Friday, February 3, 2012

craft :: blankie in the making

so i've recently picked up crocheting. but unlike normal people who slowly progress from practice squares to scarves then to hats and then to bigger thing... i decided i'd make a blanket!! knitted fabrics do have a bad reputation for looking old but i found this great pattern for a trendy granny stripe blanket from purlbee! oh love! 

so with my pattern and my iphone translator, i hit the stores! 


the selection was overwhelming! and i didn't know where to start! this kind old man felt sorry for me and gathered his whole team of knitting grannies to help. they insisted that i couldn't make a synthetic wool blanket as my first ever project. "has to be 100 % wool so its soft" as he makes his squishy comfy face holding my imaginary blankie-to-be. 

im such a sucker. so i got TWENTY of these squishy soft babies..
that obviously cost me and arm and a leg.


then the ladies told me that i NEEDED these awesome tools. 
that cost 3 times more than the regular ones.. 


i picked this out as an accent color. its sparkley and alpaca wool! 
soo luxurious!!!


a cute little test square for my pattern. 


and it all begins... 

ooo i can't wait till it becomes a real blankie.
its so slow-moving but im really excited to see the end product!!

have a cosy weekend!

xx

26 comments:

  1. oooo good luck with your first ever blankie! :D

    Awwww!! Bless them for trying to help you!

    I remember my first knitting project, I went to the oldest department store in my town which had only old grannies working in the entire store. I was picking out needles to be told by the nice old granny assistant ' you don't want to be paying that much for needles dear! I am sure you can pick up some perfectly adequate ones for about a £1 from Oxfam down the road!' LOL

    This was a proper old school store that sells a range of school uniforms, craft-ware and other things. The entire store still operated one central cashier with lots of tube shutes to carry the cash to them! I wish I had appreciated it a bit more when I lived in that town! It's actually a piece of history now I think about it.

    Sorry I went on a little ramble there.....

    I love the sparkly accent wool!!!

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  2. Your pattern is really nice! Not a basic pattern too! The expensive hooks are a very good investment. They really make the process more comfortable. I have one too and I love it.

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  3. omg persevere is all i can say :)

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  4. i'm sure like with everything else you'd do a great job with the blanket!
    I have absolute faith in you! =)

    Cant wait to see the finished product!

    *HUGS* Jia you!

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  5. @Jian

    what a lovely memory! :) i do like charming little stores like that! they lend a more personal touch to the shopping experience!

    and i felt BADDD to not buy what they recommended! so i paid for everything hahahaha! :)

    xx

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  6. @fernoftheforest

    reeeeely!? :) yayy!! im over the moon that you think its a pretty pattern. as a beginner, i have limited experience what a pretty knit is! :) i'll learn im sure!

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  7. @kennytricia

    tell me about it. 3 yarns in and i hardly have enough to cover musashi! bah!!

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  8. @Yingjie

    thanks sweets! you have too much faith in me.

    i feel like the child we can't finish her cross-stitch! (totally was that child when i was younger too..)

    wish i had mom to help me finish!

    xx

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  9. you're making me wanna do this... :) very tempting!!!!! -sa

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  10. Aww~ looks like your blankie is coming along quite fast already! lol...your story of getting all your supplies. XD I'm sure you're gonna make it so nice and pretty!! I'm excited for the final result!

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  11. didn't know you like to crochet! I'm sure the blanket is going to be adorable. Cannot wait to see it. My mom loves to crochet too.

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  12. @Anonymous

    do it! :) its super easy! if you need i can send you tips on what yarn to pick or even send you some from tha wonderful odakaya (thanks for the card again!!)

    xx

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  13. @tiffyama

    its anything but fast! i keep recounting now many rows i've made, im at 9 of 125 hah! :)

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  14. @OksanaB

    i just picked it up! at the rate im going it, im going to be fabulous by the end of this blanket! :)

    i would love to see your mom's work!

    x

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  15. I have a blankie that looks almost identical to the one you're making, and I've had it since I was born, so it's been around for 27 years... looking a little ragged now but very loved. Hopefully yours lives as long as mine :o)

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  16. Omg! I've been meaning to try! Like I don't have enough things on my hand. You don't know how tempted I'm to go scour for tools and supplies right now. The husb is simply shaking his head, in disgust. But but... Afghh.

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  17. Congratulations on jumping into the yarn pool with such an impressive first project! Your yarn looks lovely.

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  18. Wow! Your blankie is already looking lovely! I don't know much about crocheting but I've always wanted to try my hand at knitting and I think they're the same thing? Can't wait to see the end produt!

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  19. @jacobithegreat

    im telling myself that so i can justify the price of the yarn! lol

    xx

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  20. @Ruth

    its fun but takes up sooooo much time!!! *boooo*

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  21. @joyce

    more or less the same! knitting is with two sticks and i heard a little more difficult! i'll perfect crochet and move on to knitting next! :)

    (if i EVER complete this project!)

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  22. i love the colors you picked! I can't wait till you finish to see the final product! I remember my first painstaking knitted shawl, taking knitting classes in CHINESE in shanghai (Gawd, idk how i stuck to it!) i'm glad at least one of us has courage and the talent :p

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  23. Hey babe, I'm making the same blanket too! <3

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  24. @Jiayan

    yayy! we should form an online knit and bitch! :)

    xx

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