I wanted to share a quick look at my latest knitting project – a blanket for my sister and brother-in-law’s “expecting” friends. This was a project with a deadline and did it ever test my speed-knitting skills! I have to say that I am very pleased with how it turned out and I’m a bit impressed with how quickly I was able to get it off the needles.
My sister picked out everything – the pattern, the yarn and the color. It was actually quite nice to have someone else making all the knitting decisions for a change. I think she really picked a winner with this color – don’t you? Their friends plan to keep the baby’s gender a surprise, so we were initially thinking of yellow. But after talking more about the couple, their taste and their personalities, I think this pastel seafoam color (actually called robin’s egg) will suit them perfectly!
When I mentioned a tight deadline for this piece, I wasn’t kidding. I started it on March 11th and finished it on March 28th. That’s a pretty quick turnaround for someone who works more than full-time and has lots of other things going on. So on Wednesday (the 28th) for my lunch break, I ran home to knit 2 more rows before binding off and then sewed in about 10 loose ends, all in less than 25 minutes. Then I snapped a few pictures for the blog (I almost forgot!), tossed it in a bag along with some packing tape and a sharpie and headed to the post office to make it in time for the afternoon pick-up. It went priority mail to arrive on Friday – just in time for gifting. Whew!! Talk about cutting it close.
Here it is all folded and ready to be mailed:
I highly recommend this pattern, knitted in this yarn specifically, for a beautiful, soft and quick knitted baby gift. As always, I hope to see pictures of it in use once the baby arrives (that’s a hint to my sister)!
And now, I am officially on a break from knitting baby blankets. But what next?