Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mint Chocolate Chip Baby Blanket All Grown Up

My baby is all grown up
My blanket is complete.  Currently, it is pinned and blocking as shown in the picture.  I feel a bit...bereft.  I am ecstatic that I am finally done - as I've been knitting this since March. However, I feel like I've lost a friend in a way.  I miss the feel of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in my hands.  I miss the repetitive, calming back and forth motion of the seed stitch.  I do not miss the K3Tog of the edge.

But, with that said, I am so freaking happy to have finished a major project.  I know it's not a sweater, or even very difficult, but for me...this is huge. It's my third knitting project I have ever made, and it has taught me so much.  Going into this, I hated purling.  Now, I like it more than the knit stitch.  I can now add a new skein of yarn like a champ. And, I have dabbled in lace.  All on my third project! 

Sewing on the edges with my trusty Chibi
Sewing the edges together was easier than I thought it would be.  The pattern had called for the edges to be sewn together at the corners first, and then sewing that frame to the main portion.  I changed it up a bit and sewed each edge to the blanket first and then sewing up the corners.  While I found sewing the edges on to be easy, I did not find sewing the corners together easy.  In fact, sewing the corners together sucked almost as much as weaving in the ends. And trust me, there were a lot of ends. Each corner had two strands of brown, two of white and two of the green. The green and brown were the better of the two, but the white had to be woven into the lace...and it was tricky.  

I'm excited to give the blanket to Ariel in a couple of weeks. I really hope she appreciates it and loves it as much as I do.  With the right care, this can be a nice family heirloom.  And I'm sure while it won't be the last baby blanket I knit, it is the first...and that makes it all the more special to me.  Once her baby boy is born I will have to get a picture of him wrapped in the blanket.  

I will be starting my Saroyan next week :)  In the mean time I will finish up my dish cloth which is the most perfect beach knitting ever - easy pattern and cheap yarn.  

Pattern: Blanket with Decorative Edge by Debbie Bliss
Needles: US 3 and US 5 


  1. Looks fantastic Amy. You did a great job. I bet it will be appreciated for years to come. I have to say I giggled when I saw the pic of you knitting on the beach the other day. So cute!

  2. Thank you so much Kim :) I hope so! I'd be tickled pink if someone made me a hand knit item for my baby.
    :P LOL there is nothing wrong with multi-tasking...

  3. What a beautiful blanket! It is such an accomplishment to finish something that large and as a special gift!

    I knew you would love the dishcloth! Brainless knitting + cheap yarn = Super Easy Completed Projects!

  4. Congratulations on finishing your blanket! It's lovely! It's quite an accomplishment to take on so many new skills in a single project! Well done!

  5. That's really beautiful. I'm glad you finished it before the baby arrived. :)
    I can fix the empty feeling... What's the next project?!

  6. Thank you so much guys :) I'm quite pleased with it.

    LOL Diane, I am HOOKED on dish cloths. So fun and easy. I'm going to root through your patterns tonight for my 2nd one.

    Jen, I'm going to be doing a light summer shawl out of bamboo/silk blend yarn.


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