I have discovered the single most compelling reason to knit large, flat, multi-colored objects in the round and then cut them apart with scissors. It’s that right before you assault those thousands of precious stitches with sharpened steel you can make a comically adorable Shetland burrito.
Seriously, I think these are my favorite work-in-progress photos ever. And do you want to know what I did next, soft in the head as the terminal cuteness had rendered me?
First time using scissors. “I’m doing it, Mama! I’m doing it!” Two years, nine months, twenty-four days old and she cut a real steek. Bursting my buttons here.
If you don’t instantly recognize this pattern, it’s the inimitable Kate Davies again: Rams and Yowes. Katrin and I tag-teamed this one for our dear friend Martha’s baby Mateo, who will be arriving in the next few weeks. Actually, we had to gift it on the needles at the shower yesterday. We really should have read ahead to discover that the edging is self-faced and therefore twice as long as it looks. And a word to Americans queuing up this pattern: we ran really short of yarn. The three lightest colors all ran out during the edging; I think Katrin may have fudged it with the fourth as well, and that’s before we even got to the turning round to begin the facing, which repeats all the colors. So we’re something like 4,000 stitches short with each of the pale colors. I was baffled as to how other knitters were finishing the blanket with the recommended quantities of wool until I did some research and realized that Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift 2-Ply Jumper Weight DOES NOT EQUAL Jamieson’s Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight, formerly known as Natural Shetland, which is apparently unavailable in the United States. They are both fingering weight, but Supreme is a 4-ply yarn and there’s also a difference of 63 yards in the put-up. So if you’re substituting Spindrift, buy extra!
OH MY GOODNESS. Cutest child + knitting photo ever.
lovely to see this blanket modeled this way! I have this on my needles at home, and it constitutes my first foray into two-handed colourwork. Too big a project to bring on my travels, but seeing it here makes me itch for it. . . .I ordered my kit directly from Jameson so I hope I don’t ru n into yardage problems. the kit is supposed to have enough for hat and blanket.
Agreed, best WIP photos in the history of the world – and I bet she wins the prize for youngest steek-cutter. Beautiful blanket, too!
You are right. The Shetland burrito is just an extra dose of cuteness!
I love doing fair isle, so I will have to add this to my list with the extra skein note. Though I’m such a strangely thrifty knitter that I often have full balls when I’m done sweater size projects. Better safe than sorry though.
Not only is the blanket gorgeous, the model is adorable! I love the idea of getting started on steeks early.
Goodness! I’m sooooooooo in love with this! Plus my curly beautiful “niece’ beat me to the steak cutting punch! I can’t wait to share it with Mateo!!! Jols and Ada are always welcome for snuggles and playing with this blanky! So blessed to have you and Katrin as my knistas. Goodness Ada is so cute! Lastly, can you see how excited I am about this???? All those freaking exclamation points! Thankful for you my dear friend!
Adorable; you daughter is a clever girl ! My heart would have been in my mouth but you have to let them try if they think they can…………
I’m speechless for so many reasons!!! The burrito cuteness factor is off the charts!!!!
And brava to the wee one on cutting her first steek!!! Brava to you mum for having that much love to let her!
Oh my goodness, such cuteness! What a fabulous pattern!
Awesome burrito you have there!
I just finished a version of Rams & Yowes- it was the best potato chip knitting ever- but only for the burrito part. The edging, well that was more of a power through it job. I admit, fudged the edging by doing Kate’s steek sandwich. My sandwich sides were fraternal, as I too ran out of yarn. No one knows but me. 🙂