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As Secret Pal 12 starts to wind down, I looked upon my pal’s neglected socks and realized that I need to crack the whip and finish them. Meanwhile, I have been working on Eric’s cabled pullover in snips but what really has had my attention is this blanket.
Blanket on a chairpaddingThat crazy bind off!
I am incredibly pleased with this finished object, especially with the bound-off edge. The scary part of that edge? It took 5 1/2 hours to do. Seriously, I timed how long it took me to bind off each section and the average was 33 minutes — a total of 330 minutes. Here are the stats from my Ravelry project page:
Pattern — Round or Pinwheel Baby Blanket by Genia Planck
Made for — Scott’s daughter born early July
Size — blocked to 48 inches in diameter
Needle — US 6 / 4.0 mm, Addi Lace 47-inch and Addi Turbo 60-inch
Yarn: 2 kinds used
4 skeins = 900.0 yards (823.0m) of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi in 201 Yellowstone purchased at Ewe Knit Kits & Yarn in Virginia Beach, Virginia
1 skein = 85.0 yards (77.7m) of Mission Falls 1824 Wool in Pistachio
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Meanwhile, to prevent SP withdrawal when it ends, I have joined a couple of other swaps and started one on my own.
1.) The Red Sox Good Juju Swap is a secret one-time swap with packages due at the end of September.
2.) The Amazing Lace Swap has each person knowing who their upstream and downstream partner. It is similar to the Ravelry Scarf Exchange that I participated in last year.
3.) The Bunny Swap does not have us trading our rabbits, but requires folks to send 2 items to the other’s furry-loves, something yarny to the parent, and another treat in that package.
I think I may be addicted to swapping! =:8

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  1. Lucky baby to get that special blanket – it’s certainly not a ‘same old same old’ pattern or colors. Sometimes it’s best not to think about how much time our knitting takes!

  2. You ARE addicted to swaps! Don’t worry – you’re not alone…

    Your next package get to you, well, I’m not telling when. It’s not quite complete, but you’ll definitely get it before the end of September!

  3. Wow! I should try that pattern, but it would take me forever to finish it. Thanks for including how long it took to do the edge, that gives me something to look forward to. LOL. I’m excited about the bunny swap. Other than the card swap group, this is my first swap and I’m really looking forward to it. (archaeologie on Ravelry)

  4. How do you find out about all of these swaps? I did one sock swap a few years ago and would love to do another but I read about them on blogs and they are already closed. Can you give me any tips? The blanket is beautiful- nice colors for a baby!

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