Tuesday, December 11, 2007

cable throw

For my mother-in-law: the cable comfort throw from lion brand. I know it is only a blanket, and I do realize that it is 80% acrylic, but I am so in love with this. It is really heavy, and oh so warm. And guess what? It is a really quick knit! I did a little figuring to let you know how many hours it took, just in case you still have someone on your list who needs something to keep them warm. (Hey, others have actually counted stitches, that might be next for me.) All right now, this is knit in 5 panels (unless you are like Kim, and knit yours all in one piece). Each panel took me 4 hours. So, if you knit for 2 hours a day, you could have this knit in 10 days. See, still time!
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick, 9 balls.
Needles: Size 13
You have to love when the amount of left over yarn is the size of a clementine!
And, just wanted to let you know what I do after tying in the ends on a blanket or scarf, not a sweater. After weaving the yarn through, I just dab it with the smallest amount of fray check. Not a lot,because it does dry hard. On a project like this, you will never feel it, and it will keep those ends from popping out.
Still much to do around here. Why do I still consider making more?

65 comments:

kim said...

Fray check! Now why have I never considered that?! I love the color you chose. I know for a fact that that blanket is very warm. And Lion actually does a pretty good job with the acrylic. You may have just convinced me to make another. I know your mother-in-law will just love it.

quiltwhileyoureahead@typepad.com said...

that looks soooo cozy.

And fray check? I've never heard of the stuff. I wonder if they sell it here in England.

magnusmog said...

Oooh cosy! I love big cables and this throw is fabulous :)

Stella said...

I just want to crawl under that blanket and stay there for a few days.

I was actually just thinking yesterday that fray check might be a good choice for a scarf. Thanks for backing me up!

Tone H said...

Wonderfully soft-looking blanket Leslie, but actually I'm more excited about the chair! (And Fray Check was "neat", but something I'll never find in a store here in Norway!)

Nora said...

I remember when Kim knit hers, I loved it then and I love it now.
I also love the 4 panels idea - slightly more portable than lugging an entire blanket around.

Nora

house on hill road said...

that is great! and fray check is a wonderful idea.

Beth @ Felt Like Knitting said...

It's beautiful! I love the cables and the color you chose.

Kristin said...

It's lovely!

I wish I had 2 hours in the day to knit.

zebraknits said...

OK, Let me count the spare minutes and hours that could add up to something nice and quick before time is up!

sherri said...

You are such a special person to make something so wonderful for your MIL. I know she will treasure it knowing that it was handmade. It is beautiful.

Lynette said...

it's gorgeous. hmm, how many minutes can i spare in the next two weeks? thanks for reminding me that i have fray check - i just forget to use it.

Windy Knitty said...

Ooh... I love the giant cables! What a beautiful blanket and lovely gift.

e.soule said...

Wow!!! Love it! I think that this might be my backup Christmas present for someone. If only I had 10 days!!!

KeanaLee said...

It's gorgeous, and I have to tell you I just saw a ribbed type throw in Pottery Barn for about $79.00, I loved it but I was like $79!FOR ACRYLIC! NAH!---in fact you can see it here--it's 100% acrylic!
http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p8226/index.cfm?pkey=cbabcbtthr

Teri said...

Ohh so great - I am so happy you made this and also posted it - I've been eyeing this throw for months and just wasn't sure...now you've gone and inspired me. Presents are all done, but who couldn't use another throw?!
Thanks, Leslie, and congrats on the great job - she will love it.

peaknits said...

What a delightful gift! How thoughtful too.

Katie said...

oh my god leslie, really. this is so fantastic...you are so talented. that is such a beautiful blanket!

mle said...

wow, it's really gorgeous! you just can't beat a knit blanket on a cold day!

Kara said...

That throw would make anyone's holidays a little cozier.

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a fantastic throw, Leslie! And the use of Fray Check is brill!

The_Add_Knitter said...

Leslie I am so glad that you are using a clementine as a unit of measure, so seasonally appropriate!:)

Tanya said...

Gorgeous throw!! What a lovely gift - I just know she'll adore it.

Merry Christmas!
Tanya

Rebecca said...

Supersize my cable, please! I love it! Fray check? No joke? I just might have to make one for my daughter.........

opportunityknits said...

It looks fabulous and cozy! Your MIL is going to love it!

Yarn It said...

Well, I am considering making a couple now so I can see why you would want to make more! That is a great blanket. I love the fray check idea...I will ahve to try it!

sheepish one said...

cozy! i knit my own mother in law a fan and feather blanket last year. it took way longer than yours. so lovely.

Leslie said...

What an awesome throw! Definitely cozy looking.

Virtuous said...

Ooh I love it! Adding to my very long que now! Haha!

And thanksf or the no fray tip!

leslie said...

i'm assuming your mother-in-law doesn't read your blog. if she did ... she wouldn't be able to contain her excitement. that blanket is beautiful. especially against that orange wall. yep.

leslie
http://goodness.typepad.com

amandajean said...

wow. you amaze me, leslie! that blanket is fantastic!!! I am sure that she will love it. (great photos, as usual!)

www.goneknitting.typepad.com said...

