Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket, Brooklyn Tweed
Yarn: Cascade Eco+ 1.5 hanks
Needles: Knitpicks Options Harmony, #10
Dates: March 1, 2008 – April 12, 2008
I really enjoyed making this. It had the perfect mix of interesting pattern rounds and mindless plain rounds. I did the whole chart, so mine is bigger than most. The bind off took forever, but I think it looks neat and it was worth it. The only problem was maneuvering the huge number of stitches around the needle. It was especially difficult because the rippled edge caused the stitches to exert some pressure on the cable. I killed two Options cables trying to get the stitches around.
Once again, I am amazed at the miracle of blocking lace. Here it is, fresh off the needles. I can’t decide if this is “slime mold phase” or “dog’s breakfast phase” but either way it’s ugly. My shoe is in the frame for scale.
But then I blocked it, and the beautiful pattern revealed itself.
While this pattern was fun, it wasn’t really “bloggable.” First of all, it was a surprise, and the recipient checks the blog every so often. So even if she wouldn’t have known it was for her, I felt a little weird talking about it publicly. I can talk about it now because the package is with some trusted couriers who have probably already given it to the recipient. (Hopefully they took pictures when they delivered it.) Secondly, it was a boring project to write about. The one post I did about it was the only one in recent memory that went six days without a single comment. (No, I wasn’t offended 😉 ). But seriously, there wasn’t much to look at and there wasn’t much to say. It was a fun, relatively easy project that didn’t look like anything special until the very end. But now that I’m done, I’ll say this: its popularity is well-deserved and I highly recommend it.