Friday, August 26, 2005

Are we there yet?

Inspired by a beautiful log cabin blanket on Mason-Dixon Knitting (scroll down to the Nov. 22 entry), I decided to make a small version for an expectant mom in my family.

The entire time I was knitting this baby blanket, I wondered how large it would be before I ran out of yarn. And, whether or not it would be the right size for a wee one. So here I am, only bits of yarn remaining, and this is the size of the (possibly) finished blanket.

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So, am I there yet? It measures just 27" square. I could certainly order more of the colorful Knit Picks "Shine" and keep going. But I'm not sure it's necessary. And truthfully, I'm ready to be done. This seems a good size to throw over the car seat or wrap up a newborn. I'm just not sure how useful it will be as the baby grows older. What do you think?

34 comments:

Cathi said...

So cute- I think it is the perfect size- for when the baby is first born, and a perfect snuggly/lovey for when the baby is older. It looks amazing, love the colors as they came out.

Terby said...

I've never commented on your blog before - but that's a great blanket. The size sounds right, and your color sense blows me away. If that was given to me, I would probably get misty-eyed. My compliments.

Anonymous said...

beautiful! keep it that size it'll be great for the car seat and the stoller.
cara
earth mother
love those colours

linda said...

I love the blanket, such beautiful colors! I think the size is good, it seems about the average size for baby blankets.

goodkarma said...

OOooh, I love it. I love the color palette and the design itself. Very nice, very lucky recipient!

maryse said...

new commenter here too.

that is beautiful. and just the right size for dragging around the house and sleeping with when the little kid starts walking.

Emily said...

I agree, it's a great size for the carseat, and the lucky mom will love to take it out and about and show it off! It's beautiful!

Suzanne said...

That's positively inspirational. For a child's blankie - I think it's a great size. Wrap around for the infant and a great drag-a-long for a toddler. :) I can feel a KnitPicks order coming on. I was thinking of making one in wool...but your Shine blankie has changed my mind!

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Michele said...

I think it is gorgeous and unique. It is the perfect size for lots of things and just keeping it nearby to lay the baby on to wiggle around. If I received it, I would be over the moon. I love it...I haven't been around in awhile...I think the last time I checked in you were starting this...it's beautiful

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zibibbo said...

Pretty!! So lovely and I think it's a great size. One thing I had to make after the fact was a little blankie that could be used to cover Kiddo up in her car seat. As the others have said, indeed your colorsense is incredible. Complimenti!!

Jackie said...

It is PERFECT!! I love the colors. The size is great, too - just right for a little one to snuggle up with at night. My youngest uses his baby blanket like you would imagine someone using a teddy bear - that's how I see your blanket as the baby gets older!

Lissa said...

Lovely. Perfect for snuggling.

Anonymous said...

I have never commented on your blog either, but that is adorable....

Lee Anne said...

I just found your blog too for the first time and I have to tell you I LOVE this blanket. Do you mind if I copy the idea???? I have tons of friends expecting and this is just perfect for someone who is too early for me to know what they are having yet. :)

Scoutj said...

I LOVE it!!! Great job!

Judy said...

I love this blanket! I think the size is perfect. I would love to try this blanket.

Iris said...

Just breezing through from the knitty coffeeshop...

I LOVE the blanket! Absolutely beautiful!

PlazaJen said...

I am late on commenting, but that blanket has turned out BEAUTIFULLY, Leslie! I love it! The colors & the size are perfect. Yet another thing I wanna make now....... lol!

Martha said...

I love the blanket. Size and colors are perfect.

Kateri said...

Gorgeous! Just the right size to be a drag-around companion for the next few years.

Lauren said...

the blanket is beautiful! i love those colors--it matches your blog! ;)

Donna Boucher said...

What a wonderful, colorful blanket! You have such good taste!

Donna

Chelle said...

I remember seeing this blanket some time ago on Mason Dixon's blog. But now I don't see the complete instructions. That November 22nd entry is just talking about one lady's picture of it. Can you give me a link to the entry where they talk about how to make it? Thanks, Chelle

Leslie said...

Chelle, the tutorial for making the blanket is found in the February 15, 2004 entry on Mason-Dixon knitting. Have fun!

keohinani said...

that blanket is awesome!!! the color choices & coordination make it just SO attractive! that is one lucky baby. how many balls of each color did you use?

Leslie said...

Keohinani, I used ten colors, one ball of each, and knit until the yarn was gone!

celia said...

The colors look so yummy together. Where can I find the pattern for this blanket? My friend just had a baby girl 7 days ago and I would like to make her something.

Happy Knitting

Gina L said...

My new interest is knitting these long cabin type quilts. How did you like Knit picks SHINE? IF you don't mind me asking what size needles did you use ? Was it worked in single or double strands?
I think the size is perfect for toting around.

Gina L said...

My new interest is knitting these long cabin type quilts. How did you like Knit picks SHINE? IF you don't mind me asking what size needles did you use ? Was it worked in single or double strands?
I think the size is perfect for toting around.

Leslie said...

Celia,the instructions for making the blanket can be found on Mason-Dixon Knitting, February 2004 archives.

Gina, the KnitPicks Shine was wonderful...nice to work with, very soft and worked well. I will say the blanket grew in size, about three inches all around, once I washed it. I used size 4 needles and only knit with a single strand. Hope that helps!

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's an amazing blanket! I love how you have the warms and colds on different sides.

A couple more balls wouldn't hurt. You know you can always block it to make it even bigger.

- MJ