Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mermaids Don't Lose Sleep Over the Opinion of Shrimp

  The time is here!  I'm finally going to tell you what I'm knitting!  I had to break away from my De-Stash 2016 efforts for this project, but I justify it because it's a gift for someone.

Before I get into the pattern and pictures, I wanted to talk for a second about the needles I'm using.

Not my picture
For Christmas, my in-laws got me this absolutely beautiful set of interchangeable needles from Knit Picks.  It's called the Options Rosewood set, and I am in love.  The box alone is so elegant and lovely and the wood is just beautifully done.  There is a ribbon in the middle of the box, and pulling it reveals the circular cords and the key to tighten the needles.  

Two years ago I got my first set of interchangeables for Christmas from my mom.  It was one of the cheaper sets that they sell at Michael's.  I wanted something basic to see how often I would use them before committing to a nicer set like this one.  I liked it, but I did have a few issues with it.  No matter how tight I screwed on the needles, they always came loose (like, at the end of every other row.  So annoying).  I also had a few cords that were totally un-useable.  There was a gap between the screw and the cord big enough to put my fingernail into.  As I'm sure you can imagine, yarn snagged on it pretty bad.  

With this new set, I have none of those problems.  No snags, tight screws, and I just feel so lovely using them.  If you're looking to invest in a new set of interchangeables, I HIGHLY recommend this set.  

Now, onto the good stuff.  

For Christmas, I got one of the many knitting patterns on my wishlist: The Mermaid Blanket .  These fun blankets have been getting pretty popular on social media, and as soon as I saw one I knew I needed to make one for myself.  This particular pattern comes in two versions, the cocoon and the lapghan.  

My younger sister came to me about a month ago and asked if I could make one of these blankets for her best friend, who is the closest thing to a mermaid that I've ever met.  

Yes, this is actually her.  Photo credit to American Beauty Media.
Of course I couldn't say no to her.  We went to Michael's that day to get the yarn I needed.  Typically, I hate working with acrylic yarn.  I have purged almost all of it from my stash.  For this project, though, we wanted some cheap yarn, especially because of how much I needed.  

We decided on Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn.  It was half off, so I got all the yarn I needed for the entire blanket for under $13.  I do have to say, you get what you pay for.  I've used about a skein and a half of each color so far, and I have encountered a ridiculous amount of yarn vomit and knots.  I tried winding the yarn into a cake to see if that would help, but no such luck.  The only solution I've found to combat these ridiculous tangles and knots is to wind it into a ball by hand.  I am not a fan of this yarn and after this blanket, I won't be using it again.  

This pattern is knit with two strands.  The pattern recommends either using two strands of the same color or two different shades of the same color.  I, of course did not do that.  I decided on the colorways aqua and grass.  They actually go really well together and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  

For this project, I'm making the lapghan version of the blanket in size medium.  The first step is to knit the fin.  

Aren't the colors gorgeous?!

This was actually a quick, fun knit.  As you can see in the picture, it is simple ribbing and shaping to make the fin shape.  

Now, I'm working on the body of the blanket. 

It is slow going.  I like the pattern and the way the scales are made, but I feel like I've been working on it for so long and I'm not even close.  The step I'm on now is to continue in this pattern until the blanket measures 42''.  I'm at about 13'' right now.

I'll keep you all updated on the blanket and my progress.  I know the finished product will be worth all this work, but dang it's a lot!

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