151 thoughts on “Blankie Status: 6

  1. I can’t look. I almost wish that I had not checked the blog today, and just found the finished blanket photo tomorrow or the next day, and then looked back to see how close it had been.

    All the best, Stephanie. Oh, congratulations on your new little nephew! What a sweetheart…

  2. If worse comes to worst–which it probably won’t because you are the Yarn Harlot–could you possibly use some of the “other” white yarn to knit a panel with a blue monogram in it. It would look like a deliberate decision to specifically personalize this blanket. The only people who would know the real story are the zillions of people who read this blog. We wouldn’t tell and would cheer you on.

    [You are the Yarn Harlot. You can probably figure out how to make that panal work on a corner.]

  3. Oh the suspense. How do you do the corners? I’ve added borders on round shawls/blankies this way but not on square ones. I love this technique for adding borders.
    Your new nephew is adorable and Katie looks fantastic. Congratulations to you all!

  4. How many tails do you have that you can spit-splice together?

    Looks great — good luck and congratulations on such a darling, little nephew!

  5. Please, please, pl-eeze! Post a quick update when you finish, advising as to whether you made it (“whew!”) or if you cleverly covered your tracks.

    • 20 rows – over and back once for each stitch on the blanket body. The edging is knit over more than 10 stitches, hence the other needles with more stitches on it.

      Though shalt not have sufficient yarn to start a project and then decide to use some of it for something else and the order more to fill in the gap. For heaven sake next time use the new yarn for the additional project and leave well enough alone. This is way too hard on the knitter to have this sort of unnecessary stress.

      Although in the words of Presbyteria, where is the entertainment value in that!?

  6. Close you eyes and think….more yardage! Make the yarn strrrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaattttch! You could always knit tighter too ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Oh my gosh! How does this happen to you every single time? Well, I believe in you – either you will have enough (barely) or you will figure something out.

  8. As an occupational therapy student I got to take arts and crafts classes in college (but no underwater basketweaving). When a project didn’t go as planned the professor told us “pretend you wanted it that way”. So (hope this does not jinx you) if you run out, leave that little corner undone and pretend you wanted it that way. It could be your new “signature” for baby blankets. You could always leave an edged corner unfinished because a baby is a work in progress–G-d’s not finished with the new little human for a long time to come. Yeah, that’s what you can tell people. ;o)

  9. I’m looking at those rows of garter stitch below the lace on the border. One fewer row of garter and you’d be golden.
    I like all of the prior ideas – split splicing all your ends, unraveling your swatch, doing a contrasting monogrammed corner.
    But please, please, please…..
    Next niece, nephew or, oh my gosh, grandchild, please buy extra yarn! The entire blog is holding its breath and biting its nails. I think we’re all knitting like the wind. God speed!

    • Took the words right out of my keyboard, though I was going to say 1″ – but I do think she’ll make it.

  10. Oh no!!! How can this happen– AGAIN?!?! Frankie is perfect and so will be his blankie… I have to agree, IF there isn’t quite enough, I like the monogram idea! Go Steph!

  11. Oy, If anyone can, you can. (and if not well, I like the idea of the monogrammed corner, It kindof fits that he was a little bit early and (heaven forbid) you’re a little bit short.
    He’s breathtakingly beautiful. Congratulations!

  12. If you run out, you could leave the corner incomplete and say you did it on purpose like the monks who made the Book of Kells and always left a mistake or unfinished part on each illuminated page because only God is perfect. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Every time you do this is like a disturbance in the force. I find myself hoping that you have held back the blog posts and that it has worked out and you letting the suspense build. Maybe this time you have? I sure am hoping that you will have enough or have a gauge swatch somewhere you can unravel or something if need be.

  14. there you go, 3 nifty solutions.
    1) knit a monogrammed corner with the original white wool
    2) unpick a small layette item (a bootie?) to obtain some matching new-order white wool. You could re-knit the layette item later with original white wool & nobody would notice.
    3) follow the Book of Kells
    btw quite apart from the story of how the blanket grew & the problems this presented, the blanket itself is a knockout. Drop dead gorgeous!
    which brings me to baby Frankie. He is really & truly an extraordinarily beautiful baby. The little face with the wide-set eyes is perfect.
    stephanie some day you might want to tell us how you ever did manage to corner the market on irresistible nephews …

  15. I’m with the mongramed corner. Like the unfinished corner but not sure I could bare it!
    What did you do to upset the knitting karma? โ˜บ
    Crossing everything. But you are the Yarn Harlot. You have this!

