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This is not the best day for pictures, but I am too excited not to share. Now, I am certainly not complaining about the weather. It is a balmy 63 degrees but overcast - the opposite of a week ago and I am happy to shed the parka while I can.

I have finally finished Lucy's blanket. I cast on in July after finishing and shipping Jody's shawl.

The pattern is one found in this novel.

I had borrowed the book from my mother, but after returning it the Baby Blocks pattern inserted at the end of the novel stuck with me. When we found out we were expecting a grandchild in August, I knew exactly what I wanted to make her. I purchased the companion book of patterns to The Shop on Blossom Street, published by Leisure Arts. It is a beautiful book with wonderful photographs and several patterns that inspire. I will likely find myself using the book again.

I love the beautiful soft pink of the sample blanket.

I was not able to find just the right color pink; however, I did find a pretty, soft variegated pink at my LYS. The pattern might have looked better, more like I desired, with a solid, but this yarn turned my head and I am pleased with the results.

I was looking for an easy care yarn and was surprised to find this 50% nylon, 50% acrylic blend. Fantasy, by Dark Horse Yarns, was surprisingly wonderful to work with. It is everything you do not expect from a synthetic yarn. This high quality yarn has a soft hand. Fantasy was easy and fast to knit as it glided easily through my hands. The drape is beautiful and even though the blanket is substantial, it is not heavy.

A 100 gram ball equals 205 yards. The stitch gauge is 4/5 stitches to the inch on #8 needles. Fantasy is easy care machine wash and dry. It worked up beautifully.

The stitch definition is what I would expect of a natural fiber.

Like with all larger projects, I will miss Lucy's blanket in my project bag. The yarn was delightful, the anticipation of gifting wonderful, and this pretty blanket was a near constant companion for six months. It has been to Kansas City for MOKA and many cheer practices. I worked under the Summer sun at Dan's softball games and even knitted the time away before WTT matches.
The next project is for myself and waiting in the wings. Here is my yarn. Can you hear it call, "knit me, knit me, knit me." I respond, "be right there."

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Comment by Knit4Many on February 5, 2010 at 3:55pm
Very petty!! There sure seems to be a baby knitting trend this winter.
Comment by Amy Green on February 5, 2010 at 3:17pm
Very nice!! I actually downloaded this same book yesterday to my Ipod. I thought about knitting this blanket and still may, though no babies are in my future, nor any family or friends. I love the yarn in the last picture and I can completely hear the "knit me! knit me!" lol
Comment by Bonnie on February 5, 2010 at 8:28am
I also enjoyed your post. The blanket is lovely. These days I'm immersed in knitting everything baby too, for a grandbaby due in March.
Comment by greencliff on February 4, 2010 at 8:09pm
Kelly - You did a fabulous job on the baby blanket. I am delighted that you shared this because just yesterday I got news of a pending baby girl that I would love to knit something up for. I found your link to the site where you could print out the pattern....thank you, that is a big help. And you know, I think your variegated pink and white is very charming...more so than if it were a solid color.
The yarn for your next project looks like Noro? Is it the lighter weight Noro for socks? I would love to know what you have in mind for those skeins....they are quite pretty.
Thanks for sharing, Maureen
Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 4, 2010 at 5:14pm
I thought that pattern looked familiar! I loved Debbie Macomber's Blossom Street novels, and your blanket turned out great! --P

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