I am officially down to only needing to knit two more baby blankets this year (fingers crossed). But I think the Purl Soho Fluffy Brioche Baby Blanket might be my go to pattern for 2016. I cast on 60 stitches on size 15 needles and can finish this big squishy blanket in 3 days. I got some leftover yarn from the last two blankets and I may do a mismatched yarn version just for Cher to wrap up in on the couch. Napping is her favorite hobby.
My girlfriend didn’t have a color palette when we discussed blankets before and just said, “come up with something you like.” Well okay then. I decided on a lovely deep teal of the Bernat Softee Chunky that was really a twist yarn of turquoise and a brick red and since I kept seeing pops of red peaking out I decided to add a block of red to the top when I was getting close to finishing. It just gave it a nice finish to the blanket.
Can we talk about how much of a lifesaver this jumbo ball of yarn was?! Mind you, I took this picture halfway through the blanket – so it was bigger! No weaving in ends or trying to figure out how to make adding a ball of yarn seamless. Overall I’m pretty pleased and now I just have to finish up my Teazel cardigan before I move on to another project. I’m down to knitting the hem on the body so it will just be the decorative band and sleeves left! Perhaps by Sunday evening I’ll be ready to block that baby.
Oh and can I just mention how I made my own stamps for gift tags? I recently picked up the Silhouette Mint stamp making kit on Amazon (it’s way cheaper than if you get it at Joann’s or Michael’s) because I’ve been toying with the idea of having a custom stamp made. Now I can actually make as many stamps as I want and change things up whenever I feel like it! I didn’t take a picture of it but the back of the tag I stamped with washing instructions. I made a basic template so I could just check off what applies for washing instructions on an individual knit gift. Love it! I’m kicking myself for not thinking of getting this sooner! And also trying to stop myself from just buying the full on Silhouette machine so I can cut and make all kinds of random crafty things. Anybody else have one?Man, I’m a crafting nerd.