Monday, November 22, 2010

One GIANT-sized monkey is off my back...

...because my Giant Skein is no more , and from it's ashes has emerged a Giant-sized lap blanket.

I do so love it and I'm sure I will use it a lot this winter, thrown over my legs and such. (I do, however, find it a teeny tiny bit itchy on bare skin. I'm pretty sure I'm allergic to mohair - or is that normally very itchy? Only 2 of the 12 yarns used in this have mohair so it's not crazy itchy though by any means. THANKFULLY, I have no such issues with wool! OMG THE HORROR IF I DID!!!!!!)
It measures out around 65-ish inches by 48-ish inches. (It's hard to measure something that wants to stretch this way and that way!)  A little wider maybe would have nice too but, truthfully, after three weeks of going like gangbusters on this, I was very ready to be done with this project. If I'd had more yarn, serious yarn fatigue would have set in and then it would have been anyone's guess when I finished it. :)

 It's a very simple, almost mindless really, Feather and Fan pattern, that results in gentle waves. I used up every last bit of that Giant Skein, all 24 ounces of it, planning out my last pattern repeat very carefully to maximize yarn usage. As a result this is *literally* all that was leftover after the knitting and fringe (not counting the wee trimmings to even this out):

Just one small handful of leftovers. :)

12 comments:

valerie said...

It's beautiful Melanie...I love it! I can't believe that is all the yarn you have leftover. Wow!

Melanie said...

Thanks!!

I used up all the leftovers in the fringe. (Though, truthfully, I only had small amounts of yarn left at point.) At one point I had 64 little piles of lengths of yarn all over my living room floor, mixing and matching the different kinds of yarn, to figure out what I had to use for fringe. lol

KarenV said...

It's gorgeous! You knitted that one up so fast, you've only just bought the yarn!

Margaret said...

So beautiful!!! Wow, you really used every scrap of that yarn too!

Dee said...

It is gorgeous! Yes, I think mohair can be itchy even if you aren't allergic. I remember that from back in the day when mohair sweaters were all the rage.

You ended up with the perfect amount of leftover yarn. I HATE when I quit too early and THEN figure out I could have knit a few more rows.

Jackie in UK said...

Hi Melanie,

Thanks for vsiting my blog and for taking the time to leave a comment - I really appreciate it! I haven't found your blog before, but you have lots of lovely things here so I will be sure to come back! :-) Your lap blanket is just gorgeous, as are the beads1 I am off to work now so can't stay long. 'See' you again soon!

Jackie

ViviBijoux said...

Hi ya! Yes some people find themselves a bit sensitive to mohair. I actually bought a teddy bear mohair kit! But my friend who is asthamatic didn't have a problem with that particular piece. I guess some mohairs are treated and some aren't somehow! ^_^ Virginie

gracie said...

I have alwasy found mohair to itch..I can't use it because of that. The Feather and Fan stitch is really nice..colors are yummy soft....

Carol said...

Just gorgeous, Melanie--congratulations on creating such an amazing throw!

Julie said...

AMAZING!!! loving it, so pretty

Sharlotte said...

This is just BREATHTAKING Melanie! I knitted with some Mohair this summer and it made me itch. Found mohair on everthing for days too!

Pumpkin said...

Just AMAZING! Hey, if you're allergic to it, I don't mind giving it a good home ;o) LOL!