The Life and Projects of An Avid Hobbyist

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Blankie for (Another) Baby

For several years I lived just outside Boston as I worked on my doctorate in social policy (no, I don't talk about it). During part of that time, I lived with Lea. While we began simply as roommates, we quickly became friends. Our mutual dislike of most things Boston strengthened the bond between us. I don't get to see her often so we keep up through email and occasional phone calls.

I was pleased to pieces to find out that she was expecting her first child at the end of summer 2009. As is often the case when my friend's become preggers, I searched my knitting books to find the "perfect" pattern. Lea's full name is often mispronounced as "uh-zeyl-yuh" (like the flower) so when I saw this pattern I knew it would be perfect. Lea also likes bright (often mis-matched) colors so I had to pick something bold.

Lastly, most of Lea's work is international, splitting her time between, Haiti, Rwanda and South Africa so I wanted something durable and something that could withstand multiple laundering applications.

I recently met up with her whilst in Boston on a business trip to give it to her...she loved it!

At the Boston Sheraton

Stitch definition close up.

Crochet bound off edging.

Project Specs

Pattern: Azalea by Marianne Kinzel in the First Book of Modern Lace Knitting

Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in Golden Experience purchased here.

Time on the Needles: March 5th - May 25th.

Comments: There were several fits and starts because I had a hard time understanding the vague pattern instructions of yesteryear. While I loved knitting this doily on worsted weight yarn and I love semi-solid yarns, I wish I had played closer attention to the variation in the veiled dyed yarn. In some parts it makes what looks like rings that I think are distractions to the pattern.


paula, the quilter said...

That is lovely. It could double for a shawl later on, couldn't it?

CrazyFiberLady said...

The blankie is absolutely beautiful!

Donna Lee said...

it's gorgeous. I think the colors of the yarn don't detract at all. And that color is wonderful. I never thought of a lace shawl/blanket for a baby. What a clever thought.

Ina said...

Azalea is lovely. I kinda like the rings. Marianne Kinzel was an early pioneer of charts -- I find it just takes a little head adjustment, then all is well.

Jackie said...

It's gorgeous and looks so soft in the photograph! The color of the yarn shows off the pattern well.

Kyra said...

This is so lovely! Is that pattern similar to the pineapple?