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Lazy Saturday: Knitting my king-sized blanket

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Progress for my king-sized knitted blanket

While sitting down, this king-sized knit in progress (100% wool) blanket is almost touching the floor.

I’m still knitting slow and I’ve found a way to knit without moving my left arm/wrist. Which is great news for me since that means no pain. I’m using a modified version of Irish knitting.

Once the blanket is complete, I’ll either knit or crochet a floral pattern scattered over the entire knitted blanket (think of embroidery that is placed on top of an item) and also crochet or knit a lace border on the top and bottom of the knit blanket. So, there’s still much to do before this (kip) is finished. I’m also thinking of backing this blanket, so… that adds even more time. I’m fine with that, I’ve already decided this will be an heirloom blanket (for my daughter) so why not add the extras?

So many stitches…

The cast-on was 400 stitches and I’m knitting the seed stitch. Thus far, this knitted blanket has over 100,000 stitches and I’m not even at the halfway mark. The king sized blanket in progress is being knit with my Hiya Hiya Steel Sharp interchangeable cable needles and the cable length is 120″ (two 60″ cables plus one cable extender made that possible) which gives me plenty of room to fit all these stitches.

The knitted blanket smells like Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils

When I’m not knitting the blanket, it’s kept in a large zippered project bag to which I’ve added a few strips of cotton that have had drops of lavender and cedarwood. So yes… this blanket smells like both. It’s is delightful. Both oils are relaxing which adds another wonderful attribute to the blanket.

Handcrafting in the Bible

Below, I’ve shared an excerpt from my favorite handcrafting passage recorded in the Holy Bible.

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Curtains of Linen
26 “Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen and blue and purple and scarlet material; you shall make them with cherubim, the work of a skillful workman.
2 The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits; all the curtains shall have the same measurements. 3 Five curtains shall be joined to one another, and the other five curtains shall be joined to one another.
4 You shall make loops of blue on the edge of the outermost curtain in the first set, and likewise you shall make them on the edge of the curtain that is outermost in the second set.
5 You shall make fifty loops in the one curtain, and you shall make fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that is in the second set; the loops shall be opposite each other.

6 You shall make fifty clasps of gold, and join the curtains to one another with the clasps so that the tabernacle will be a unit.

Exodus 26:1-6

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  1. It amazes me how fast you knit! You are really making progress. Nice job.

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    Opal @ThreadLover Reply:

    Thank you. I’ve slowed down considerably since my left arm/wrist issues, but I still knit a few moments each day. I’ll be curious to see when this will be finished? I’m hoping it’s complete by the time it gets cold again. We didn’t receive too much snow where we live.
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