Friday, November 2, 2007

Baby Blanket, Take Three

Way back in June or July I promised a friend of mine that I would make her a baby blanket. I did this of my own volition, knowing full well how boring it would be for me to knit. After all, my first ever project was a baby blanket, and I never finished it (and don't plan to). Still, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

So, I purchased quantities of Dale Baby Ull in off white and set to planning. At first, I thought I'd knit a bias garter stitch square, and edge it in lace. I knit a few inches and put it away.


I had tried several types of needles, and it showed in the garter stitch, so I decided to rip and try something more, well, interesting. There was charting and lace and possibilities. I expected to finish sometime in October.

Baby Shawl Progress

But in my heart I knew that this mom-to-be isn't the lace type and that I'm quite possibly not the lace-knitting type. Stitch counts were off and the blanket was put aside again. And yet I struggled, because what kind of baby blanket does one knit with fingering weight off-white yarn besides lace?

October came and went, and still no progress on this blanket. January suddenly didn't seem so far away. So I decided to stop struggling against the yarn and go in a new direction entirely.

Baby Blanket

Worsted weight, for me. (Dream in Color Classy)

Color, for Little Boy Blue. (Summer Sky and Beach Fog)

No holes for little fingers to get caught in.

And machine washable and dryable for Mom. No blocking required.

I think we have a winner.

It's amazing what can happen when you look at the bright side; it's not failure, it's an opportunity to buy more yarn.

If I can knock this out this weekend, I'll be over the moon.


Anonymous said...

What a great moral.
Sorry it was such an ordeal to strike the right pattern, but I agree, you definately got a winner this time.
Looks wonderful!

Bea said...

I love the new combination. I really think you hit a winner. I can't wait to see the finished product!