Thursday, May 3, 2012

A Pound of Love Goes a Long Way

A friend of mine asked me to knit a baby blanket for her to give to a friend. Apparently I didn't take a picture of it when it was finished, but you can easily extrapolate the rest of the border in your mind.

Baby Tree of Life Throw (mine ravelled here)
knit in Lion Brand's Pound of Love in Antique White

It called for acrylic yarn, and that's what I used. I know that the parents are going to want to throw it in the washer and dryer, and I know that the baby will do all sorts of unspeakable things to this blanket, but it was still hard for me to knit in something I knew I wouldn't be able to block. I have gotten used to being able to force knitwear to submit to my will.

Still, it's a beautiful pattern, and I really like the way it turned out. My only complaint is a mistake I made myself: I didn't knit the same number of leaves along each side. The left side pulls a bit at the top corner, and it wouldn't pull if I had knit more leaves on that side. I keep reminding myself that it will be pooped on. The baby won't care.

I had plenty of yarn left over and a car trip planned, so this happened:

 Lillie Baby Cardigan (mine ravelled here
knit in Lion Brand's Pound of Love in Antique White

How cute is that sweater? I'm mentally tagging this pattern as my go-to baby sweater. It was quick and easy to knit, and I think the end result is adorable. The pattern is written for long sleeves, but the baby is due in June and will probably get more use out of a short-sleeved version. 

I used buttons I had left over from the Talamh.

Besides being able to knit for someone who really does appreciate it, do you know what the best part is?

My friend is going to pay me in yarn.


  1. Wow! You are a really nice friend! :) The blanket is amazing and the sweater is super cute!
    ps. I'm now sending links to your blogs about being an introvert to friends. :)

  2. Bonnie! I love that blanket to pieces and now want one for myself. I always have acrylic yarn on hand for moments exactly like these! That sweater . . . so adorable.

  3. I'm drooling over both of those masterpieces, particularly the blanket. Gorgeous!