I've been on a string of food related posts, but that doesn't mean I stopped knitting. I usually have at least a few projects on my knitting needles, it's just a matter of finishing them, and photographing them, and getting organized enough to write about them here. Or when they're gifts, finishing them, mailing them and THEN sharing them with you here.
I started knitting this baby blanket in December after I finally finished knitting a pair of socks. In fact, I bought the yarn for this baby blanket and told myself that I wasn't allowed to start a new project until I finished those socks. My self-imposed rule was quite effective. I kept staring longingly at this soft, modal/cotton blend, dreaming of the day when I could begin using it. The socks were finished in time to give them to my mom for Christmas and I began knitting this blanket for a friend whose baby is due in June.
About the pattern: I love Jared Flood's patterns. His style and colors are beautiful. He also takes beautiful pictures of his creations. I used one of his patterns for this tweed baby blanket over the summer and was excited to use one of his patterns again for this blanket (Shale baby blanket). The pattern is easy to memorize after a few repetitions and produces a beautiful lace pattern. His pattern calls for wool, but I substituted a cotton / modal blend instead. I wanted something a little softer, more durable and machine-washable so I used Knit Picks Shine Worsted. The color is called Robot. Wool is better for showcasing the pattern, but I think the cotton/modal blend worked well, too. As an added benefit, the blanket kept me warm as I knitted through the cold and snowy Boston winter.
All the details are on Ravelry.
So what's next on my needles? Right now I'm using up some stash yarn for a scarf, but I have big plans for another baby blanket. I'm branching out on this one to design my own pattern. At least that's the plan. Stay tuned...