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Monday, March 01, 2010

The Franket and a Historical Hero

Yesterday afternoon I finished the Big Blue Block! I have one more block to add to the Franket before it's finished, but it's going to be the biggest block of all.

Right now it measures 51 inches tall by 63 inches wide. (Just out of curiousity, I checked the pattern and they claim it's supposed to be 50 x 60 when it's finished. No, I didn't check gauge, why do you ask?) The last block is supposed to go at the bottom of what you see in the picture and is supposed to be worked half in the sand color and half in the darkest chocolate color (intarsia). I asked Mickael about it, and we looked at the blanket together and decided to make some changes. If I do the final block as the pattern is written, the blanket will be about 72 inches by 63 inches - huge, but really wider than it needs to be. If I attach the last block next to the Big Blue Block, it will be 51 inches wide and nice and long - a much better fit for a tall husband (I say 6'3", he claims 6'2" but whichever, he's tall). So that's what I'm going to do. I'll put the last block on in two colors, doing intarsia, next to the Big Blue Block and finish the blanket.

Since it's not done, I don't get a medal in the Ravelympics, but I'm OK with that. I've made most of a giant monster blanket.

In a completely different topic, just for a little bit of Monday fun, have you ever wondered what Davy Crockett would look like if he was a potato? Check out that hand knitted hat he's sporting. (Plans A and B, both involving pipe cleaners, fell through so I knit the little potato a hat. I've never knit for a potato before.) We had checked ahead of time that our potato could be armed at school. You can't very well be king of the wild frontier and wander around unarmed. You never know where a bear might pop up!



Blogger Yarndude said...

Returning to an older post here... I have a question that I'm almost embarrassed to be asking. How have you been picking up the stitches along the side of your garter stitch blocks? I'm just not satisfied with the way mine looks when I do it and none of my reference books (or any online searches) have shown me what I want to know. (and I can't believe I don't know this...)

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