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Friday, September 14, 2012

FO Friday -- Bulky Baby Blankie Edition

Great news, y'all!  I finished the baby blanket I'd been working on at breakneck speed last week!  And only 5 days after the baby shower!  Oops.  I tried.  I really, really did.  But apparently I brought some sort of exotic cold back from Costa Rica with me, and then had to ship Mr. Right back off on the Business Trip That Never Ends (...it goes on and on, my friends!) and all of it slowed me down just a smidge.

But!  All flimsy excuses aside, here it is:



I loved knitting this blanket.  For reals.  It was fast and easy, and the pattern was both well-written and very intuitive.  After a bit, I only had to glance at it occasionally.  And that doesn't happen for me very often.


If you're interested, I modified an afghan pattern to shrink it down to baby-size, and knit it in Knit Picks Brava (acrylic!) Bulky.  Details on my mods are here.  And I gotta say, the yarn was surprisingly soft and squishy.  I'm not a fan of acrylic at all, and I'd totally use this again for something like a baby blanket that needs to be both washable and generally mistreat-able.



It's an all-around Woot! project, I'd say.

In other news, I'm still waiting on the rest of the wedding pictures so I can write up a proper post or two.  Soon!  Promise!  I did find one picture I wanted to share with you all:



Remember Wendell?  He's my ridiculously adorable and incredibly reliable wedding assistant, sent by Kathleen to help me wrangle all the details.  He totally came to the chapel with me and hung out in the dressing room while I was getting ready.  He stood watch over the bridesmaids bouquets and just generally made me smile.  Wendell rocks.

Speaking of things that rock... (smooth transition, no?) Go check out FO Friday and Fiber Arts Friday for lots more yarny goodness.  They're all kinds of awesome.

16 comments:

  1. I love hearing the positive reviews of KnitPicks Brava, because I have been on the fence about trying it. Also, I love the pattern you used for the blanket!!

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  2. Beautiful blanket. I love the color too. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

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  3. That is just lovely, both the colour and the texture. It will make a wonderful gift.
    thanks for sharing
    martine

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  4. Lovely blanket, worth the wait I'd say!

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  5. That blankie is so sweet! I love that you modified the pattern down to a smaller size to suit your recipient. It turned out really beautiful.

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  6. That blanket is such a gorgeous design, I'm sure they didn't mind waiting a few extra days.

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  7. That blanket is GORGEOUS! I love the pattern. As much as I hate acrylic, I know it has it's place especially with blankets that need washed somewhat frequently.

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  8. Don't you just love Business Trips That Never End? (I hope you noted the sarcasm, my guy is forever flying across the country in various directions - CT this week)

    The blanket looks awesome and I'm sure the baby and parents will love it :D

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  9. That baby blanket is stunning! It looks great!

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  10. Boo for business trips when you're newlyweds! Yay for the beautiful baby blankie. I'm not sure which of those colors it really is, but they're all pretty. =)

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  11. That is a beautiful blanket. And in my knitting world, five days late is pretty much right on time ;)

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  12. That is a beautiful blanket! I love it!

    If you (or anyone else!) is interested, I have a giveaway on my blog right now for a custom dyed skein of yarn! http://philwife.blogspot.com/2012/08/custom-dyed-yarn-giveaway.html

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  13. The blanket is gorgeous! I will have to try knitting with that yarn. Kathleen worked her usual magic with Wendell. He is adorable!

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  14. I wish I could like...sneak into the US mail system and intercept that blanket for my very own! It looks just beautiful---so elegant and squishy-lovely at the same time. I'm going to have to try some Knit Picks brava...

    And wow, I can't even tell you how much it makes me smile to see Wendell nestled in between your wedding flowers! I'm so, so happy that he brought some extra smiles to your wedding day. <333

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  15. That blanket is gorgeous!! And despite feeling ill, I bet Costa Rice was incredible! Can't wait to read more!

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