Sunday, April 03, 2016

Vivacious Vividness

This morning, I finished up the first of a series of baby blankets slated for little ones arriving mid-year. They're the perfect things to be working on with all the beautiful springtime blossoms appearing everywhere.

As you may have guessed, bright colors aren't exactly my thing. But I must admit working on this was a real feast for the eyes. As soon as I got used to a color, it was on to the next one. Deciding how to arrange them was fun, too. A few colors fight each other in proximity -- sewing that reddish-orange and teal together actually hurt after a while -- but when you step back, I think it works. As you can see, a certain darker orange color was ditched for a deep red -- almost a maroon. Around here, that switch has serious implications that non-Texans may not fully grasp. Let's just say that I made this change with a mother's loyalties in mind...

I modified the pattern by adding an attached I-cord edging in gray -- a nod to one of my preferred shades. It took a while, but it helped. Despite blocking each square to 8", over time the garter edging reigned some of them back in closer to 7.5". After sewing the squares together, there were subtle pulls and dips, especially around the edges. The I-cord kind of works like a topping on a cheesecake, hiding the little imperfections and smoothing everything out to a nice uniformity, more or less.

Up next, I'm going to make a variation on this -- look for more "me" in this one. And then yet one more baby blanket, but on a totally different theme -- I think making 32 of these panels will be just plenty for one year.

But not too soon. First, I'll be working on a bit of lace. I found some lace-weight yarn in a dark greenish gray (now that's a color!) in my stash right about the time I was thinking of another gift I need to make. I think I got it in a yarn swap with friends several years ago. I forgot how much I love knitting lace. And how much concentration it takes. I'm going to be putting in a lot of lifelines on this one.

Hope everyone's spring (or autumn) is full of beauty and creativity!

 

9 comments:

  1. Wow...that is just beautiful. Remind me again where you got the pattern?

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    1. I bought it through Ravelry. It's by Emily Wessel and from Tin Can Knits in the UK: http://tincanknits.com/pattern-HUK-vivid.html

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  2. That is beautiful! I've sometimes thought of knitting a blanket for us but #dogs

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. Pona has already taken a chunk out of one of those pillow I knit last year...

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  3. That is beautiful! I've sometimes thought of knitting a blanket for us but #dogs

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  4. That's gorgeous - and a real heirloom, too.

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  5. Knitted gifts are a great way to work with colours that aren't ones we necessarily want to live with isn't it?

    I can't pretend to have any idea about Texan sensitivities from here in Canada but I do know that is a great looking arrangement the way you've put it together - especially with the neutral i-cord!

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    1. It has to do with a college rivalry. The color I kicked out represents the local team. But I know that the loyalties of the mother-to-be lie elsewhere!

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