Thursday, December 27, 2007

Our Oddball Blanket is Almost Finished!

Our Oddball Blanket has had a very interesting life, travelling all over the United States. Now, it's back in North Carolina, and is almost complete. :)

Beekaync is currently adding her knitting to the blanket. Soon, it will be back in Shandeh's hands!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Misha rf Finished Her Knitting!

Misha rf had fun doing her part of the Oddball Blanket. She used "Classic Worsted Tapestry" by Universal Yarns, and did a Bamboo Stitch pattern.
Oddball #1 After Misha rf

Here's a close-up of her stitching:
Misha Detail

Sunday, November 25, 2007

On the Way Back Home to North Carolina!

Wow! Our blanket has had a LONG journey throughout the United States, and it is now on its way back home to North Carolina.
NC Welcome Sign

Cristy in Georgia was our last knitter, and she has just mailed the blanket to misha rf. Now, the blanket will be worked on by two other Carolina knitters before heading home to Shandeh!

Woo Hoo!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

HollyP's Knitting

HollyP has not been feeling well this week, so she hasn't mailed the blanket to Cristy yet. She plans on sending it out tomorrow though, so we're still on schedule! Get better, Holly! :D

Here is the latest photo of our blanket, posed on a queen size bed. It's almost long enough to make a perfect full-size blanket! Yay!
After HollyP

And here's a closer view of HollyP's knitting:
HollyP's Knitting

She used Caron Simply Soft yarn in the color Autumn Red. Her stitch design was the "Loop Pattern" from the "365 stitches" calender on the Dec 14th page.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

On the way to Georgia - Getting Closer to Home!

Wow! Our blanket is getting closer to home every day!

It's now on its way to Cristy in Georgia - only 3 more knitters left!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Travelling to Virginia! Only 4 Knitters Left!!

Our first Oddball Blanket is on the home stretch now, with only 4 knitters left before it goes back to Shandeh in North Carolina! Our blanket started as just an idea in February of 2007, and has almost reached completion in less than a year. Great job everyone!

How cool to see it grow into a beautiful blanket, handknit with love by wonderful people in the Knitting Help Forum!

Right now, the blanket is beginning another journey through the postal system to HollyP in the state of Virginia.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

HamaLee's Knitting on our Blanket!

HamaLee did an interesting stitch pattern for her portion on our blanket. It has bobbles!
HamaLee's Bobbles

Here's a view of our blanket now!
Oddball Blanket #1, After HamaLee

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Successful Journey to Massachusetts!

Our blanket has arrived in Massachusetts!
Now, it's HamaLee's turn!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Ready for Montana!

Our blanket is ready to go on the road again.

This time to Montana!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ready to Travel Again!

Oddball Blanket #1 just had a nice visit with newamy in Oregon, and has a new look!
Oddball Blanket #1

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Our Blanket is Ready to Travel to Oregon!

Our blanket had such a wonderful sunny vacation in California, and now it's time for another state to be toured. On to beautiful Oregon now!

Letah75 did a slip-stitch pattern for her part of the blanket, using two different colors of yarn.
Letah75 Knitting

Our blanket looks cool, invading her workspace. Just captures another day in the life of our charity blanket!
Oddball Blanket #1 after Letah75

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Letah75 is Knitting in California

Letah75 has been working on our Oddball Blanket in her home in California. Now, all we have to do is wait a little longer, and the blanket will FINALLY travel to a new state!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Jillle is finished!

Jillle said that she enjoyed working on the Oddball Blanket, and she did a good job!

Her green yarn looks nice next to Zip's teal. :)
Oddball Blanket #1, after Jillle

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Zip has Zipped Up Her Portion of the Blanket!

Woo Hoo! Zip was FAST! And her knitting has added another touch of beauty to our blanket.

Whoever gets this blanket is a LUCKY person. It's GORGEOUS!
Oddball Blanket #1 - Zip Knitting

Zip used a vintage Phildar yarn she bought in a yarn shop about 20 years ago. It's a good yarn, isn't it? She used the stitch pattern from the textured cuff section of Knitty's "Knucks".

Zip Close-Up

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Blanket Connects Sisters Across the US!

I've just GOT to make a post about this, because it is SO COOL.

Zip is our current knitter in California, and she is MY SISTER!
I live in North Carolina, so we are on opposite ends of the nation.

Isn't it cool that our blanket has travelled all the way across the continent, and will have knitting from both of us sisters?

I think it's AMAZING!
Ginger and Sandy Knitting

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

STILL Basking in the California Sun!

Our blanket is having such a WONDERFUL time in California, that it doesn't want to leave!

KathyinCali just finished her section, and has mailed the blanket on to Zip!
(photos to come!)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Oddball Blanket #1 - Basking in the California Sun

Jan in CA added her knitting, and ended with a flourish by taking an EXCELLENT photo of our blanket!

Blanket #1 - Jan's Knitting

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Time for some Lovin' from our California Oddball Knitters!

Jan in CA received our Oddball Blanket at her doorstep today, and was THRILLED with the beauty of the blanket, as well as all the GOODIES that SabrinaJL sent to her!
Oddball Blanket #1 with Jan in California!

Goodies from SabrinaJL to Jan

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New Mexico Knitting is GORGEOUS!

SabrinaJL in New Mexico added such a beautiful textured portion to our Oddball Blanket.
SabrinaJL Knitting

Blanket #1 SabrinaJL

Now, the blanket will be heading to California to visit with 5 different knitters from the Knitting Help Forum!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Our Blanket Quietly Traveled to New Mexico!

