by Annemarie Beardsley
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
The Balloon is a lacy center of this blanket, carrying a gondola with a little satin bow. Bands of eyelet rosebuds and feather and fan stitches lead to a scalloped edge. All is delicate openwork.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Lion's Baby Soft for easy care and circular KnitPicks Harmony Wood needles no.3, as I use for all my baby afghans.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
A balloon to me is an inspiration into unknown and fascinating worlds - it lets the mind drift up and away. It is my wish for a new young life, for the ability to explore ideas, for dreaming of possibilities, for discovering opportunities.
Babies love lively colors while parents pick blue for a boy or pink for a girl. This blanket is for a baby.
This afghan is my own design.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
I really had no problems, I have lots of ideas and love to express them in my craft. I only hesitated entering this blanket because I had already listed the 'Rosetree'. But then --
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
Yes, then we got notice that our first greatgrandbaby was scheduled to arrive on Valentine's Day - and we at once mailed a parcel to Oregon to greet little Johnny James! And that created the idea to quickly enter the 'Balloon' into this contest too!