Blankie Friday – the Happy Birthday Edition

Yeah, it’s my birthday. Hey all you lurkers, come out and say hello, mmmkay? There’s like thousands of you out there according to the blog stats, and yet I only ever hear from the same twenty or so people. It’s depressing. Not that I don’t love you, you twenty or so who DO comment!

Alright, today as my birthday present to you, I’m including the full-sized blankie pictures – just click on through if you want the big ones. Oh, and there were 27 squares this week. Not too shabby.

Let’s start off with something a little different – blankie with its hair down. I accidentally laid it out with the backside up the first time, and I thought “hey, maybe they’d like to see the backside and all the ends this time.” So there you go. You can also see where I normally lay blankie out, and the toys and crappe that I had to shove aside to get a piece of clear floor space.

Here’s a close-up of the tangled ends. That’s only about a week’s worth of ends – the rest are all woven in.

And the standard overhead shot. I usually stand on one of our dining room chairs to get this shot, and it’s getting harder and harder to fit the whole thing in the frame.

And this week’s close-ups. I don’t know what it is with Photoshop the last couple weeks, but it keeps wanting to rotate these for me. This time I’m going to straighten them back out for you. It gave me a headache all last week thinking of the one sideways one.

And finally, what Julie was doing while I started this post…she had dressed up in all her play clothes, and I let her watch a video while I put Sophie down for her nap and that gave me a few minutes of free time. Now she is busy chopping up paper, pretending to make Valentines and driving me crazy because I’m not going to get the glue out right now.

82 Responses to “Blankie Friday – the Happy Birthday Edition”

  1. Elaine says:

    Happy birthday from a lurker…usually because I have nothing to say. The blanket is beautiful :)

  2. Molly C says:

    Happy birthday!
    Happy blankie!
    Happy everything!

  3. AnnieNoodle says:

    Happy birthday from a MN lurker! I, too, started an endless sock blankie after seeing yours. Thanks for giving me something massive to do with all my sock yarn bits!

  4. Faith says:

    Happy birthday from Indiana! I found your blog through the Yarn Harlot, and just this week started looking at your tutorials, thinking I will have to start making one. I like your idea of using leftover yarn and not purchasing new for it, but it will be a long-lasting project!

    Wish I knew of your blog while we were still in the Twin Cities; I became a more serious knitter just recently and have discovered their yarn shops from a distance, wishing I’d visited them when I had the chance.

  5. Jenn says:

    Happy Birthday (ok, so a little late)
    Hope you had a wonderful day!

    27 squares is none too shabby at all. Blankie is looking great.

  6. jenny says:

    you share a birthday with Rabbie Burns! Happy birthday

  7. Anonymous says:

    Happy birthday to you – all the way from South Africa! My eighty-eight year old mother thinks your blankie is just beautiful. I love your blog. You have a lovely lovely family. Alida

  8. Betsy says:

    Happy Birthday!!

    I’m usually a lurker but have commented from time to time. I love reading your blog. You make me smile a lot.

    Have a great day!!

    Betsy in Chaska

  9. M1 says:

    Happy Birthday! The blanket is just gorgeous.

  10. Ruth's Place says:

    Happy Birthday, I comment occasionally, but not often enough, mostly because I’m usually b-feeding the child while reading. Hope your day was great.

  11. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday!!!!!


  13. Emmybess says:

    Happy birthday from a lurker!

  14. Lisa says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m guilty as charged – a regular lurking reader from Canada. (Well, I have commented a few times.) LOVE Blankie.

  15. daphnew says:

    Blankie = Beautiful! It inspired me to take up mitered squares, made a few place mats from leftover variegated yarns, and a beautiful little sweater that wound up on my granddaughter’s teddy bear. I like the outcome well enough that I may try to replicate it as a baby sweater.

  16. Kay says:

    The blanket is stunning. What workmanship! What insanity!

    Happy birthday!

    xo Kay

  17. Roladie says:

    Birthday?!?!!? Yay! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you had a good one!

  18. Senja says:

    Happy birthday! I’ll come out of my lurking corner just for that. The blankie looks great!

  19. J. Denae says:

    Happy birthday!!

  20. not supergirl says:

    Happy birthday!

  21. melonkelli says:

    Happy Birthday! The blankie is looking brilliant!

  22. SwissKnits! says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Blankie looks wonderful!

  23. Jennu says:

    Happy Birthday!

  24. alice says:

    Happy Birthday…I’m a lurker, sometimes commenter.

    I love your blog…honest, homey, comforting!


  25. technikat says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Your blanket’s backside looks great too.

  26. Jill says:

    Another lurker coming out to wish you a Happy Belated Birthday!

  27. Minneapolismama says:

    Seeing all these blankie pix almost makes me want to knit one myself. Almost.

    Happy Birthday!

  28. Connie says:

    I thought I had an enormous afghan but your blankie is looking even larger. What dimensions are you predicting when it’s done?

    My afghan dates from the years we lived in La Push, WA, where Gary was the Coast Guard cook. After two years in southern California, it was cold on the ocean side of the Olympic Peninsula, which was a great incentive for getting the afghan to grow.

    Happy birthday…birthdays should last more than one day.

  29. knitxx0r says:

    Happy Belated Birthday. I’m not technically a “lurker” since this is only the second or third time I’ve looked at your blog, but I see myself becoming a future lurker, so I might as well come clean now. I love, love, love the blankie. It’s why I’m here — by some circuitous path through Ravelry I found the blankie and am inspired to start one of my own. So your blankie and my blankie will be like long-lost trans-atlantic blankie-cousins.

  30. noricum says:

    Happy Birthday! (I’m running behind on my blog reading… sorry!)

  31. Womanji says:

    Happy Birthday and what a great blanket! Where did you find the pattern for it? I am sure it has to be one of your own creations. You have inspired me to learn to Miter Knit.

  32. tadlewog says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I’m sorry I’ve been so behind. just got to this now. :)

    sounds like you had a great day!

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