FO!

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Wow, it’s about time I wrote another blog post. I hope this will be a jump-start to better attendance here at my blog.

So, here is my latest FO (finished object).  It’s a lap blanket made for our excellent friends, Mike and Karla, who recently moved from Atlanta to Michigan.  When I learned they were going to Michigan, I realized they would need something warm.  I also wanted it to be symbolic of their years in Georgia and to speak to their locavore souls.  Thus, I made a quick trip here — Southern Estate Alpacas in Adairsville, Georgia, and bought some of their locally raised alpaca yarn.

The whole enchilada

The whole enchilada

So the lap blanket is not only warm, it’s connected to their old home in Georgia in a profound way.  I sure hope they enjoy using it as much as I enjoyed knitting it.  You can see the pattern in detail on my Ravelry page right here.  I’m calling it the Back to Square One blanket.

Close up of Back to Square One blanket

Close up of Back to Square One blanket

It’s a very fun knitting technique I found in a pattern by Artemis Ardornments—you basically start with a straight line of stitches but little by little “zip up” the center by doing k3tog decreases in the middle, thus making the diagonal line in each square.  It was a perfect combination of easy knitting — all garter stitch — but with a little twist that makes it interesting.

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See the diagonal line made as the decreases zip up what was a straight line into a square?

I did 5 squares by 6 squares, and I picked up and knit the edging in broken rib pattern.  Then finished with a stretchy bind off.

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FO!

I’m joining Ginny for Yarn Along and Nicole for Keep Calm, Craft On, to show you my latest finished object, modeled by L’Oiseau:

The finished Oriental Lily!

The finished Oriental Lily!

I blogged about this pattern (it’s Oriental Lily from Ravelry) in this post.

Now if she’ll just wear it.  I was able to get this modeling session only because I promised that she could take the dress off (and put on her Sleeping Beauty costume) immediately after I took the picture.  Sigh . . . it’s a tad big for her, so hopefully her taste in clothing will change soon and she’ll wear it before the cold weather ends.  Right now she wants to wear only costumes: some days it’s Alice in Wonderland, some days Ariel or Sleeping Beauty, some days Dorothy (y’know, the Wizard of Oz Dorothy).

What is your latest FO?  Please show it off — Click the link below and then type in your URL:

FO!

Now, don’t go getting offended.  FO doesn’t stand for what you think it stands for.  It means Finished Object in knit-geek-speak.  I’m joining Ginny for Yarn Along and Nicole for Keep Calm, Craft On to show you the latest thing off the needles:

L’Oiseau’s new hat

And here’s where I blogged about it and explained the specialness of the beads: https://etcfarmsblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/yarn-along-2/

I’m very happy with this little number, and super happy with how the beaded tassel turned out.  The beads were gifts from various friends at our baby shower years ago, so it has special meaning.  I’ve learned that the multi-colored round bead was made by our friend Steven.  Still hoping to ID the others as friends see the photo and claim their bead.

As for current projects, this is still on the needles:

Oriental Lily sweater in Noro silk garden yarn

But it’s a bit longer than it was in that photo.  Hopefully it will be finished soon and join the FO club!

What is your latest FO?  Click the Mister Linky button below to linky-link to your blog and let’s do show and tell! Please come back and leave a comment too. P.S. If you want to see all the links from other readers, you have to click the button, too. (But you won’t be committed to linking, so don’t worry!)