Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Last Thing I Knit

This is the last project that I worked on before I gave birth to that cutie pie in the picture. Seriously, on the morning that I woke up with contractions, I knit a few rows trying to distract myself while waiting for the doctor to call me back. No, I didn't take it with me to the hospital. I'm not that crazy!

A lot of you will remember that the baby was late in arriving for her big debut and I was suppose to be induced on a Tuesday night if she didn't come on her own over the weekend. To help ease my frustration, DH had taken me out on Saturday for some shopping and spicy Mexican food. I had seen this color yarn a few times when I went to Michaels, but never bought it because I didn't have a project in mind. The color is called Seafoam and I thought it would look good made into the Eyelet Baby Blanket by Blue Sky Alapacas. Somehow, I got it in my mind that I could try to start and finish a baby blanket before the baby arrived. I blame the hormones. I think that I was bored out of my mind waiting for the baby to come, so a challenge was needed.I started on Saturday night when I got home and knit like a crazed woman. By Sunday night, I had the body of the blanket done, but decided to add an extra eyelet row to lengthen the blanket. I figured that I would finish that extra section and get the ruffle border done the next day, Monday, and have it done in time for me to get induced on Tuesday night. Well, the contractions started the next morning.The blanket has been sitting around until I picked it up 2 months ago. It took me over 3 weeks to get the ruffle border done and then it sat for another 3 weeks before I got the motivation to seam the corners of the ruffle border and weave in all the ends. I felt like the border went on forever because each side is done separately. Well, and also having a baby around will slow you down.I love how the blanket turned out. The ruffle gives the otherwise plain blanket a feminine flair. It's very soft and cuddly, perfect for a baby. I think it's cute that Melody is fascinated with the eyelet holes in the blanket. She kept sticking her fingers in the holes when I was taking these pictures.
Pattern: Eyelet Baby Blanket by Leslie Scanlon (from Blue Sky Alpacas)
Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm circs
Yarn: 3 skeins of Red Heart Soft Yarn in Seafoam
Size: 27" by 30"
Mods: I added an extra row of eyelets and picked up 89 stitches for the vertical rows of the ruffle border.

46 comments:

*karen said...

It looks like the color of a Tiffany's box. I think you really have a princess there.

Priscilla said...

What a pretty blanket, and WOW you did knit that FAST! I agree with Karen, Melody is a little princess!

Kirsten said...

What a beautiful baby and blanket! Melody looks so sweet on it. Love the color.

flanthrower said...

What a lovely blanket! I cannot believe you fast you knit. Right now I can't get a project finished to save my life.

Who knew when you knit in those lovely eyelets that you'd be providing built in entertainment into your blanket? How clever?

caitlyn said...

The blanket is fabulous! It's really beautiful.

Agnes said...

It's like that ... the finishing touch sometimes takes much longer than the main project proper! I like the soft touch and the sheen of the Soft Yarn ... actually been thinking of using this yarn for my next afghan project. Vanna's yarn line is another one I'd like to try too. I just love those yarns that could be picked up without a fuss in craft stores ... though they are high in acrylic content. It's good to be able to love acrylic ... :)
The blanket is lovely ... as is the baby!

Nettie said...

That blanket is a beauty. I love those ruffles! That Red Heart yarn knit up so beautifully too.

c.Rachel said...

I hope you don't get tired of hearing it but,...Melody is sooooo adorable! Is she doing her exercises by holding up her head? So sweet!

Gorgeous blanket too. The ruffle edges are a great touch.

Rima said...

I have seen projects of this pattern on Ravelry, and I must say that this is the nicest one! Love the color.
Hi to super-cute button.
PS: If you plan to tell your friend about Coldspring, sooner the better. I understand the stuff is flying out of the window.

My Best Friend Calls Me Martha said...

That turned out soooo cute. I remember when my twin nephews were that age, they play with eachothers buttons or appliques on their brothers clothes, like they couldn't figure out that they had one of their own! So cute :)

garn said...

How adorable - baby and blanket! You certainly whipped out most of the blanket in a hurry and probably would have finished if your little angel didn't show up a day early.

It's nice to see that Melody is being raised with an appreciation of mommy's knitting already:) !!

hetty said...

Melody certainly is a little cutie pie! The blanket is beautiful too. I love the colour! Glad to see that Melody has an appreciation for the finer things in life!

rohanknitter said...

