Like the new button? And the new name? I’m working on a series of them that will just take you to the list of all posts related to the topic. Some will be just me – the Ginger. Some will be the boy – the Giant. Some will be both – G&G. I can’t say when they’ll be ready – I just don’t know. But I can tell you I’m working on it in my little brain.
So this edition of Ginger Knits – The Beast that was a beauty.
I tend to go in phases. I knit my brains out. Or I don’t. I blog my brains out. Or I don’t. With this blanket it required A LOT of knitting and since babies make their own deadlines – that meant very little blogging while I tried desperately to make progress.
But it was worth it.
The pattern may look a little complicated but it’s an illusion – it’s actually fairly simple – and it turned out beautifully if I do say so myself. I made it with baby bamboo and it is REALLY heavy and will definitely keep the wee one warm in a nice breathable way. But man, did it eat the yarn. This bad boy took me 10 balls. Granted they were mini little 50g balls, but it still took 10 of them and when it was all said and done – I could have easily kept knitting.
Do you know what’s not fun? Knitting a heavy blanket in the summer.
Our Elegant Country friends have had a healthy baby boy. And named him Logan – same as BFF Kristyn’s baby. We are affectionately referring to him as Logan 2.0 (mostly me, and mostly in my head – this should not be taken to mean that the second Logan is an improved version of the first – impossible. They are both adorable and perfection in diapers). Logan 2.0 arrived less than 24 hours after I cast-off. I knew he was waiting for me to finish.
The reaction? Wonderful. I wrapped it up with a book for a card, with a message to baby, mom and dad. And included in the package a 6-pack of freshly baked muffins. When the new Dad opened the bag the first thing he saw was the muffins and he was over the moon. The Boy and I weren’t paying attention so we both thought he was gushing over the blanket. Nope. Muffins. Note to self, bring all new parents something to eat.
He kept digging and was pleasantly surprised.
For the knitters out there – I blocked it to try and make it a bit less squishy – which did help. Let it dry and took it outside to really show it is in fact green not grey.
Logan 2.0 is pretty darn cute. The Boy even held him – though complained bitterly for the rest of the night that his arm had cramped up. That’s the littlest baby he’s held yet – and he’s getting better wouldn’t you agree?
Anyway, enough jabber – here’s that sweet face and some details on a sweet blanket.
The details: Pattern: Treetops Baby Blanket by Darlene Dale
Yarn: Patons Bamboo Baby
Time: Probably about an hour(ish) per stripe = long enough.