It's been a busy time here - as evidenced by how quiet it's been on the blog (and you know, once again posting the day after I intended to post!). We'll save the discussion of being too busy working for others to work on your own projects for another day!
But even though I haven't been blogging, I've been knitting. And there's the rub, right? When you've got just enough energy at the end of the day to do one thing, would you choose your own blog, or a bit of knitting time?
Lately my choice as been the latter and I've been busting a groove for most of February on this blanket - mainly because my mom has been visiting and on my case. She agreed to take it back to Canada for me so that she could get it into my friend's hands before her new baby arrives this spring.
The pattern is the Munchkin Blanket by AmySwenson. My Ravelry notes are here.I've had this pattern in my favourites on Ravelry for a while but hadn't matched it up with the yarn. When Lisa told me she was expecting, and even before they found out what they were having, I thought this yarn would make a great baby blanket - nice a light for the spring and summer, and gender neutral to boot, which is always my preference.
I love the filters on Ravelry when you're doing a pattern search and that you can check for things from your favourites. The minute I saw this blanket I thought of this yarn in stash (or clever Ravelry might have suggested it from my stash) and how great the colour combo would look all together.
Reading the project notes from knitters who had already knit the pattern helped too and I made the modification that many others have to not have any colour changes from the stripes show on the right side. This resulted in a little channel in the ridges on the edge of the first quarter, but garter stitch is so forgiving that you don't even really notice it's there.
All in all, a pleasing, comfortable knit - especially with the colour changes of the stripes to keep things interesting. The only thing is that didn't use up as much of the stash yarn as I thought it would. Any suggestions on what to do with the leftovers now? I'm open to pattern suggestions!