Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket - Part 1

  I had this plan once that I was going to keep all of my knitting swatches and make a blanket out of it...  But that was too slow for me.  So, introducing The Big Crazy Sampler Blanket.



   Isn't she lovely?  It's not near done yet, but you may as well see it or not.  This is only half of once section of the panels-  The panels are knitted in the round, and then they will be cut (AH!) and sewn together, into one glorious bedspread.   

   Now, I love a good allegory, so naturally I cannot knit something without it having some extra, personal meaning.  That, and the fact that each row took a day or two to complete, without further ado I will explain each row:




First, we have Smuag.  Well, that's not true, first we have the bead stitch edging (not seen) and a little nonsense pattern that came with the dragon (which can be found here), but there we are.  The multicolored dragon did not go as well as I thought, because it is very hard to see the pattern.  But I still like it.  A dragon sweater may be in order. 



   This is one of my very favorite fair isle patterns, which I copied off a goodwill purse.  It allows for plenty of color, and never gets too boring.  As you can see, The Hobbit is still on my mind, because of the oh-so-Baggins colorway.  I know I said this above, but this needs a sweater vest.  I mean it this time.  Really. 


   Hedgehogs!  Aren't they cute?  The addition of black eyes was mine, but I am not sure it was a good call.  When my brother saw the hedgehogs in such close proximity with the dragon he (who often looks over my shoulder when I am on pinterest) said "SMAUGLOCK!"  In my defense, there was a hedgehog in The Hobbit.  And that makes more sense with my next pattern:



For those of you who do not know, the same actor who played the 7th Doctor played Ratagahst the Brown.  That same Doctor is well known for a very loud sweater vest that has several rows of red question marks, which is why there was a row linking the backgrounds of the hedgehog and this one. 
   The pattern is of my own invention, and is nigh-on perfect in the rules of fair isle-  Two colors per rows, no more than 5 stitches of one color.  It is also very fun.


This is my favorite so far.  Don't tell the others.  It's from this woman.


  The next pattern started as something quite different, with the green and purple edging going into a vine pattern, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I'm not sure why.  It could have been something about Kate and Leopold, which I was watching at the time.  The star and moon pattern was worked in a different, silky yarn, as opposed to the more harsh acrylic everything else is in.  I know, I know.  But I'm knitting through it! 
  In keeping with the Hobbit Theme, this could be for the moon writing on the map to Moria, but then again it could point to...




   Thor!  It is hard to see, but those are little hammers, with the diamond pattern for the tile pattern in his arms.  I invented this one a while back, and no blanket could be without it.  Please notice the red stripe, for him, and the green one, for his brother, who comes next.



  Poor Loki...  While I am in the Thor-is-about-Thor-and-not-Loki camp, I do pity the poor guy, and I will cheer with the rest of them if he ever repents...  but he won't.  We all know that.  And frankly, he's only going to get creepier.  But still, I made a little helmet pattern for it, using some super secret techniques that I may want to sell someday, and then I  knit hounds tooth for a while, which was painfully boring.  But this is what excites me:  I didn't quite know what yarn to use for the white, because the scarf Loki wears is a little fuzzy, which means the black and white fibers mix a little so it turns gray.  But a-ha!  You may not be able to see it, but the softer acrylic, above mentioned, IS fuzzy, which means that if you look closely, it has the same effect!  Yes!  Take that, vague accuracy! 


   So there you have it.  As you see in the top picture, I have knitted a little more, but I will save that for my next post. 

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