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My daughter Ali is moving again.  She is leaving Brooklyn and heading to the burbs. Her house is a sweet little thing that sits on a hill.  It was built in the 20’s and is surrounded by beautiful trees.  It’s blue and red on the outside which will inspire her to change her inside colors.

 

 

 

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When she moved to a new place in Brooklyn and got her first dog, I designed a throw for him to pull all the colors of her home into one room.  A blanket to make Fonzie feel at home.

 

 

So now it seems right that as she begins again, so will I.

I love the colors she has chosen.  A deep red sofa, woven orange chairs.  Together she and I will paint a long single wall a deep blue green to match the Karastan Carpet made from plastic bags that she ordered.

I began with a Dream in Color shade that she noticed was a dead on match for her sofa, Pomegrenade a deep red.  I had a skein of American Beauty Rockstar by Tilli Tomas that I interspersed with the DIC for sparkle and weight.

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I was inspired by the fabric she chose for her mid-century modern chairs, a retro, nubby orange, Holiday Yarn had a burnt orange that worked well. I found a tosh that was a brighter shade of the Jamestown blue-green we would paint. And finally into my stash for some accent yarns that I would hold together.

 

 

And I began swatching I wanted a similar gauge with all of my different yarns.  It would require using a smaller needle on some fatter yarn which created a denser fabric.  I would use it for the beginning middle and end for stability.  And as I swatched, a sunset appeared and my theme was created.

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I discovered a lovely little bird pattern inspired by a Vermont summer.  I made them fly through the deepening blue sky.

I wanted the blanket to be a mirror image of itself so when my daughter folds it to sit on the sofa, the birds would be flying up, not appear as bats flying at you.  I would create two halves and Kitchner them together.

Finally.. my night sky as the last of the sun disappeared.  I wanted to incorporate some beads here as I had on each end in the red sections.  And I wanted them to twinkle like stars.  Unfortunately, there was not a skein of Tilli Tomas Rockstar in deep blue available.  I found a clear bead with a silver lining that I randomly knit with Feza silk into garter stripes along with the Acadia of the sky.

Ali, and her husband Larry loved it as their Christmas Gift.

I am happy with the finished throw and my daughter Jill, up for the weekend, snapped some lovely photos for me.

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Written by franny29

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