seeing them altogether :)

Good luck with the blocking :)

Dipsy said...

You definitely deserve that little hooray - even a really big one indeed! These squares are absolutely lovely, and I so can't wait to see them sewn together in all their glory!

angelarae said...

Hooray for you! Seems like the fun part will be deciding how to lay these out. Lots of different possibilities.

Ang

mel said...

That is going to be the coolest blanket! I can't wait to see it - and I can't believe your patience to knit so many squares!

I made my own blocking boards based on an article in Knitty, and some other help from folks in the blogosphere - it was cheap, and they are covered with 1"x1" gingham check fabric - which helps with measurements - just a thought!