Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Work in Progress and Wool-Eater Wednesday


On Sunday Chris posed a question on my blog about my Wool-Eater blanket:

What does the other side look like? I can't get past the color showing on the foundation row of each new color. It's me, just something that drives me batty in knitting when changing colors on ribbing. I always do the first row in knit so I don't have those color blips on my purls showing.

First things first: here are two pictures, one of the front and one of the back. On the back side the colours form a field of not very interesting mounds. On the front there are ridges outlining the diamond shapes of each row; this looks a bit like a Cathedral Window Quilt to me. I really like the three dimensional quality of this pattern. Before starting the blanket I too was concerned about those colour blips, but now I'm embracing them. I've come to think of them as representing the stitch lines in my multi-coloured crocheted quilt.

I'm way ahead on the CAL. According to Sarah London's proposed schedule I should now have finished colour eight, but instead I'm working on colour eleven. I just can't seem to put it down. The blanket measures thirty inches squares now. But now the trouble starts. I've come to the end of the bright red yarn about 20 yards short. My plan this evening is to rip this colour out entirely to see if I can't re-crochet it a bit tighter and squeak through. After all this is meant to be a stash-busting blanket - wouldn't that notion be entirely defeated if I run out to buy more?

Don't forget to check out the links at Tami's Amis! There's sure to be plenty of interesting projects to check out ... and maybe the inspiration for your next project?


22 comments:

pinkundine said...

Wow, it looks amazing! And, although I am not a fan of the colour blips generally, I think they look pretty in the blanket :)

Kim Sonksen said...

oh WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW what a fabulous WIP this is. I want to do the Bavarian Crochet blanket too at some stage. Your colours are just so awesome

Amanda said...

Both sides are lovely!

Sandy said...

Beautiful, both sides, love the colors. You're really making wonderful headway....wow

Sandy said...

oophs had a link on my cut and paste, sorry bout that, previous post will take you to a pattern. Here I am again as me.

Andria said...

Oh my goodness that is amazing! I love the colours, it is so pretty!

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

This is the nicest one I've seen - it's amazing. I love the colours. Can't wait to see it finished (not that I want to rush you, or anything!)

xxx

JayNic Knit Knacks said...

that pattern and the colours are really cool.

Karen said...

Your blanket is gorgeous!

Typstatting said...

It is looking really stunning! Have started mine but have not come that far! Other W.I.P. to do as well.

Chrisknits said...

I agree. I prefer the side with teh texture. But, I am horrible with a hook, so I doubt I would be able to make one for me. I will live vicariously through yours. LOL Thanks for the photo.

Thinkin' Out Loud said...

That it lovely! Though I'm not a color lover in the least so I think I would have probably stopped and made it into a pillow :) for that splash of color instead of a whole blanket. I can't wait to see this thing finished.

Liz said...

The blanket looks fantastic! I hope you get get the yarn to stretch far enough :)

CloseAcademy said...

I love, love, love that blanket. The colors are so vibrant.

heather said...

Oooh, I love the back too! Fabulous!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I like both sides of the blanket!

Yarnchanger said...

What an amazing job!

Heather said...

That is a beautiful pattern. Really it's stunning. Hope to see it as a FO soon!

JNCL said...

Absolutely and perfectly awesome, says the green-eyed monster sitting in my recliner next to me. ;D
JNCL
The Beauty of Eclecticism

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

I love yours so far! I am really going to have to join into this at some point.

One pair of Hands said...

I've just gasped in horror. Pull out all that beautiful work? I just couldn't do it. I think I would yield to temptation and go out and buy another ball of red.

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

it's stunning!!