April 23, 2009
After I got back from Colorado, I put my travel project away and refocused my knitting time on this baby blanket for JenZ’s baby girl. The yarn is KnitPicks Swish; the pattern is the Children at Play Blanket from the book Babies & Toddlers: A Knitter’s Dozen. This pattern had a nice web extra: a paintbox version, so I didn’t have to make my own mockup to play with colors. The original had twice as many squares in the center section; I cut that down to make the project more manageable and also because I didn’t have enough yarn in the right shades to make that many squares (and I couldn’t easily get more because some of the colors were discontinued last year). As it was, I ran out of yellow in the border, so there’s one pink corner, which I’ve decided just adds visual interest. I might have to make a bigger blanket from this pattern for myself, because I really enjoyed working on it. It was easy to memorize so I didn’t have to look at the book all the time, and the modular-ness of it meant I kept getting little jolts of “hey, that’s done” satisfaction throughout. I didn’t even mind weaving in all the ends, since I did them a few at a time as I went along.