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So, now that our new niece, Cora, has arrived and the gifts have been given, I can share them with the rest of the world…

Cora’s Blanket & Sweater

  • Patterns: Cradle Me (blanket) and Inky Dinky (jacket) by Anne Hanson
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK, color #233 (lavender)
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm) & U.S. 6 (4.0mm) for Cradle Me; U.S. 3 (3.25mm) & U.S. 4 (3.5mm) for Inky Dinky
  • Cradle Me started February 9, finished April 6, 2011; Inky Dinky started April 7, finished April 19, 2011
  • Links to my Ravelry project pages: Cradle Me, Inky Dinky (login required)

Of course, any time there is a new baby arriving in the family, I’m going to be making something. Traditionally, I’ve made handwoven baby blankets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a space to set up my loom right now with all the remodeling going on in our house — it’s still folded up under a blanket in the unfinished dining room. So this time, I opted for knitting. These patterns by Anne Hanson feature a matching lace motif. The jacket pattern offers a wide range of sizes and also includes a matching hat, which I did not make. The blanket was a very easy knit — obviously, since there’s no construction, just a big square. And the jacket was surprisingly easy, too; it’s knit in one piece from the bottom up to the armpits, then the sleeves are knitted separately and joined to knit the yoke in the round.


Inky Dinky, a closer view

And a Mother’s Day gift…

Finishing things up seems to happen in threes. Here’s the third item — a scarf I started last fall which became a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. It’s a circular scarf that can be worn as-is and longer, or doubled up as a cowl. Heck, you can even double it up and have half around your neck and the other half over your head if it’s cold. Mom doesn’t like things up close to her neck so much, so she’ll probably be wearing it long most of the time. This is my own design which was “homework” for work — it was included in a sheet of free patterns that Patternworks sent out with the purchase of certain limited-edition yarns (which are sold out now, unfortunately).

Circular Scarf for Mom

  • Pattern: my own unnamed design
  • Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom, Surf colorway
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm)
  • Started September 4, 2010; finished April 19, 2011
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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So I finished this one over a month ago… but decided to hold off adding it to the blog until I could get a photo “in context”. (That is, in my parents’ living room.)

Log Cabin Blanket (and Furry Little Brother)

  • Pattern: How to Log Cabin from Mason-Dixon Knitting
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Navy, Chocolate, Walnut and Baby Denim
  • Needles: U.S. 7 (4.5mm) — started off with a 24″ circular and quickly switched to a 60″ circular when it got too big for the 24″ needle
  • Started 12/4/09, finished 4/26/10 (delivered 6/3/10)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had no clue how much yarn I was going to need, so I started off with 4 balls each of the two browns and the navy blue, and 2 balls of the light blue. I ended up needing more than that; I bought two more balls of each color, and still had to cut short my outermost stripes of light brown and light blue. Decent amount of navy blue and dark brown leftover, though. By the end, I was just glad to be done with all that garter stitch! Here’s a shot of it spread out on my bed (queen size) so you can get an idea of scale and see the overall pattern a little better.

It very nearly covers an entire queen-size mattress.

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