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FFNF: Baby Blanket

July 29, 2016

I mentioned a little while ago that I had a blanket that I was working on (for what seemed like ever) for a new nephew (he’s a little less new now, almost three months.) In preparation for the big move we have decided to add a little more craziness to the mix and make a quick trip in the other direction to visit the inlaws.

Luckily the visit includes meeting the newest nephew. Unfortunately I found out about the trip on Monday evening and realized very quickly that the blanket was not quite ready, oops. (I mentioned it was taking forever, yeah a big part of that was because I had not been working on it. Go figure the secret knitting gnomes did not visit and knit for me in the night.)

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So most of this week, when not trying to coordinate all the moving parts of, well moving, has been spent working on that blanket. It’s a labor of love don’t get me wrong, but it definitely was a bit of a slog none the less. Fortunately, I managed to finish it with time to spare.

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I did not use a pattern for this blanket, just cast on three stitches in color one, chose an arbitrary stopping point for the first color. The second and third, brown and darker blue were knit until yarn ran out. The plan for the golden strip was similar except it was the halfway point so I weighed out yarn and tried to make it as even as possible. Overall my decreasing seemed to be going fine, the colors were looking similar in size, which was great. Speeding through the last two colors I didn’t pay a significant amount of attention to the blanket, mainly just trying to get it finished. Of course once it was finished I noticed that the whole things seems a bit…off. Don’t get me wrong it’s a blanket, it will work like a blanket is supposed to. It doesn’t even seem like a signifcant deal and considering it will likely end up seeing an untold number of different accidents happening it isn’t the end of the world.

Speaking of the untold accidents that this blanket may encounter, and my general knowledge of tiny humans I chose an acrylic yarn for the blanket. It’s Knit Pick’s Brava Worsted in colorways I completely forgot to take note of.

This was my first time using the Brava worsted, but not the Brava yarn in general and I ran into a lot of the same problems I have had with the DK version. The yarn is a very soft acrylic and handles the washer like a champ, so FO wise it’s great. The issues I seem to run into with this brand are things like knots, althought this time I had far fewer than any other Brava I worked with, still they were annoying to come across. The knots themselves almost appear to have been trimmed, aka there wasn’t excess yarn on either side, in fact the little bit that was left on the knot was frayed and miniscule. I am not crazy familiar with the milling process of yarn so maybe it’s a result of that rather than anything else. Additonally I had areas of slubbiness. The yarn seemed to have clumped together in a spot while being spun, it was an easy enough fix, but still mildly annoying. The last thing was the opposite of slubs. The yarn grew terribly thin in spots, and oddly enough it was not anywhere near the slubby bits, which I could understand a little better. As it stands the yarn is fine for what it is and for the price point, although I also feel like it shouldn’t be something we all so readily accept (but that is a blog post for a different day, if I ever remember to do it.)

Anyway all of this long windedness is to say, woohoo for a finished object completed in time to give.

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P.S. I wanted to say a major thank you for all of your comments and support about the move and everything.

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3 Comments
  1. It looks great

  2. shellssells permalink

    It’s fantastic!!!! And just think, now you don’t have to move that project.

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