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I'm not really MIA

I'm sorry I haven't been around much for the past couple of days, I'm simply up to my neck in projects that I need to finish.

It is my eldest's birthday next week and as part of her present she wants an extra knitted fleece blanket. The picture is of one I made for my granddaughter - this was just before I did the edging. It takes a whole pile of fleece fabric, cut into strips then stitch the strips end to end so that you end up with huge balls to knit with. As it is rather thick the actual knitting is done on mop handles wrapped in pipe insulation (or plastic piping depending on how big you want the stitches).

Actually knitting the blankest only takes a couple of hours but the preparation seems to take forever, especially as my daughter has asked for one that is extra wide and extra long - the one in the picture hangs over the sides of a double bed now it is finished. I have a blister on my thumb from the scissors and my finger looks like a used pin cushion from the sewing.

I will probably knit the blanket tomorrow or the next day depending on how I am. I have to acknowledge that if my health is bad I have to put things like this off for a day or so.

Hopefully I will be back tomorrow to catch up on all of your work.

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Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 27, 2015, 5:05 PM

That's a lovely looking blanket, you must be very talented.

beachchair wrote on January 27, 2015, 5:11 PM

Wow. She will love it. It is ok to have a life with the 3 dimensional people. Life goes on. It is a nice thing for you to do for her! I hope she will enjoy it.

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:40 PM

Hi there! That looks lovely. I couldn't knit at all and I wish I could. I just couldn't find the time to. I'm hardly on here too because I have to take care of my budding online business and my job as well. Hope to see you around more.

RubyMoon53 wrote on January 27, 2015, 6:48 PM

I watched a video of rag rug crocheting. The lady used a old sheet that was in good condition. The way she made one long strip was to cut the width that she wanted up one side first. Then she rounded the corner and cut along the top. Then did the same down the side and across the bottom. She continued cutting the strip in one continuous length this way. That saves all the cutting in strips then sewing the ends together. Saves time that way, too. Hope this helps!!!

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 27, 2015, 8:32 PM

Very nice, I am sure it is much appreciated that you put so much love into for them.

UK_Writer wrote on January 28, 2015, 4:16 AM

I remember there were some stretchy shopping bags that had a similar style some years ago. I had a green one. To be honest fewer posts means that more of your followers have a chance to read most/more of them, so they feel more "connected" to you - write too many and every time they visit your profile they feel they've missed so many they've "missed out", if you see what I mean!

Maplewinter wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:51 AM

That looks really pretty! I tend to just stick to normal yarn when knitting but I have to admit I love knitting with pom-pom yarn and ribbon yarn. I don't thing I could knit with something on such a large scale. I can't manage normal knitting needles now cause of my hands but I love my Denise interchangeable needle set.

Anja wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:12 PM

I like the idea of using the fleece throws as material for knitting, though I would probably crochet. Very nice, but I know from trying to crochet a rug that it's very hard on the hands to work with such thick material.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:42 PM

Its actually really easy once the fleece strips are stitched - plain stocking stitch for the one above

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:44 PM

I love the 3 dimensional people comment, I'm sure she will enjoy the blanket, if you make the stitches tight then you can use it camping in snow and stay warm - it has the fleece of about nine normal blankets so it makes sense

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:45 PM

You will find the time one day, there's no rush. What business are you building up?

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:46 PM

Ooh what a clever idea, I will try that when I do the one for my youngest grandson

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:47 PM

They do all enjoy them especially in the cold weather we have at the moment and even more so when our boiler was broken for a fortnight just before Christmas

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:49 PM

I know I love the fact that I can keep up with people so much better here and also that the comments we make on each other's articles are more personal and thoughtful than some in other places

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:51 PM

I totally understand about the hands but to be honest I find it easier than fine knitting because you hold the 'needles' differently and they rest on the floor at the same time. The only problem I find is that the blankets become heavy when they get longer but I just rest them on a stool or small table to take the weight. I only knit one a week as well so my hands have time to recover.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 2:53 PM

I find it easier on my hands than fine knitting with normal needles as its the small repetitive movements that set my pain off and I don't have to use my fingers as such for the blankets, I can use my whole hand at once if that makes sense

frenchtoast78 wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:18 PM

Aside from the one that I grew up with, late last year I ventured into organic skin care products.