OK--some project updating. Several projects lately have had baby, baby, baby written all over them. Here's one.
I have loved Jared Flood's Tweed Baby Blanket ever since it first appeared on the Brooklyn Tweed blog. It offered a nice big expanse of garter stitch knitting bordered with feather and fan lace. But most of all, I loved Jared's choice of non-baby colors and, as you can see, I didn't stray far from his color ideas as I made this one.
But hell's bells, it was a lot of knitting. I made the center square enough bigger to accommodate two more repeats of the feather and fan border, so I have no one to blame but myself for the ordeal of knitting that border, with its stitches crammed and jammed on the needle.
Also, that I-cord bind off was a new experience--knitting four stitches for every border stitch, and there were darn near 800 border stitches by the time the blanket was finished. But I was very happy with the detail of that border--kind of like quilt binding, and very flexible. I'll be using that technique again.
Jared's samples were heavily blocked, but who are we kidding here? A busy mom is not going to take the time to block this blanket when it's laundered. And with a high acrylic content, I'm not sure how well this would block at all. So it's as is, soft and cuddly. Very happy with it. And I hope Urban Hipster Baby likes it too.
Pattern: Tweed Baby Blanket by Jared Flood
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Tweed, about 9 skeins in three different colorways.
Needles: 9 US
Begun: August 15, 2011
Completed: October 22, 2011
It's a week of changes as I ease into a new lifestyle. One thing I'd yearned to do for a long time was to get back to a regular yoga practice. Hope springs eternal for better flexibility and agility...and I'd love to tap into the spirituality and centering aspects of yoga. I really feel I could use that now. So I headed back to class this week, after about a six year absence. I'm starting back from absolute zero, but I'm starting.
And OMG--I am sore. But it's good sore.