This post is for the knitters, and for moms with baby blanket experience. I need a little advice.
Oh – wait. This is an I’m done with it report, not a finished object report, just to be clear.
I was using Caron One Pound, because I knew a sturdy acrylic was necessary for the household where this was supposed to be going to live. Never again. I’m sure the yarn was part of the problem; it REALLY hurt my hands. Now, I’m no yarn snob. There’s a time and a place for just about every yarn on the market, but this one’s time and place is going to have to be somewhere I’m not.
I used a size 6 Hiya Hiya circular needle, and THAT is where I think I went wrong. The #6 was great for the start – actually, I crocheted the ring in the center, but you can see any of my crocheted in the round FO reports for more info on that – but given that I was using an acrylic and one can’t REALLY block acrylics, I think I used have switched to a #7 at some point.
What say you? That’s as blocked as the baby can get. Now granted, there’s some puckering around the outside edge because I bound off immediately after a cable, because I’d had enough, and yet, I was fond enough of the pattern that I couldn’t just frog it. I had originally intended to gift it to Gretchen as a crate pad, but I discovered that it is just the right size to drop over bare feet in this season of transition from sandals to socks.
Now, here’s the question. Is a fancy, cabled blankie that needs blocking a less than ideal gift for the average mom? I’m thinking that regardless of the fiber content, most moms want a machine wash and dry and use kinda’ blanket. I don’t want any of my blankets to ever end up on a top closet shelf because they aren’t practical.
This is REALLY important to me right now, because one of my nearest and dearests is expecting #3. She is the sort who will treasure, use and properly care for whatever I give her, but since this will be her third child under the age of 4, I want to make the right blanket.
I’m hoping for a girl, but they aren’t finding out this time either, so I’m thinking I’ll knit in a red of some sort this time… just because that seems right.
Thanks in advance for your input!