It looks divine, she will be in love as well.

Lynne said...

This throw looks lovely! You have done such a nice job with it.

Louise said...

I LOVE that photo! What a gorgeous gift to receive - lucky, lucky MIL! I am quite sure that I would not knit anywhere near as much as you would in two hours - well done!!

Sarah Jackson said...

absolutely beautiful! Love it.

Hege said...

Beautiful!
Your mil will love it I'm sure :)

Knitterella said...

That is AWESOME!!! What a great gift and that is fast. Love the way you wrapped it too. Just love all your work!

Great tip on the Fray Check!!!

Queen of the froggers said...

I want a blanket like that! It is great for those cold evenings.

Stacey said...

that looks amazing!!!!! so cozy!

Twisted Knitter said...

Leslie, I don't know what's more "WOW!!" -- the photo or the cable blanket!

Lisa said...

Looks great - your MIL is one lucky lady.

thebrownsheep said...

Lovely blanket--and lovely packaging details!

radioactive girl said...

That fray check idea is perfect! I can't believe I never thought of it before!

I love love love that throw! It looks so warm and cozy and just perfect for snuggling under!

ali said...

Wow, a blanket in 10 days! Who knew?!
Looks cozy.
Happy knitting-
ali

Denise said...

Oh my gosh, I just LOVE that throw, I will have to print out the pattern so I don't forget about it.
I'm still knitting socks, can't wait for the new year when I will try to do some knitting for me and my daughter! as well as get ahead on some gift making ;-)
Have a super day
Hugs Denise

Laura said...

That looks so scrumtious!I just want to snuggle up with it.I can't believe it was that quick to knit!

nova said...

Fantastic! I think there is a time and place for acrylic. 10 days before Christmas, perfect time! It's a lovely throw. I think it will be very well-received.

Betsy said...

Leslie, this throw is just beautiful! It looks really cozy. You know, reading your blog makes me want to learn to knit in the new year--not like I will need anything new to keep me busy or anything. So stop showing all these cool sweaters and blankets you evil temptress you!!

So Much Fun said...

Still time...still time...I would love to make that for my big sister...but she would probably have to pry it out of my hands on christmas morning!

Meggie said...

Pat will love it, Leslie. I wish I could see her face on Christmas when she unwraps it.

AJ said...

It's beautiful! Looks very cozy for the harsh winter.

tiennieknits said...

Truly amazing! What a fantastic present this is - so soft and cozy looking.

P.S. Us crazy stitch counters and timed-row keepers need to stick together!

jenna said...

I recognized this blanket immediately, as it is the ONLY afghan I have ever seriously considered knitting! And now I'm considering even more seriously. :) What a wonderful gift!!

Ella said...

Holy cow... that thing looks SO SNUGGLY. I'm warmer just looking at it!

Cinnamonamon said...

Cozy blanket! I'm freezin in this drafty ole house; I might make one for myself (after Christmas!). I've been pleasantly surprised by Lion brand several times. :)

Lisa said...

This is simply stunning. The cables are just beautiful. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

My New Years resolution? Learn to do this.

Your projects are just awesome. It's always a pleasure to stop by to see what you're working on.


Lisa
http://lisatutmanoglesby.typepad.com/my_weblog/

radioactive girl said...

Okay, I bought the yarn for this now. I have to make Sheldon for my son but since I am sneaking that as a surprise, as soon as I finish the sweater I am working on I am all set to begin this in front of the kids and then sneak working on Sheldon when he isn't around.

Felicia said...

I'm in love with it too. Its fabulous :)

Soulknitting said...

Beautiful! It came out just fabulous! Fray-check. Great idea.

Knitserland said...

What a fabulous gift! I still use the knit blanket my grandma made for me some 15 years ago. They are so warm and cozy.

I just bought fray check to try on the yarn ends of a scarf but was hesitating to put it on. Now that I now it works I'll give it a go! Thanks.

Sarah said...

Cool tip for the anti-fray. That blanket will warm the soul!

tonpetiteoiseau said...

Wow, I saw this post once before Christmas and then I could not for the life of me remember where it was. Success, I found it again by mistake! I love the fray check idea. I was stumped on how to make the ends stay in. Thanks! I also loved the way you wrapped the blanket up.

Knitterella said...

Hey L, I'm thinking of doing this for a wedding gift. Would you say do in strips or all at once on a big circular? Is the seaming pretty straight forward? Mattress stitch? (I kind of like doing that stitch)

javieth said...

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Diane said...

I fell in love with this throw the first time I saw it (Pinterest, I think) but I hadn't learned to knit yet. I learned to knit last month and have knit hats, a couple cowls, a rabbit, and a scarf. I just ordered the yarn and have downloaded the LB pattern -- can hardly wait to get started. Thanks for the kick in the behind ... :)
Love your finished throw!