April 8, 2003
Another Dang Baby Blanket
This baby blanket is for a high-school friend whose shower was last weekend -- it's this pattern, but instead of Homespun (which, frankly, I've seen more than enough of to last me a year or two) I used Terryspun in Powder and knit with size 13 needles instead of 11. Understandably, my gauge didn't work out the same -- so I just knit with increases until one side was 36 inches (which was the size the pattern said it should be when finished) and then started decreasing. Worked like a charm.
My favorite part of giving this particular present was that I finally got to use my tags, which were a present from my mom for Valentine's Day. Nifty, eh?
In this picture, Dana (the mother-to-be) is explaining to everybody that I also knit a cute little hat for her when she found out she was having a girl. I think she liked it. :)
Standing in front of the mirror in the hotel, I was forced to admit that it looked pretty silly. The style just wasn't flattering on me, and I think I had some gauge problems (or maybe even a dropped stitch? It's so hard to tell with yarn like this...). In any event, I haven't frogged the whole thing yet because I'm not sure what to do with five skeins of this groovy yarn.
Too little, Too Late
Well. The cabled sweater (see links below) turned out okay. I finished it a day or two before I left for Texas and Puerto Rico for Spring Break and discovered that it was a bit small.
I may reblock it before next winter to see if I can make it closer to my size. But by the time I finished it, we were experiencing the first hints of spring and believe me when I tell you, friends -- this sweater is W-A-R-M. Though it would have been perfect for our surprise, post-"Spring Forward" snow storm we had today, I've already packed it away for the season.
So anti-climactic, no?