Friday, March 21, 2008

Muffy, Can You Pass the Pate?

"Why certainly, Biff."

In my mind Muffy and Biff live in a very big house and eat mostly gross things, just because they can afford to. Muffy probably wears real pearls and cashmere everyday, and doesn't even know what a washing machine is, let alone if she has one. Maria does all that for her and Biff. Little does Muffy know, Biff and Maria have "a thing" going, but that's ok, because Muffy has been seeing Lowell, Biff's best friend. It all comes out at the dinner party Muffy and Biff are throwing, for the clients of their investment firm, in a loud wine fuelled argument. The country club will talk about this for months!

This Public Service Message is brought to you by the "Pate is Gross (but it makes a good name for a blanket) Council".

Yes my friends, Lace2K project #7 is complete! I am now 7/14 lace projects for the year. The goal is to have the "majority" of your projects contain lace. The next blanket will be the one that puts me over the "majority" line - at least for now!

Name: Pate
Pattern: "Plastic Doily" by Mary Schiffman
Yarn: Farmhouse Summer Spun, unknown colorway - 2 skeins (and a little)
Needles: size 8 Knit Picks Options
Notes: Another fast Circular blanket made form a doily pattern. This one went a little over the two skeins line. I'm glad I had a third, or else this would be a post of swear words. This one came out to 4'8", so I had to do some origami to block it.

It's kind of hard to block lace this way, but since it's a blanket, I think it will be ok. I've been consciously trying to do a bit of stash busting as I knit up these gift projects, and am feeling very smug and successful about it. Maybe all of my worsted weight leftovers will get turned into blankets.

This blanket features a crochet cast off. I'm out of crochet practice. It took a l o n g time. It probably didn't help that I talked all night during SnB, instead of crocheting. In the end, it all came out fine, but I could have had it done in two hours if I hadn't been running my yapper so much.

I have to admit, I got a little bored with Socrates towards the end, but this pattern keeps changing motifs right up to the cast off- never got bored with the sameness. As a matter of fact, I frogged a couple times because I wasn't paying close enough attention. You'd think after the first time you tinked 400 stitches you'd be more careful. HA! I laugh at your careful! I refused to learn my lesson and had to frog 600 (!) stitches near the end when I didn't bother to read my pattern. Evidently reading the pattern is an integral part of successful lace knitting. Who knew?
Overall I think this was a very successful project, given a fun name in honor of the original pattern. At the very least, the blanket is warm, soft, and just the right size for a lap. Nice.


jennsquared said...

That turned out beautiful! I have some farmhouse silk spun, maybe I should make one too! :)

KnelleyBelley said...

Muffy and Biff had better get themselves some high-priced divorce lawyers. Muffy better make it clear that she gets to keep the pate! It's gorgeous.

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Octopus Knits said...

It looks great - and the Biff/Muffy/Pate commentary had me laughing : )
It was nice to meet you Thursday night at SnB.

Batty said...

Why would anyone name something this pretty after something I can't even imagine eating?

Oh, and Muffy wants a divorce because it's the thing to do. Staying married is so passe, dahlink! Everybody who is anybody has had at least 3 husbands!