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Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/17/2011 18:41:52 MST Print View

I started this in May and have been working at it in between my job, my side gigs and my cottage business. I have made other wool blankets in the past, but this has been the most satisfying one yet.
I have used this beautiful non died Alpaca wool, from Cascade Yarns. It has taken me just short of 360 hours and almost 500 dollars in wool. I used a much smaller sized needle than the yarn calls for, because I wanted a very tight knit, which will make this blanket last a lifetime. I used a "seed stitch" which takes longer than the usual garter stitch, for the knitters out there....
After I made the squares, I crochet around each square twice, then joined four in a larger square and crochet around this 3 times. Then I joined my larger squares and finished by crocheting around the blanket five more times. All the crochet work isn't just for aesthetics, it gives the blanket a lot more structure and strength..

I enjoy making my hats and it helps me financially....but my love for knitting and wool goes well beyond that. I learned at the age of three from my mother and grandmother , who also taught me to crochet and sew and embroider.
Many of the hats I made and sold came from the same skeins that I used to make this blanket. Thanks!



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spelt the enigmatic
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Amazing on 12/17/2011 18:53:39 MST Print View

Stunningly beautiful, what a marvelous piece of work!

Laurie Gibson
(lagibson) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Kat's blanket on 12/17/2011 19:03:02 MST Print View

The juxtaposition of the natural shades is beautiful. Alpaca is warm and light.
(from a fellow knitter)

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/17/2011 19:06:44 MST Print View

Kat - what an achievement!

I love the hat I bought from you. This takes the cake. A lot of care went into it and you should be very proud.

Todd

Kronos Master of Fate
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/17/2011 19:34:37 MST Print View

No wonder we haven't heard from you lately. Looks beautiful and cozy. Hope you get many years to enjoy it. Merry Christmas.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
wow! on 12/17/2011 19:43:08 MST Print View

Love it. What a talented and patient person you are Kat.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Thanks on 12/17/2011 19:49:27 MST Print View

Thanks everyone. This has been a real joy to make and it has taken some patience too ....

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Thanks on 12/17/2011 19:53:29 MST Print View

That's absolutely beautiful.

a b
(Ice-axe)
Beautiful Blanket on 12/17/2011 20:04:13 MST Print View

Beautiful work Kat. It is reassuring to know that good old fashioned work can still knock the socks off anything a machine can make these days.
Your knitting skills are amazing!
By the way.. this is Katharina's site :
http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/cottage-industries/mountaingoatgear/
I can't wait for the BPL event in Feb to get another one of your hats!
(still trying to get time off from work for the BPL event)

Edited by Ice-axe on 12/17/2011 20:12:50 MST.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/17/2011 20:08:20 MST Print View

Wow. Kat, what a gorgeous blanket. Such a talented woman. You'll be toasty for years to come!

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"I finished my Alpaca blanket :)" on 12/17/2011 22:19:49 MST Print View

That's amazing, Kat. That's an heirloom piece - your grandkids' kids will enjoy it.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: "I finished my Alpaca blanket :)" on 12/17/2011 23:01:13 MST Print View

Super awesome! I recently got a firsthand look at Kat's work when I ordered a hat for my wife for a Christmas gift (I'll probably be ordering one for myself soon), so I can only imagine how fantastic that blanket is in real life. Something to be immensely proud of, for sure!

Clint Newitt
(cnewitt) - F

Locale: Utah
Re: I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/18/2011 01:04:58 MST Print View

Stunning work Kat! That is a beautiful and priceless blanket and a great use of your talent.

jeffrey bennett
(jollygreen)

Locale: Near the bottom
"I finished my Alpaca blanket :)" on 12/18/2011 03:16:54 MST Print View

"I finished my Alpaca blanket :)" and she finished my hats in the same week. Awesome job. Congrats

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
I finished my Alpaca blanket on 12/18/2011 07:13:17 MST Print View

That is a very impressive piece of art, Kat. Your "MYOG" capabilities are incredible. Thanks for sharing it with us.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
I finished my Alpaca blanket on 12/18/2011 07:42:59 MST Print View

Were my wife as talented... ahhh, well.
Great work, Kat!

Matthew Black
(mtblack)
Re: I finished my Alpaca blanket :) on 12/18/2011 08:17:06 MST Print View

Looks fantastic, Kat. I'm sure you'll enjoy it for decades. Thanks again for the fine knitwork.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re on 12/18/2011 08:38:42 MST Print View

Thanks so much for the kind words. I am actually giving it away today to a dear friend for their birthday, but I am starting on another one for myself ;). I like to have a bigger project to go along with all the little ones.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re on 12/18/2011 10:30:56 MST Print View

great work Kat!

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: Re on 12/18/2011 12:26:13 MST Print View

my gf is a knitter and says you are nuts for doing that much seed stitch ;) looks good though


for yours have you considered weaving? It seems like that would be faster and come out as tight as you want it.

i bet you could even weave smaller sections and piece them together

would need a loom but a crafty girl like yourself could probably find a bunch of things to make with that.