Tuesday, June 28, 2011

On the Knitting Needles: Blythe Blanket Almost Done

I'm almost done with the Blythe Baby blanket.  Its off the needles, but now I'm debating how much work I want to do to finish this project.  The blanket is adorable and I loved everything about the pattern, the yarn, and how cute it looks on both sides.  I should take a picture of the back as well.
Amazingly, I didn't really mess up. There are a few blemishes where the yarn was slightly frayed or knotted and I just went ahead and knitted with it instead of cutting and starting over.  I know a professional would have cut, but I was too nervous.

The blanket measures 30 by 30 so perfect for a snuggle blanket for a baby. 

My dilemma is that the edges roll a little.  Both the top/bottom and the sides roll in a little since there is no real edge to the pattern.  My knitting shop wants me to "block" the blanket, with wool wash and pinning to a board to train the yarn not to roll.  It's not something I've ever done, and I'm nervous that the blanket won't be the soft and cuddly lovey it is now if I mess with it.

I've also been told I could crochet around the outside and create a border.  Great idea, except I don't know how to crochet.  I've ruled out fringe on the outside as I think it would distract from the adorable pattern, and be a chocking hazard for the baby.

What to do?  I'm not sure.  I'm leaning towards nothing.  Just wrapping the blanket up and shipping it to my friend.  I don't want her to feel like it has to look perfect every time that little Mikey uses the blanket.  I want her to wash it and feel like he can spit up on it and drool over it without worry. 

We will see which part of "me" wins out the perfectionist who has to follow the rules and blocks it because I'm suppose to or the I just want to shower this baby with love and get this blanket in his cute little hands today.

Let me know your thoughts?  To Block or Not to Block that is the Question.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

HI Jill, I suggest - send it off - it definitely doesn't need anything else - so soft and cuddly - that makes it absolutely perfect for a new baby. I never once looked at a handmade blanket for the girls and noticed anything that could have been done differently, it was just so amazing to have a handmade gift since they are so rare : ) You are a great friend! The blanket looks 'perfect'!!! Love, Kath