by Ryan Hollist
(Roy, UT, USA)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I got back in contact with a woman who had been a very good friend of mine many years ago. She was expecting her fist child, a girl, and I felt I should make her something. I ordered the yarn remembering what colors she loved. It was an incredibly zen experience making this blanket.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Knit Picks Shine Sport in serenade, lavender, lady slipper, and willow with a 3.75mm (F) hook. (The yarn was purchased directly from the Knit Picks web site; the hook is one I have had for many years and can't remember where I got it, probably Michael's). This blanket was the first time I used anything from Knit Picks and any yarn with Modal(R) fiber. I was so surprised by the softness yarn I actually worried it might disintegrate in my hands. However, after having worked with it and tested it's strength I know it will stand up to the wear and tear of any child. This has become my yarn of choice whenever doing baby accessories.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
The basic design was based on a simple pattern I have used for almost all my baby blanket gifts (a square, done in rounds, with alternating colors--usually just two). However, this blanket seemed to want to be more.
I chose four colors, instead of just two, based on what I knew my friend liked and out of a desire to experiment with the colors in the yarn line. As I worked on the project it just seemed to be telling me what it wanted to be, instead of just sticking to a particular pattern. Each time I changed to a new color something new needed to be done. I incorporated lace techniques, cables, fans/shells, and even chasing strands around the edge.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
The only real problem I had in making the blanket was from all the variations in techniques used almost on the fly. There were a number of times I would have to rip out a couple rounds to adjust the work to make sure the blanket would stay flat. However, I didn't mind it so much as I loved figuring out the new patterns within the blanket. It took about a week to complete the full blanket.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I believe the rise of interest in the had crafts (e.g., knitting, crocheting) shows a desire to be making. I often wonder how much people understand and appreciate what goes into making a providing the things they buy and use. In crafting for ourselves, and others, I believe we gain a great perspective that transcends the often crass consumerism and marketing of our world today.