Saturday, February 11, 2017

Knitted Results!

I have now finished my dad's lap blanket, and I think it turned out pretty darned good. I'm happy with the colours and with the pattern, and the yarn is quite soft and machine washable. I don't think there's anything that I don't like about this blanket ... except that my hands have been aching for a while with all the knitting I've done on it! 


I finished the last 12 rows of garter stitch border this morning, wove in all the ends and added my dad's name in duplicate stitch in one corner. I've not worked duplicate stitch before, so it looks a little sloppy, but it'll do. All my dad's things have to be labelled at his care home, so decided this was the best way to label the blanket. 


As soon as I finished the last stitch, I wrapped it up and drove the hour's trip to take it over to him. He was asleep when I arrived, asleep while I visited for two hours, and asleep when I left. So I unwrapped the blanket for him and lay it across his lap. He instantly grasped at the coziness and seemed to quite enjoy the comfort the blanket provided. Although it was kind of sad not to be able to tell him I had made it for him, the effect was perfect, so I have to console myself with that.

The blanket in action


Dad's hands were squishing the blanket up and enjoying the feel of it :)
I wanted the blanket to cover him well, and as you can see, it's big enough to do just that. The final measurements were approximately 50-inches square.

You'd think after knitting this blanket for the past month, I would have had enough of knitting. But I have a couple of other quick projects to knit for Valentine's Day for the daycare kiddies, and will be working on that this weekend. I'm so glad the blanket is finished and delivered to Dad though. I've been wanting to knit this thing for probably three years now! To be able to cross it off an on-going list in my little notebook is greatly satisfying. 

This year my husband and I have agreed that this is the year to get things done. We call it the "Pitter Patter" list ... Pitter, Patter, Let's get at 'er! (This is some phrase that my son heard on a show he watches, so he helpfully provided the motto to keep us focused.) My blanket is now crossed off the Pitter Patter list. It's only February, but we've already dealt with the furnace and water heater replacement as well!

Our old furnace and water heater being hauled away :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Wendy

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful finish on your blanket! Well done.

    by the way, your Dad knows you visited and brought such a wonderful gift.

    Thank you for sharing the photos.

    Have a good weekend.

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  2. The blanket looks perfect, Wendy. Great job! I'm sure your father will get much enjoyment out of it. I need to create my own "Pitter Patter" list for around the house.

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  3. Hi Wendy, blanket is wonderfully knitted, so pretty. It is a warm & cozy picture of your dad holding it.

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  4. The blanket looks perfect for your dad, and a great idea to have his name on it. The 'pitter patter' is an old saying, one we've used for years. Sounds like you're on a roll - house purge first and now tackling the big things.

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  5. How warm and cosy the blanket looks, I'm sure your Dad will love it. Pitter Patter list is just perfect!

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  6. This blanket is wonderful, Wendy, your dad will keep warm in style. What a nice daughter you are and well deserving of a big hug :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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  7. this is such a special gift I know he loves the coziness of it-so happy you could do that for him.
    we are working on getting things done in the house too-finally-I started an art sunday post on my hummingbird blog to share an artist or craftsman to share our own works-you are most weloome to share any of your crafts

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  8. That is a lovely blanket, and perfect size too, Wendy. I'm sure your Dad will get much comfort from it.

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  9. He sure looks comfortable. The blanket you made for your dad is lovely. x

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  10. Your blanket turned out lovely and your Dad will really enjoy the coziness of it.

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  11. Oh, the lap blanket is so perfect for your dear Dad; it brought a lump to my throat to see him there Wendy. Your knitting is beautiful, and I love his name in the corner. Well done. x

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  12. You did it as a pure act of love...how wonderful! And you'll be blessed for all that you do. I love the soft and calming colors too. Sweet hugs!

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  13. That's a beautiful blanket, one that will keep your Dad cozy and warm twice over - from the knitting and from the love that went into it.

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  14. Pitter Patter list sounds like things you should do before you get pregnant, ha! :) Your blanket came out so beautifully, Wendy. Your dad looks nice and cozy in it too. I am sure he knows how much you love and care for him.

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  15. What a beautiful blanket you've made for your dad!

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  16. Your blanket turned out beautiful, Wendy, and it is touching to see it covering your sweet Father. I remember well those trips to see my Dad at the nursing home and having him sleep through the whole visit, not even knowing I was there. I always felt that somehow, deep down, he knew he was loved and cared for. I'm sure your Father knew that, too, as soon as you laid that beautiful blanket over him, made with love. I love that term, 'Pitter-Patter list'! We are doing the same, as the hubs is retiring in 3 short years. So much to do....... xo Karen

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  17. Hello, I love the blanket and the colors. Your Dad seems very happy with his new blanket. Sweet photos of your Dad! It feels good to knock stuff off that pitter-patter list. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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  18. Oh Wendy - it's beautiful and even made me well up. I think I'm just a mushball these days. ;) I'm sure he's going to snuggle under it in extreme comfort. You are a beautiful blessing of a daughter.

    And go get 'em Girl!! That was my word for this year at New Year's time - "DO" and that's what I've been working to do as well. I've tackled my crafts and office. Next up is the kitchen! I'm determined to get things done I've been meaning to for years. How's about we be each other's cheerleaders? Lol - Give me a W! Give me an E! Give me an N!....okay okay - you get the idea. Haha!!

    Keep up the great work. Blessings. xoxo

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  19. Oh Wendy ... this is so precious. To see your dear dad all snuggled and cozy. A perfect fit!

    Wishing you a beautiful weekend,
    Brenda
    xox

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  20. How special is that blanket - photos of your dad with are beautiful. You are doing well with getting things done. Won't be long and your snow will make way for spring and sunshine.

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  21. What a beautiful blanket for your Dad Wendy. He looks so cosy wrapped up in it xx

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