Friday, March 30, 2012

Booties, Blankets, and Hats, Oh My!

Success!

Nothing like waiting until the very last minute to finish a gift.

It is probably safe to state that, while I fuss and gripe and complain and maybe cuss a little about lace projects, I really, maybe, kinda actually like them.  They are a challenge and offer a huge amount of learning opportunities.  You truly have to immerse yourself in the stitch process and KNOW and READ your knitting on a highly intimate level.

So, without further ado, the big unveiling:














The who's and the what's:

Blanket (which looked like this before being SEVERELY blocked) was a combination of patterns.  The center section was this Christening Blanket but the lace border gave me major headaches, so I scrapped it and made/attached this border pattern and added a few extra stitches to increase the width.  Yarn used was Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Lace which resulted in a blanket that is so incredibly soft, squishy, and has a hint of loftiness to it.  Booties were made from Socrates using the Stay on Booties pattern.

Next up were a couple of quick knits to go to the above baby's niece.  Yep Uncle and Niece are going to be one month apart.  What a lovely surprise!







Same bootie pattern, but made from Koigu KPPPM and the hat is Berry Baby Hat using Cascade 220 Superwash and Cascade Pacific.

Time to wrap it all up and shoot it off for delivery...hopefully arriving before the ACTUAL delivery!

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13 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thanks! The bootie pattern is my go to and I have made the hat before (takes maybe 2 hours to whip up). The blanket will more than likely be a repeater (with my changes, but need to figure out how to knit and attach at the same time to avoid separate blocking/seaming). Honestly, it's a little hard to send it away, but it is going to a good home!

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  2. Wow! That blanket obviously took some skill AND perseverance. Very nice.

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    1. There's another story wherein I refused to believe/trust the pattern at first. Was convinced that there had to be a mistake and even convinced my friends that it was written wrong and wouldn't work. Finally just said what the heck and tried it. The border, well I was over the headache of trusting the pattern after four attempts but am happy with the substituted border.

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  3. Beautiful! You do lovely lace work!

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    1. Thank you. Decided if you can't beat em ( as in avoid it entirely at all costs) then join em in the lace making world. Especially since I keep being drawn to patterns with a lot of lace.

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    1. Thanks. When I show FOs to the hubs he always says "it's his favorite thing I've made so far" so ya know it's kinda hard to evaluate your work with that kind of biased approval. :)

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    1. Thanks. I hope the babies/mamas enjoy using them.

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  6. All of your projects are great, but that blanket is amazing!

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    1. Thank you. The whole blanket went surprisingly quickly (total of about 5 weeks) which sounds long until you factor in that really the bulk of the knitting was done only in the car going to and from work.

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  7. so gorgeous! love that blanket!!

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