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Monday, March 03, 2008

After 2.25 years...

... I have finally finished the Baby Blanket I started in December 2005. Many babies have been born since I started the project. What has this project taught me? I have learned that I can never finish big projects by deadline. Just don't try it. Don't even start. However I can start another big blanket for a yet-to-be-announced baby who will be born three or more years from now. If I start that now, then it'll be done in time for such a baby. I've seen other people whip up baby blankets in no time. I have to wonder how they do it.

Pattern: Elegantly Simple Baby Blanket
Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby, denim blue
Needle: 4.5 mm (US7)

This is the same blanket I made before, in pink, back in June 2005. I must admit that it was easier to knit the second time around. I remember how difficult it was to figure out the lace row instructions, and I only managed it with the help of the helpful ladies at the Knitting About.Com forums.

I thought I would never finish the blanket. When I got to the end of the 2nd ball of yarn, I had to make a decision. Is the blanket large enough? Did I want to go find another ball of this same yarn? Or did I just want to bind off and be done with it. After working on this for over 2 years, the latter won without a contest. I bound off and pulled out the lifelines. I need to smooth out the blanket because it's a bit bunched up funny where the lifelines had been in place for way longer than they should have been.

The blanket is 44 inches x 24 inches, and almost covers the surface of our coffee table. It's not a very proportional rectangle, but I think it'll be ok. In the photo above, you can see how much yarn there was left over (upper left). All I need to do is weave in 4 ends.


Yarn info:
Fibre Content: Acrylic
Made In: Canada
Care: Machine Wash and Dry
Gauge: 22 st/4 inches 4.25 mm (US6)
Yardage: 455 yds
Size: 140 gm
Price: $4.89


4 stitch(es):

Joan said...

Works of art take time, Marie. That's no everyday baby blanket! Stunning!

Rachel said...

That truly is a beautiful baby blanket! I can see why it must have taken awhile - look at all the detail! Great job!

Chris said...

very very pretty. The only way I can whip out a baby blanket is to crochet it.

hakucho said...

That is one awesomely (Is that a word?)beautiful baby blanket. Worth the wait :)

You are way too hard on knit so much...look at what you beautiful items and patterns you produce on a regular basis. You are an amazing knitter :)