Fruitcake Knits

A sporadically updated blog that encompasses many creative activities

Another baby blanket

For a sweet little boy… I actually don’t have a finished photo of this one. I forgot to take one before giving it away! But here’s an in-progress picture right before putting on the binding. It’s a disappearing nine patch pattern being attacked by a cat.


I’ve been learning so much about blanket construction – here you can see that I didn’t sew the brown piece evenly onto the yellow – because I forgot that the yellow minky fabric stretched more than the brown cotton border. Clearly I’m more of a trial-and-error person than a plan ahead person….

Comments (0) February 16, 2015 @ 6:23 pm |

So I’ve started sewing….

Lately I’ve ventured into the world of sewing. It’s been so nice to have a few things that are sized to fit ME – not some arbitrary “one size fits most” person. For clothing, all I’ve attempted so far has been skirts and sports bras, and I’m hooked. Dangerously enough, Golden D’Or Fabric Outlet is close to me, and has rooms and rooms of amazing fabrics to feel and smell and buy. Just take a look at some of the rolls of baby flannel they have!

The other projects I’ve been working on have been t-shirt blankets. The original idea was a baby blanket, but I drifted more towards blankets for the moms to celebrate the babies. And I’m a bit embarrassed to post some of these pictures, because I know I’m a complete novice. My friends are thrilled with the gifts, but out here on the interwebs, I know that many sharp eyes will see all my flaws.

The first one was for a former co-worker:
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And a picture of the back if you’re interested.

The shirts I picked have specific meanings for us; I didn’t realize when I put it together that I’d be unhappy with how the designs aren’t actually centered within each piece.

The next one I took a different approach:



And, the back.

Clearly I’m experimenting with a lot of things along the way!

So, faithful readers, any tips or ideas that I should be considering?

Comments (0) May 13, 2014 @ 9:25 pm |

Peacock’s Tail update

Gotta love doilies for portable knitting! The Peacock’s Tail doily, started last spring, is coming along nicely. The expanding feather-and-fan pattern took a while to catch on to – it can be quite counter-intuitive to me. I’m at row 80 of 126, which in the circular knitting world translates into only about 40%.

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Whenever I knit on such tiny needles (1.5mm), my hands get used to it – and I can’t pick up any other knitting without feeling like I’m using baseball bats. So it seems that, unless I start socks or something, I won’t be able to do any other knitting until it’s done! Do any of you have the same issue?

Comments (2) January 17, 2014 @ 2:07 pm |
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