Monday, July 4, 2011

Another Baby, Another Blanket

When Michelle, who is like a daughter to me, announced that she was having a baby in September, 2011 the search began again for the perfect baby blanket. When she asked me for a blanket, I was more than happy to do it. 

 I found this blanket on and thought it would be an easy project that I could just "whip up."  The pattern had 35 bares that make a nice patchwork design. 

However, when I printed up the pattern, I discovered that it was to be knitted all in one piece -- YIKES!!!!  Apparently the designer had the same love of sewing together squares as I did. She didn't, however have the same feeling for intarsia design. I pondered which was the worst of two dislikes, then decided to plunge in and just follow the pattern. 

 It called for Bernat Softee Chunky Yarn, letting the "mom to be" choose the colors.  There was some difficulty in keeping the yarn untangled. I then learned the "Continental for one color, English for the other" method and it got easier. I would definitely love to do this project again, but use natural fibers. The yarn, while nice did split and was a little "fluffy." The blanket for Jaidey, was a big hit at the baby shower. Can't wait to see a picture of him and his blanket.

Alexandria's Blanket

If you saw my earlier post, I had an inspiration from four sharpie markers; orange, green, blue and rosy pink. These were the closest colors I could come up with. When I found out that my niece, Morgan was having baby Alexandria, this inspiration turned into this project. 

This is my second Moderne Log Cabin Baby Blanket. I like to make the blankets extra large, so that it can be used well into to preschool. I loved the rich colors from Paton's Classic 100% Wool. I also loved using natural fibers. The yarn was so wonderful to work with and knitted up beautifully. The blanket was a big hit with Mom Morgan and MeMe Robin.

Cozy Klean Kanteen

I love my Klean Kanteen, but it can get slippery from the moisture formed when it's filled with cold drinks. I got the idea from someone in a yarn shop that had a cozy for her Klean Kanteen. I knitted up some nice merino and decided to make myself my own cozy. The design was my attempt at a Fibonacci Sequence. Not only does it keep my beverage colder longer. It keep the Kanteen from slipping out of my hand.

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