That's such a pretty blanket. It does look like the ruffles could take awhile! Cracks me up how Melody is poking at the hole.

sue said...

The blanket is beautiful and I love the ruffles. It looks to be a very loved blanket too, judging by Melody's intense checking of it.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've got to have my daughter look at that blanket. The ruffle is unbelievable. I've neer seen anything like it. I can't believe how delicious it looks. Of course the baby is the star.

Knit - R - Done said...

The baby sure has an eye for detail. That last picture is adorable!

Salihan said...

It's beautiful! And I agree with everyone about the ruffles. Really makes the blanket!

Judy said...

Oh, so beautiful! The color is great, and I also love the colo of the Trellis. Great projects!

Rebekah said...

this blanket is so cute! Definitely one of the nicest baby blankets I've seen in a while. The ruffle is the perfect touch for the border!

And Melody is so adorable! She's starting to make me want a baby of my own!

JL said...

Ooh, the blankie is so nice. Your little girl is having fun on it.

Lisa said...

It's beautiful! Love the ruffles.

opportunityknits said...

The ruffle border is so pretty. Was it knitted in one piece and then sewn on?
Ah, Melody's so sweet and she can lift up her head already.

Danielle said...

What a beautiful blanket, you always find such pretty patterns! I love the color so much :) I love how content Melody looks as she investigates the eyelets she is so fascinated with.

Alice said...

Gorgeous color and I love how cute and girly the ruffles are! It looks to be the perfect blanket :)

amandajean said...

adorable. (the blanket and the baby.)

Jennie said...

Great colour, cute girly ruffle & cute girly on the blanket.

Marcia said...

Great blanket! Love the ruffle border! I can't believe you found the time with a new baby to finish that . Bravo! Adorable baby by the way.

Elaina said...

Beautiful! Melody is a smart girl trying to get at the eyelet holes! I am in awe everytime I see one of your FOs. Awesome! Good to hear that little Melody is doing well!

Hannah said...

Simply gorgeous, and those pictures are priceless! So cute!

Laurah said...

Beautiful blanket! I love that Red Heart Soft Yarn. It's s o soft and they have a nice color selection that isn't as florescent as Caron SS.
I've made crochet blankets with ruffled borders like that, but I've never seen a knit blanket with that type of ruffled boder. I really like how the border on the side view looks like waves!

Knitterella said...

That blanket is so cute! Love the ruffle! (I'm going to have to make this is Ravelry for sure)

Hi Melody!

bunbun said...

Love the ruffle! I have never seen a ruffle on a knitted project before, it is amazing!
And I can never get enough Melody photos. I agree that the color of the blanket is reminiscent of a Tiffany's box. Which is very cool!

Micki said...

What a sweet blanket! The ruffled border really does make it extra special.

Muddling Through said...

O, your blanket is gorgeous! And I don't know how you get so much accomplished with a baby. You're amazing!
~Elaine~

riggwelter said...

Thank you for the comment you left on my blog.

I love this little blanket (and your beautiful baby) a wonderful colour.

Marianne said...

A perfect little blanket for a perfect little baby girl :-)

nova said...

I really like this blanket! The pattern seems so perfect for a little one. And clearly, Melody loves it!

Lynn said...

Melody is such a cutie. I think this is my new favorite baby blanket. In fact I'm going to add it to my ravelry list right now.

Jeanne said...

Very cute - both the blanket and the baby!

Ulla V. said...

Your hard work really gave a wonderful result. The colour is amzing and so is the rest of the blanket.

I love how the holes are simply perfect for sweet baby fingers :0)

YayaOrchid said...

That is an amazing blanket! And Baby too! You are such an accomplished knitter, you really should have a book published with all your projects. Is that pattern a freebie? I went to the yarn site, but couldn't find it.

Laurah said...

I gave you the arte y pico award. Pass it on if you like! http://thekidneybean.wordpress.com/2008/04/26/atre-y-pico-award/

schrodinger said...

the blanket is *almost* as gorgeous as Melody herself.

Teesa said...

That's a very beautiful blankie! And Melody is soooo sweet! ^_^

Corrie said...

oh the ruffles make the blanket!!!! well done

Renata said...

iyi, I loved everything in his blog, my name is Renata, I do Brazil.Oiyi, as is done this frill around the blanket, will you teach me? Hugs, Renata.