May 10

Define " square " exactly

Posted by Nanc

My apologies to any and all that might read our site. No tragedy struck our lives (besides the fish, but more on that later), I am simply working way too much. (“Too much” is determined by the work/fun ratio, and these scales have definitely been tipped lately.) Let’s just forget this bit of disappointment and go on, m’kay?

Two great things about knitting squares: first, they’re a fairly quick knit, and second, even if they’re not precisely L7 (um, like square) seaming a bunch into a large blanket will fix that problem fast.

Or so I hope.

There’s been some super secret knitting going on at some select blogs and by some special friends. All for one friend – or more specifically her belly. The Pirate is expecting a Squid (y’all should remember this from the squid-cakes post).

As knitters AND friends, us gals wanted to do something special. So for the past few months, we each have been knitting five squares to be combined into a wonderful and warming (both heart and heat) blanket. The following are my, er… “squares:”

top: chevron, r: hearts, bottom: froggy, l: lattice
it’s a squid!

My fifth square was a little late to be gifted at the shower, but it was done in plenty of time for the seaming party. That sweet expectant Pirate saved the center square for my squid square! Woot!

from graph to gift in a number of steps

Bonez helped me out with designing the graphic, applying a grid overlay, and moral support. It was a great use of Photoshop, and if I can get it down to a basic procedure I’ll write it up for any of you geek knitters out there.

click to see it in all its seamed glory

The in-progress blanket has gone on to the next step: a crocheted border will be added by A. I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout makin’ no crochet, so I’m no good at providing any real details about this step. After that, it’s on to get a backing sewn on (to hide all those ends and carried yarn). And then it will be complete – and ready for the squid! I think we’re all ready for the squid.

Here are the details of my squares:
We all used the same yarn, Sidar Rio. The master color is a great creamsicle orange, with the others colors as accents. We all agreed to knit three, solid orange squares (patterned, of course) and two colored squares. There were some really great squares done by everyone – it was awesome.

If I can remember/find the patterns I used, I’ll note it here. But this might require time. So don’t nobody hold their breath.

5 Responses to “Define " square " exactly”

  1. Lara Says:

    Yay! Pictures! I love that squid, I think we all did! Did you graph it out on the puter? It almost looks as if you drew out each one of those graph lines via ruler and pen b/c the color of the lines matches the color of the numbers on the axes??

    My sister wanted me to let you know she very much enjoyed meeting you and the other gals on Sunday and thanks you for the hospitality. I thank you too! I got you a speacial sometin’ sometin’ to show my appreciation, so you betta be at knitting on Thursday…or the monkey gets it!

  2. Petra Says:

    I love the Squid! Both the square and the wee one!

  3. Pamelalala Says:

    Yeah!!! Squid Squares!! I can’t wait for the Squid to be here to meet all you wonderful gals! And I know the Squid will love that blanket as much as I do. All of you are truly wonderful to do this and it makes me feel so special and warm-fuzzy-like!

  4. Rachel Says:

    Definitely a blanket worthy of a squid. Looks great everyone!

  5. Aubyn Says:

    that squid square is wonderful