Thursday, January 17, 2008

Blanket H*LL

These big boy blankets are DRIVING ME CRAZY!!! I don't know why, but when I make these "big granny squares" the corners always end up being waaaayyyy longer than the middle of the sides of the blankets. So, I thought that when I tied the fabric onto the crocheted part, that I would stretch the crocheted part and everything would be hunky-dorey... Well, yeah, that didn't happen! It was all wavy and not laying flat at all, so I had to rip out the 2 hours worth of ties that I'd done and start over. Here's the progress...


I had to take desperate measures and I, gulp, ironed the acrylic yarn blanket. That's a big "no, no" supposedly, but I think it worked. I pinned it out into a rectangle and then placed a cloth over the thing and steamed the heck out of it with the weight of the iron touching the blanket. And now, the sides are alllllllll even. Yeah!

I've pinned the fabric to the edges now and just need to take it upstairs to hem them. Now that I know how much work this is, I'm not in the mood to do the other one! Which is not good, since I only have until Feb. 2 to get the second one done!

And, here are pics of the finished best friend blanket, since she has it now. I think she liked it ;) She said it kept her sooooooo warm, which is great, because she is ALWAYS cold!

I'm sooo in love with it. Now I wish I had time to make one for me!

And, one more thing. Here's what my brothers like to do with the boy's monkeys...

13 comments:

k and c said...

I just love those monkeys! My sweatshirt pattern would look so coordinated with them. Just babysat tonight for my 6 yr old grandson- can't imagine having 2 at once.The finished blankies are going to be so worth it. Good luck!

Carola said...

About your giant granny. I learned that you shouldn't do more than two stitches in the corners. If you do that, they will bulge like that.

If you already don't do more than two in the corners, I'm all out of ideas - or maybe try only one?

She'sSewPretty said...

Christy, Bifs blanket turned out gorgeous! I'll help you tie the next blanket when you're ready.

Carola said...

I hope my tip works for you. Thing is, I made the same mistake myself with my first Giant Granny and someone gave me this tip. It worked out perfectly and now the giant grannies I make always lie flat.

Laura said...

The best friend blanket is gorgeous! I have the same problem with big grannies, with them looking wavy, so don't worry, it's not just you!

selanda said...

Your work is beautiful. Can you tell me how you attached the fabric to the crocheted item?

PattieJ said...

I'm glad you finally got your granny blanket to even out a bit, I always have trouble with "big" granny blankets, mine always seem out of wack some how. I can't seem to make them stay nice and straight. I LOVE the blanket you made for your friend too, It's gorgeous!

Pattie

Snapdragons said...

That granny square for the best friend blanket is a very, very good granny square.

Mary said...

I'd love to know how you attach the fabric backing to the blanket too. I think your white blanket looks great!

Amy Wagner said...

Your blankets are so beautiful...really works of art!
Amy

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Beautiful blanket Christy, really beautiful :) Jenn and Jacqui

Glasgow Lindsay said...

I think the big boy blankets look great with the fabric backing. I have used the iron and a damp tea towel trick myself on occasion too! And when you feel stressed emember they will be in and out the washing machine and dryer and LOVED to death by the twins who won't be sitting there with a ruler measuring the corners. They will be LOVED! :0)

Your white blanket for your friend is beautiful lovely work!

Hearts and Crafts said...

That pink blanket is beautiful! I love it! You have an amazing talent!