Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Happy Blanket

I've been waiting to share this with you for a bit. It was completed a while ago, just before we moved out while the floors were being done. I blocked it during our brief visit home between polyurethane coats and then had to wait until we were back in the house to unpin it. This morning I finally got some good sunlight for the photo shoot.

Pattern: Baby Chalice Blanket (Ravelry link) by Lykkefanten
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy (100% superwash Australian merino), colorway Happy Forest, less than two skeins
Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) Knit Picks Options
Started/Completed: September 9/October 1
Dimensions: approximately 2' by 3'
Mods: none to the knitting, but I charted the pattern from the written directions to complete it

I'm quite happy with how this turned out. The lace pattern reminds me of thistles or asparagus spears (the latter no doubt because of the color I chose). I followed the pattern as written and blocked it somewhat aggressively to open up the lace, with the resulting finished product measuring just slightly larger than specified in the pattern. This will make a nice stroller blanket for Rainbow, although it's a little lighter than I thought it would be. If I were to do this over again, I'd either use smaller needles (and perhaps add repeats to keep it the same width) or a heavier yarn for a thicker fabric. But that's not to say I'm disappointed with my yarn choice -- DIC Classy remains my favorite worsted weight yarn when I'm up for a bit of a splurge.

As long as we're looking at green things, here's the beginning of another sweater for Rainbow -- Helena -- that I cast on for yesterday at Natural Stitches. I'm through the raglan increases and should be getting to the fun lace part soon. I'm not in too much of a hurry on this one, though, as I'm making the six-month size.

And, it is Sunday, after all, so to keep spinning in the mix, take a look at what finally arrived earlier this week (after I waited only about five months):

7 comments:

marirob said...

such a pretty blanket! i've always wanted to knit with dream in color but never had the chance. the color you chose is great!

DPUTiger said...

There is nothing bad about DIC Classy. Well, unless you are trying to match dye lots.

Great blanket, the sweater looks good, and yay for new bobbins!

Beck said...

Gorgeous blanket! I've never knit with DIC Smooshy either. I see it used in people's projects all over the place but never got around to trying it myself. :)

Jen said...

Love the blanket!

Kenny said...

Like I've always said..... beautiful!

weezalana said...

What a gorgeous blanket! I'm glad you put the spinning reference before that last pic, 'cause my first thought was, "Mini wooden dumbells?"

Mary said...

Gorgeous blanket! I love the variations in color in the yarn!