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Last week, I finished the Lacy Chunky Throw as a bridal shower gift for my cousin Melissa.  The shower was this past Saturday, so now I can officially share the blanket with you all. Here it is nestled in its basket, waiting to be wrapped in cellophane:

This was a super-quick, satisfying knit.  The chunkiness of the the blanket is nicely counterbalanced by the openness of the lace; it’s warm without being too heavy, and it is the perfect size for snuggling close together on the couch.

Here is the what the front side of the lace pattern looks like:

and here is the back:

The pattern was very easy to memorize, so it’s great for mindless couch knitting.  I made a few modifications since the yarn wasn’t quite as bulky as the yarn called for in the pattern.  I went down a needle size, from the recommended size US19 to a set of US17 needles.

Also, instead of casting on 76 stitches, I CO 80 to give it a little extra width.  I ended up using 6 skeins of yarn, for a total yardage of 588 yds., which is a little more than the pattern version.  Here it is draped on my king-sized bed, to give you and idea of its size:

It would be nice to knit a whole stack of these for the house – but the larger needles are really tough on your hands and arm joints.  If you knit this, be sure to take frequent stretching breaks!   

Hopefully, the weather will turn permanently chilly soon so that the newlyweds can get some use out of it.   Snuggling together drinking warm apple cider…it doesn’t get any better than that.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Lacy Chunky Throw by Wenlan Chia {free pattern!}
  • Yarn: Lion Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn, 6 skeins in the color Fisherman
  • Needles: Size US 17, 29″ circulars
  • Finished Size: Approx. 47″ x 58″
  • Ravelers: Click here for project page
  • Modifications: Went down a needle size, used 98 extra yds of yarn, CO 80

Are you knitting any blankets in anticipation of the cool weather?  Please share which pattern you are working on! ~J

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…that I can knit a blanket in 24 days?  We shall see. ~J

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October marks my One Year Knitting Anniversary.

{2008-2009 projects}

{2008-2009 projects}

According to Ravelry, I have knit a total of 38 projects since that very first cast-on.  It was Jaime who patiently taught me how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch.  It was last October, and our Mom in the hospital and was very, very sick; we were spending 8-10 hours a day just sitting in her room waiting for her to get better.   One morning Jaime showed up with some bright blue yarn and a pair of size 8 bamboo knitting needles.

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

{the crazy turquiose yarn}

She patiently showed me how to do a long-tail cast-on and the simple knit stitch.  She thought knitting would be a good way to pass the time, but it ended up being so much more than that.  Slowly, the conversations shifted from heart illnesses and transplants to dropped stitches and Mom’s stories about how she used to crochet growing up.  It was therapeutic and uplifting for all of us, I think, as we sat and giggled about the hideous blue monster growing on my needles…

By the time Mom was released, I had really gotten the hang of knitting and purling.  Jaime and I decided to visit a local yarn store called Stitches with Style.  When I walked in, I felt amazingly at home – there was so much yarn in so many different textures and colors – it was like being a kid in a candy store, a feeling I still get whenever I walk in there.

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

{my wonderful little yarn shop}

After walking around for at least an hour, touching the skeins and looking at the beautiful work displayed around the shop, I finally settled on some Lanaloft Wool in a reddish-pink colorway.   It was with this yarn that I knit my first real scarf.   While admiring my finished creation, I noticed that the first half of the scarf looked slightly different from the second half – I made the rookie mistake of not checking the dye lots.  I still buy my all of my yarn from that little shop.  They are always so helpful and nice and happily, they are just down the block!

{My first real project}

{My first real project}

Since that first real scarf, there have been lots of other ‘firsts’ – the first baby hat:

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

{Sunshine Baby Hat}

The first lace and sweater:

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

{Shaped Lace Camisole}

The first cables:

{Eyeglass holder}

{Eyeglass holder}

The first knitting in the round:

{Baby Beanie Hat}

{Baby Beanie Hat}

What a joyous moment that was – no purling!  There was the first charity knitting, for Lucinda and her Cooper:

{A sweet little blue bird}

{A sweet little blue bird}

My first original pattern:

{Perla's Cloche}

{Perla's Cloche}

It would be impossible to list all of them.  Each project has been a learning experience, and each mistake has been invaluable in helping me become a better knitter.

Knitting sometimes conjures up images of little old ladies sitting in rocking chairs, so I was completely surprised by the huge, amazingly talented community of young knitters that are out there.

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

{Clockwise from top left: Ysolda, Jared, Wenlan, Susan}

Ysolda Teague, Jared Flood, Susan Anderson, Wenlan Chia – they are all classic and edgy and vibrant, and continue to be a true source of inspiration.   There is never a day when I am not browsing the amazing knitting on Ravelry – the creativity that is out there is simply astounding.

I am so excited about this next year of knitting and for all of the new ‘firsts’ I’ll get to experience.   And I will forever be thankful to my sister for giving me this wonderful gift.

Have a great weekend! ~Jenny

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