Knitting for the soul

Such a clich̩, I know, but there it is. Every knitter/artist/maker-of-things has a certain type of project that they find particularly fulfilling, or satisfying Рa project that is soothing to the soul, if your soul should find itself in need of solace.

Today is such a day for me. The sun is shining in Vancouver today, which is making my down-in-the-dumping even dumpier, because I have such a feral case of PMS that not even the light through my back windows can penetrate the gloom. Boooo.

Luckily though, on the ironing board in my workroom, patiently waiting was this:


A baby blanket, all finished, but for the blocking and beribboning. We have friends expecting their first (a girl, how did you guess?) at the end of the month, and I was in the mood for a crocheted blanket when I was deciding what to send them. It was the perfect thing to focus on today. Of everything I make, I get the most pleasure out of making things for babies – especially new ones. I know a lot of knitters who just need knitting – any knitting – to get them through their rough spots, and I guess that’s true for me to a certain extent. But there’s something that extra little bit buoying about making something for a brand new person. I’m not sure if I felt exactly this way before I was a mother myself, but now it’s like my knitterly dose of Zoloft.

The pattern is the Tiramisu Baby Blanket by Alicia Paulson, available for free on Ravelry. I’m going to secure the ribbon by sewing it in at intervals – this will make it easier to wash I think without letting the ribbon become bedraggled, and remove the danger of the ribbon coming loose and presenting a strangling hazard (heaven forbid, though I think I’ll still be suggesting that she not sleep with it unattended until she’s much older and the ribbon’s been removed).

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  1. Posted November 3, 2013 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Hi there, I just wanted to say that I love your work and your blog, which I just stumbled upon this morning. I do have a question: With the Tiramisu blanket which you used double crochet throughout, does this change the size of the finished product? How large was yours in the end? Thank you!

    • Alexis
      Posted November 3, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

      Hi Andrea, thanks a lot!
      I didn’t actually use double crochet in my blanket – the difference you’re seeing is probably due to the fact that I used a light-worsted (3) weight yarn (Bernat Softee Baby) rather than a worsted (4) weight, with the same size hook called for in the pattern. The fabric ended up less dense than the pattern intended, and I guess it does look less tightly-packed as a result. I honestly didn’t measure the blanket, but it seemed a nice size, not out of the realm of what I was expecting from the pattern. Hope this is helpful!

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