Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Baptismal blanket for Markku (what was I worried about?)

And some artsier photos...

Pattern based on the "dishcloth" baby blanket described at
Patons Be Mine in Wuzzy White
Completed March 20, 2006

This is my first completed project that was at least sort of documented in previous posts, so that makes my job here a lot easier!

Let me just say that this is a lot bigger than it looked on the needles, and also that it will probably never be exactly square (unlike its cousin the dishcloth) because knit stitches are taller than they are wide. Blocking helped a tad but not a lot. Apart from those foibles it's a simple and functional blanket. I'd recommend it again for a beginner, but I'm ready for something more complex now.

I borrowed the hood idea from the hooded baby blanket at Lion Brand's website, pretended I was knitting another blanket and then cast it off as a triangle (see second photo above) before sewing it to the blanket. I love how soft and cushy the yarn is, but it doesn't do well with elaborate stitches, so the only real way to create a pattern is to use different colors, which is what I will do next time I use it.

Mom used her sewing machine to embroider "March 2006 Made for Markku" on a ribbon and I wove it through the yarn-over spaces on one side, which was a nice touch!

I love imagining a soft little baby wrapped up in this blanket, getting water poured on him (and maybe waking up with some frustrated squawks), and then being snuggled into the hood. Awww!

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

My own private Alaska

For the last month or so, on this coast and that, back and forth, I have been working on a blanket of snow that reminds me of tundra and northern lights.

This is Markku's baptismal blanket. It's a bit over halfway finished. Did I mention that his mother is having a baby shower thrown for her two weeks from today? And that's when I should be giving her this blanket in preparation for Markku? Yeah. I'm now kicking into knitting overdrive. Oh, and there's a hood to add as well.

At least I'm over the hump--the whole thing is knit on the bias and so the halfway point is also the slowest-feeling point because the rows are the widest. Now I can feel myself gaining momentum as the rows become shorter and go by more quickly.

Besides, I have something to look forward to.

Please excuse me now while I drool on the yarn. I should wash it off though, before using this to make Rianne's birthday present.

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