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.

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