Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hemlock Ring Blanket is Done!

For your approval, Dad's Hemlock Ring Blanket!
Here's a "before" shot - 37" across and pitiful...

And "after" at 55" across. "My, how you've grown!" (My bed is a queen, no Brooklyntweed coffee mug for perspective so a magnetic pin cushion will have to do.)

For those of you who groove on closeups:

Lounging on the chaise under the pergola, two days after blocking, it has gotten some of the peaks and valleys back into the Fan and Feather pattern.

I used Cascade Eco Wool in Latte, just like Jared's, because I wanted one just like his! I got good stitch definition using #9 circs. I started on size 8 dpns and graduated to 16" then 36" Clover bamboos. This project would be perfect for Denise or Knitpicks Options, because of the ever growing circle. There's a very good KAL over on Yahoo where people have added lots of interesting points of view. Check it out if you plan on making this. I basically just stuck with Jared's formula, and added two extra repeats. If I had to do it again, I'd add two more.

I'm giving this blanket to Dad. I think he'll like it. It's a little fru-fru for him, being a Marine and all, but the color is masculine. He'll put it over his lap when he sits in his Lazy Boy. He's feeling crappy these days. He's in the advanced stages of various cancers. I knit this fast because I'm not sure how long I'll have him.


Miss Knotty said...

gorgeous!!! I love it!

Miss Knotty from the KAL list. I have GOT to get started on mine! Soon, soon! :)

Lisa said...

It's gorgeous! Your dad will love and appreciate it probably more than you will know. Men are like that ya know.
Maybe my first one will go to my dad,too. Good idea.

Angie said...

Donna that is beautiful and I am SURE your dad is going to love it because you made it for him.

Nikki said...

Wow, beautiful. And I love the feel of EcoWool. How many hanks did it take?

CanarySanctuary said...

Wow, that is absolutely gorgeous! I need one for me too :)