Like a thief in the night, our Oddball Blanket travelled unseen through the city streets, arriving at its destination in New Mexico without ANY fanfare at all!

I just got a message from SabrinaJL that she has already FINISHED knitting her section!

Hopefully, we'll get a photo. But if not, we'll get one out of Jan in CA for SURE! She LOVES to take photos. :)

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jeanius80 is almost finished knitting!

Jeanius80 has been working on her part of the blanket, and plans on mailing it to the next knitter in the next couple days.

Here is her portion so far. She's using Caron Simply Soft.
Oddball Blanket #1 - Jeanius Knitting Added

Friday, May 18, 2007

A Person-to-Person Oddball Blanket Handoff

Our Oddball Blanket was hand-delivered today to the next knitter in Washington state. Jeanius80 is just starting her two week visit with the blanket. I hope she has fun!

Our last knitter, jhelanee just shared some photos of her knitting, and the blanket looks great!
Blanket After Jhelanee's Knitting

She wanted to see how large the blanket really is, so she spread out the stitches on two circular needles, and placed the blanket on her queen-size bed. Neat! Now, we have an even BETTER idea of how large our blanket really is!
Oddball Charity Blanket Stretched Out

Monday, May 7, 2007

The Blanket is now in WASHINGTON!

Our blanket has survived several trips through the US Postal Service now. Today, jhelanee in Seattle, Washington received the blanket in good shape.

She also got some goodies from the knitter before her, so she is a happy girl today. :)
Blanket in Washington

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Oddball Blanket is getting FANCY!

Lucy Fan in Michigan has given our Oddball Blanket a touch of CLASS!

She chose to knit an INTERESTING knit stitch on her portion of the Oddball Blanket! She chose to do this stitch because it looked like a very simple pattern repeat. She said it was a really easy stitch to do.
Michigan Knitting Up Close

Take a look at our Oddball Blanket NOW!
Michigan Knitting Complete!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Our Oddball Blanket is Now in Michigan!!

Yippee! Our blanket survived another trip through the US Postal Service into the hands of Lucy Fan in Michigan!
Michigan Seal Oddball Blanket is in Michigan!
She got lots of goodies along with the blanket, so she should be a HAPPY knitter now!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Our Oddball Blanket is on the road to MICHIGAN!

Missy in Florida just completed knitting her section of our Oddball Blanket, using a bright sunny yellow yarn to represent the Florida sunshine! :)

Florida Missy

I would venture to say that our blanket is getting more beautiful every day!

Now, the blanket will be sent off in the hands of our trusty US Postal Service to visit the state of Michigan!

Friday, March 30, 2007

The Oddball Blanket is Basking in the Florida Sun!

Our Oddball Blanket has survived another trip through the US Postal Service, and is now having a fun vacation in sunny Florida!

feminine_earth will be enjoying her time with the blanket, as well as all the goodies she received from Genny Lynn!
Sunny Florida

Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Kentucky Tour is OVER!

Our Oddball Charity Blanket had a fun visit in Kentucky, in the home of GennyLynn. She treated the blanket well, adding a pretty blue section. Nice!

Here is the blanket progress after 4 knitters got their hands on it!
Genny Lynn Oddball Blanket Knitter #4

And here's a closer view:
Genny Lynn knitting up close

Now, the blanket is ready to get packed up, and shipped out to experience the beautiful sunny skies of Florida!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Knitter #3

The blanket is moving along very well now! Our third knitter - Larissa in North Carolina, just finished making some lovely cables with a nice soft yarn in a pretty sage green.
Knitter #3 - Lestrella
Great work, Larissa!

Here is a closer view of the cables:
Cables on Oddball Blanket

Monday, March 5, 2007

The Oddball Charity Blanket - Knitter #2

The second knitter on the Oddball Charity Blanket was Melissa, from North Carolina. She used a lovely, soft, dark red yarn for her rows of knitting.

Here's a photo of the blanket so far:
lissalue knitting

And here's the blanket in the hands of Melissa's sweet baby girl:
lissalue baby

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Oddball Charity Blanket Knit Along

Oddball Charity Blanket KAL KH Button
I've been a member of the Knitting Help Forum for the past year, and I've made LOTS of great friends. I just LOVE that place!!!

You should check it out sometime. (click FORUM to see our group of friendly knitters)

Anyway, I had an idea one day that it would be lots of fun to work on a big blanket together for charity. So, I typed a post in the forum about my idea, and it took off. Lots of knitters agreed to take part in the project. Now, we have 25 knitters signed up to knit. Each of us will knit some rows on the blanket, then pass it on to the next knitter on the list.

The blanket will travel through several states, including North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, Washington, New Mexico, California, Oregon, Montana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, Georgia, and finally back to North Carolina.
US Map

The coolest part is that we will all be able to see each other's knitting, and work together on something important to us. Even if we can't ever meet in person, we are doing something together and bonding. I'm so excited!

We will each be knitting about 3 inches on rows that are 300 stitches long, using a washable worsted weight yarn. At the end, the blanket should measure about 60 inches by 80 inches, after a border has been added.

To make things more fun, we'll be writing about ourselves and our involvement in the project in a small notebook which will be traveling with the blanket. We'll also be adding some photos if we want. (Some of the photos will be posted in this blog.) I think it would also be nice if we put a sticker representing each of our states in the notebook as well.

We haven't chosen a definite charity yet, but we have plenty of time to decide. Right now, we are considering the Salvation Army Homeless Shelters, Warm the World, or a battered women's shelter.

I have finished knitting the first portion of the blanket, and written a message in the notebook. Now it's ready to go to the next person on the list!
(Oddball Blanket) First Knitter - Shandeh