Sunday, January 11, 2009

Regularly Scheduled Knitting

Thank you to everyone who wrote their representatives about the CPSIA. As promised, we now return you to our regularly scheduled knitting.

The Blankie of Doom is off the needles!

The Blankie of Doom is finished! Obviously I did not rip it, although I really wanted to. I started this blanket before the mom even knew baby was on the way and I had to see it through. About a week before anyone knew anyone was pregnant, I dropped all my other projects and cast on for this blanket with the absolute certainty and knowledge that I needed to cast on for a baby blanket and I needed to cast on immediately. Considering it took me 6 months to finish this blanket, maybe I didn't need to cast on immediately, but a week later we found out that our friends Amy and Carlos were having a baby. Did Amy want the blanket for the baby? "Hell yeah" was her answer. Ha! I love my knit friends.

Blankie of Doom posing for a few quick pictures before her bath

Started: May 24, 2007

Finished: January 7, 2009 (it hibernated from August through December)

Pattern: Revolutions by Woolly Thoughts (link to their Ravelry store here) I modified the pattern by making the center and the border all one color. This pattern is extremely easy. It is knit one color at a time in sections, except for the border which I choose to knit all at once using increases. The most complicated part juggling all the stitch holders.

My, that is a bright Blankie of Doom

Yarn: Berroco Comfort worsted--2 balls of red, 1 ball of blue, yellow, green, orange
Comfort is the nicest synthetic yarn I have worked with in a long time. The blue had a slight sound acrylic yarns make, but overall the entire line is nice to knit with. It hand washed in very hot water very well. There was no bleeding or pilling. My only complaint about the yarn is the put up. The yarn is wound so tight in the ball that it is difficult to pull out. There are also several knots per skein. The yarn is a nice enough knit that I will use it again, but next time I am going to rewind each ball first so I can cut out the knots in advance.