Yarn Along – Knitted blanket garter squares

Wednesday already! Knitting and reading. Its Ginny’s Yarn Along again.

After digging around my Charles Dickens books yesterday, I found myself reading one. Hard Times. I haven’t read it for a long time. Its kind of comforting to pick this book up again. Familiar, but so much I have forgotten. Also I couldn’t help peeking into my couple of old Punchs and All the Year Round. The latter is a collection of 1870s weekly magazines “conducted by Charles Dickens”. All of the books are dusty, even though I keep them in a glass fronted cupboard. Hmm. I need to tackle the dust in the bookcases.

Knit wise, I have finished the pair of fingerless gloves from last week and they have been stored away. I decided to leave the mitten part off this time and I really like the difference. My knitted patchwork blanket squares are now sitting proudly in the full glare of my attention at the top of my knitting basket. I had so much fun making these squares, last year, but it is time to finish this blanket. I am going to knit plain garter squares to go between the more elaborate squares. I’m hoping that the plain ones will highlight the more interesting squares. Lots of squares to knit and hopefully this will help deal with more of my odd balls of wool.

I think that “Hard Times” and these squares are going to keep me busy for several weeks to come!

Oh, I thought I would share this time saving tip I found in one of my copies of Punch.

“Mrs Adams, do you ever dust my things?”

“Well, Sir, no, Sir. But sometimes I blows!”

Hop on over to Ginny’s for more book ideas and knitting inspiration. Unless you’d prefer to dust…….

30 thoughts on “Yarn Along – Knitted blanket garter squares

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    What beautiful books you have; I love old books!
    I have been wanting to do a blanket with all the leftover
    yarn I have so I am excited to see how your looks!
    Happy Yarn Along.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Each of the yarns, that I’m using, bring back memories of previous knitting, and when and where I knitted it. I love projects that use the leftovers, like the hexi patchwork I’m finishing at the moment. Doesn’t have the same effect when cooking with left over food!

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    oh cheryl!!! your old books !!!!
    what a treat to see.
    lovely knits too.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 9:54 am

      I love those old books.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    i LOVE your fingerless gloves. they are so charming!


    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:27 am

      I’m not sure if I will be able to resist making a few more pairs. They are so satisfying.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    That book is too wonderful! I have a passion for antique books myself, though they’re dustier than they should be.
    Cute fingerless gloves!

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:24 am

      I remember hearing about a scheme over here, where they were not going to dust the books in a stately home (NT) and see what happened. I wonder if they discovered anything new.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve never done fingerless gloves woth the finger bits in, I always do the where you make the thumb hole and go staright across the hand (iykwim!) I think I’m going to make them a future project. Your squares look lovely and I’m sure the finished blanket will be warm, snuggly and attractive.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I find the half fingers more comfortable to wear than the straight across the knuckle style. The fingers are really easy to do. If you can knit the rest of the glove the fingers are a doddle!

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I have quite the collection of old books. You can never have too many. Thanks for the punch page! Too funny. Lovely knits as usual 🙂

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:26 am

      It is so much fun dipping into the older books. I never fail to find something to smile at.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Priceless bit of Punch there, Cheryl…………I used to work in a local solicitors office in my younger days and they kept copies of Punch in the waiting room, I always found them a good read in my lunch hour. I have most copies of Charles Dickens but must admit I don’t read them very often now, love the knitted squares for your blanket. x

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:28 am

      I love the older Punch. When I was a teenager, our dentist used to have modern copies and I always felt vaguely disappointed that they weren’t like the ones bond up in the old books.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The dusting illustration and caption – very funny! I can so relate. Looks like you’ve been busy with the squares and mitts. Can’t wait to see the blanket when it’s complete.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:30 am

      I love the old illustrations. Humour changes over the years, but I think this one is still relevant.

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Not only are your knits and crafts inspiring but now you’ve branched out into housekeeping tips. Your advice is brilliant and I’ll be taking it straight to my furniture today!

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Glad to be of service. I’m sure there will be more gems to find in these tomes of wisdom! I’ll have more time to search the pages, now I’ve solved the dusting problem!

  • Wednesday 8 February, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I must admit that i HATE dusting. It seems like such a colossal waste of time. It doesn’t help that I live in a very dusty climate. Love those gloves.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Ah dust. Gets everywhere in no time at all. Dusty climate sounds awful. 🙁

  • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Your knitting is so colourful!

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Greer. Colour is always welcome at this time of year.

  • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my little blog. I’m so glad you did as I love yours and am putting you in my google reader to keep up with. Charles Dickens is a favorite, your books are beautiful and your knitting is too. I like the gloves without the mitten tops to and am anxious to see your blanket, I too think the garter squares will be lovely.

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I think the garter squares are a good compromise. Otherwise this blanket will take years to make. I’d love to have it in use and being enjoyed. So lovely to meet folk with similar interests. Ah, the beauty of blogging! 🙂

  • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Love those squares, I bet the finished quilt will be lovely!

    • Thursday 9 February, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Oh I hope so. Not sure if I’ll finish it this winter, but I’m going to do my best.

  • Friday 10 February, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I love the different squares for your patchwork blanket, the plain ones will show them off really well…I can’t wait to see the finished blanket. Perfect timing for more snow!

    Have a lovely warm weekend.

    • Friday 10 February, 2012 at 11:21 am

      I’m trying to resist wasting time arranging them until I have all the squares knitted, but I hope the effect will work!

  • Friday 10 February, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Oh my, I love your stripy gloves, fantastic!! And have I just spotted pictures of chickens and little birdy prints in the snow? I’m off to read more of your posts =)

    • Friday 10 February, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Maike. I am loving the stripes and colours. 😀

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