  16. I’m with you on the difficulty of working out the maths (that’s how we say it in non-Canafian speak) of how much yarn is needed.

    I’m with you on the ‘let’s trust that it will be ok and some suspense is fun’ approach.

    I’m even with you on the finagling needed to make it work no matter what attitude.

    But for the sake of our collective blood pressures, I wish you would order safety skeins!

    • But a collection of safety skeins is how we get an enormous stash with not enough of any one yarn to make something!

      • I call that random extras for filling in corners, giving away, adding to a random project.. There IS no down side to extra yarn.

        Anyway, if you NEED the safety yarn, no probs!

  17. Oh, perfect — I had to touch the foot, and my gift to wee Frankie via his doting Aunt Harlot is the “other foot” for “This Little Piggie,” which I learned from my dad:
    This little piggie said, “I’ll go steal corn!”
    This little piggie said, “Where?”
    This little piggie said, “In Grandpa’s barn.”
    This little piggie said, “I’ll go tell!”
    And this little piggie said, “Eee-kee-kee-kee — can’t get over the door-sill!”

    As for Yarn Chicken, might Martha have a swatch from your previous crisis? Or is this a different lot?

    And may I respectfully suggest that you order 25 skeins (same lot, of course) to set aside at Chez Harlot for the next two babies.

  18. In Blankie 5, I advocated unraveling a part of the layette. But when I saw the pic of Frankie wearing it, it was obvious that you couldn’t do that – it’s too perfect on him.

    So, part of me thinks that you’ll pull this off with about 14″ to spare, and we’ll all wonder what all the fuss was about. If you do run short, there should be some yarn somewhere in your stash to match/coordinate with the lovely golden brown ribbons in the layette. A perfect color for the background of a corner monogram. I almost – ALMOST – hope that you do run short, since the monogram solution would make what shall hereafter be known as Frankie’s Blankie even more special and unique.

    Either way, the FO will be a perfect gift for your newest nephew.

  19. In crocheting, we can drop a hook size when it gets this close and we run out. Could dropping a needle size work if you have to pull back to the lifeline?

    Fingers crossed.

    Great baby.

  20. I’m so excited! The blanket is lovely and however you finish, all that excitement about the baby and his arrival into the world will be knit into that final corner.

  21. The comments (our comments) are hilarious!
    The baby is healthy, the mom is healthy, the family is clearly loved. Everything else is gravy. You will figure something out, and we will be impressed. Knit on!

  22. Surely, there is a knitter somewhere in this world who has even a tiny bit of this yarn! That picture makes me sweat just looking at what is left – blankie and yarn! But the blank is just gorgeous – I do like the monogram idea if you can’t find even a tiny bit more

  23. I count 21, don’t forget the final row of grafting stitches. Corner monogram is actually a lovely idea (I’m sure you’ve already scavenged any available swatch) but no need; looks like you’ve made it … Katie and Carlos will love it, as will Frankie (some day) either way. Congrats on creating another beautiful heirloom piece..

  24. It is gorgeous beyond belief but I am nervous.

    P.S. My husband’s name is Frank, but he is not called Frankie. He is called Flash. Just another option!

  25. I’m loving the comments and the suspense! I’m telling you though, I thought originally when you were doing your math that you should always plan on “having” one skein less when you are planning these things (hide one from yourself at the very beginning) because no matter how many you have you always squeak it out to the end of them and/or don’t make it with just a very little left.

    I’m also with everyone above and think that the monogrammed corner is quite possibly one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard and think it would totally rock if you did the rest in a blue (if you have enough from the sweater, or since it’s a stand-alone project any other nice, soft blue) and monogrammed an F from the remaining bit of white.

  26. Have you unraveled the swatch, already?

    You did swatch, didn’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    fingers crossed and congrats on the new baby!

  27. I thought for sure you had enough yarn. Apparently, when you think you have enough, you need to buy 3 or 4 extra skeins because making a little bitty blanket is just not in your DNA! It is magnificent by the way! If you run out (biting my tongue here) maybe you could just put the smallest little corner of color and embroider an F like on the sweater, so Frankie knows it is especially for him.

  28. Wow, so pretty. My heart is with you and I also agree with those who stated a corner with a blue monogram would be perfect.

  29. Now Steph, unknowingly you have started a knew tradition.
    The blanket is completed after the birth, and is finished with a lovely monogrammed corner (this gets my vote), which of course cannot be done until the new bundle is named.

  30. You are infinitely clever Stephanie – remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. Whatever you chose to do, run out of yarn or not, it WILL be wonderful.

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