I have a brand new baby second cousin! She was born last week and is really, incredibly gorgeous! I’m so happy for my cousin to have the new baby and for the new baby to be alive! In preparation for welcoming Delaney into the world, I’ve been working on a blanket for her, which was conveniently completed the day before she was born. I just mailed it off yesterday, so they haven’t gotten it yet.
Pattern: Spice Island Baby Blanket by Donna Childs
Yarn: So there’s a story here. I work as the colorist for a yarn recycling company who makes recycled cotton-blend yarns for the textile industry. I convinced my boss to give me three cones of the yarn to make this blanket so it would be extra-special. I not only knit the blanket, I designed the yarn colors. The yarn is a worsted weight cotton that’s 75% recycled cotton / 25% acrylic.
Needles: Size 6 circulars
Modifications: None. Though now that I’m finished I wish I would have made one. The pattern doesn’t account for the garter stitch border being wider than the slip-stitch stockinette pattern stitch, which are both knit over the same number of stitches. I wish there were fewer stitches in the border. But by the time I was finished and realized it, there was no going back all the way to the beginning, so I went with it for the sides and made the border a little ruffly.
The blanket overall is completely gorgeous, and the stitch pattern produces a really interesting effect, almost like chain link. The yarn turned out to be soft and I’m really quite happy with it.
I love how the pink yarn looks like it’s in front of the blue and purple, even though it was all knit at the same time, but it produces a really interesting, very dramatic appearance. It’s also quite a thick blanket, which means it will keep Delaney nice and toasty all winter long!
I packed it in a box to go find its home, and included one of the awesome tags that Dick made me! He altered it a little from the ones he made for Christmas and put baby things in the background.
After putting on the tag and putting it in a box, it’s all ready to go! I hope she likes it!