Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bug presents: Hemlock Blocked

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Hemlock Ring Blanket
Cascade Ecological Wool, color 8087 (478 yards per skein), ~2.3 skeins
US 8 Knitpicks Options circular needles (up to 60" cables)
US 8 dpns

This was a great project, though I didn't find it to be as quick a knit as many others have described. As I tend to knit loosely, I used smaller needles than suggested.

The pattern Jared links to has an error in round 35. This version of the pattern has the correct instructions for the round. I used the expanded chart offered on the Hemlock Ring Blanket KAL until it ran out on Round 121. Then I increased during Round 122 following the methodology of earlier chart increases and worked through Round 126 before following the instructions in the original doily pattern (Round 87) for binding off (whew! that took awhile).

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I used approximately 1100 yards of yarn. Post blocking, the blanket measured 58 inches in diameter. I'm guessing I should have used larger (US 9 ?) needles if I wanted my blanket to block out flatter (not to mention larger, for the same quantity of work). As it is, there's quite a bit of what amounts to ruching in the feather and fan portions of the blanket. I don't really mind this - I think it's quite pretty, actually.

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I'm very happy with how it turned out!

When you hold it up to the light, it looks so airy...
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but don't worry - it's nice and warm : )

Here are some close-ups:
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Once again, Moana tried to play coy for a while, but eventually she succumbed to the call of the wool...
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And then... Bug knocked me over so he could enjoy the Hemlock Ring Blanket with me (he was clearly wondering when I was going to put the camera down).
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41 comments:

Tammy said...

Oh! It looks wonderful! You did a great job... with the knitting and the photos!

I commend you, I've eyed that blanket but I don't think I'd ever have the attention span to get through it. Blankets sc-sc-scare me.

Yarn It said...

Your blanket is gorgeous! You really did a fabulous job. So far I am loving the pattern but I am only on round 60 or so. You are inspiring me to keep on knitting it after seeing your gorgeous results!

Kirsten said...

Beautiful!! It looks like the perfect thing to cozy up under on a cold winter day!

SJ said...

It's spectacular, and it looks so cozy and warm! I wasn't really feeling a need to knit a blanket before, but now that I've seen yours, I may need to whip one up! (I wonder if I could use that leftover 220 ...)

ccr in MA said...

That is beautiful! Nice job...

And well done on the cat-color-coordination, too. Impressive!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Leave it to kittens to try to steal the show during a fo photography session! I agree that the ruching effect is pretty. What an accomplishment, nice work!

anphoe said...

It's gorgeous!! I like the picture that you holding it up to the light, it's very neat!

LisaB said...

It looks great! I really like that photo held up to the light. Very pretty.

soknitpicky said...

That looks really perfect!

elizabeth marley said...

Oooh! Very Pretty!

Ewe-niss said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Lovely, just lovely.
Congratulations :-)

s t a c i said...

Gorgeous!

Kasia said...

I love it! It looks even better blocked! Now I want one too :) Just no idea when :P

Jess said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Love it! Great job!

Beth said...

I think this is so amazingly beautiful. What a work-of-art! I am again in awe.

YarnSnob said...

its beautiful and I too don't mind too much about the slight ripples.
There's a thing about cats and hemlock...we have to fight over ours :)

Erin said...

It is beautiful!!! I have been thinking about making this blanket--I think it is so lovely and yours proves my point. :)

Nonnahs said...

This is just stunning! Congratulations!

Bobbi said...

oh my gosh! It's stunning! just beautiful! and you took such wonderful pictures!

Amy said...

My god, that's beautiful. Great job and congratulations! Thanks especially for sharing that last photo--it's priceless. :)

Cindy said...

Your Hemlock Ring is gorgeous! My jellyfish has been sitting in the same spot for a week and now you are motivating me to get moving on it! I'm a bit worried about mine since it is not wool, hopefully it will block okay!

LizKnits said...

wow... that looks fabulous. Great job! Don't you just love cats too ... your two are just great here.

Annie said...

So beautiful!!!!!!!!

Irie said...

The blanket is lovely! :)

kmkat said...

It is beautiful. And so smart of you to choose a color of wool to coordinate with your cats :)

Madge said...

That Bug, he's a clever boy. Guess he takes after his momhuman that way!

GORGEOUS blankie. It's so organic, it reminds me of a sea anemone. (and I do like how it color coordinates with the kitties, too)

del said...

Oh my, that is an absolutely gorgeous blanket!! And it matches the kitties. The photos are incredible. Great job!

tgranulosa said...

I was sure bug was going to be a simple bump under the blanket by the fourth shot in the first sequence.

Jana said...

Cats and blankets? It just doesn't get better than that! :)

Oiyi said...

The blanket is gorgeous! A real heirloom piece. But I think all the kitties own it now. :-)

Alli said...

Love your blanket!!! I think I have the exact same color to make -my- Hemlock Ring blanket.
The only thing that is holding me back from starting immediately is I don't think I have a long enough cable needle. I'm planning to use size 9 (I knit loose too!) and I have 2 30" circular needles. Maybe that would work or do you recommend trying to find a 60" needle?

Lisa said...

The blanket is beautiful. Thanks for giving us so many different angles of it.

Laiane said...

Excellent photographs (even the ones without cats in them). I love that pattern!

hetty said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!

Sunflowerfairy said...

Yay!! I've been waiting for these photos!!

Beautiful!

Knittymuggins said...

Beautiful!! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

knittymuggins

rachel iufer said...

oh the blanket is lovely! i've got to make one!

Disentangled said...

so pretty! such a great project! I know you will use that blanket a ton...and the kitties definitely will!

Sarah said...

I'm late in commenting...but it looks wonderful! (And it coordinates so nicely with Bug. :-))

Brown Berry said...

Now that finished knit just BEGS for a cuddle. Gorgeous!

Erin said...

It is gorgeous! I really want to knit a blanket but I just haven't yet. This pattern is on my short list.