Some friends are expecting their first baby this spring. I had already made a baby hat, but haven’t given it to them yet. My husband heard the mother-to-be talking about a handknit baby blanket which her grandmother made years ago, and how much she wished she had more like it (with a lament about how people don’t ‘do that anymore’ I believe) he made a point of steering my knitting in that direction. Since I’ve just finished the Mantis it was time to buy yarn anyway, so that’s the next project.
I rarely work the same pattern more than once, but on occasion I come back to something. I’ve crochetted two or three of Betty Saxon and Luana Nelson’s Dragon, all but one pre-ravelry days. I will quite possibly come back this critter. (I think my Mother-in-Law might need one).
I made Knitty’s version of the Hoover Blanket, doll sized, two and a half years ago, using Lion Brand Homespun. It was a doll blanket for my niece. I liked it, but didn’t find it particularly interesting to knit, and I wasn’t happy with the yarn choice. Homespun is a fun yarn. I love the softness, the interest, and the price, but it’s a bit overwhelming for some projects.
So it’s the Hoover again. This time in sport weight yarn, in baby-pale colors.
I got a gauge of 22 st/4″, so I cast on 121. 17st for the border left 87 to double knit. I opted for three blocks of 29 stitches, which I will pattern in various pastel ways. Five rows of blocks ought to do it, I think. We’ll see how fast I can work this baby up…
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the Bernat Mosaic giveaway. That’s OK, because I entered the Knit a While giveaway for “Knitting With the Color Guys” by Kaffe Fasset (deadline April 6), and the Lion Brand ‘most meaningful handmade gift‘ contest (April 16)