Finally presenting the last of my Christmas crafty gifts: the hemlock ring blanket for my sister Kathy.
I originally ordered the yarn for the hemlock ring blanket to make one for myself. I wasn't even planning on doing any Christmas gift crafting this year (other than Tim's scarf) but the more I thought about it, the more I thought the hemlock ring blanket was perfect for Kathy. She's building a new house (hooray!) which will hopefully be finished this spring and so this is kind of a combo Christmas/housewarming gift.
Well... in point of fact, I was originally just going to give this as a housewarming gift, but once I got started I realized if I waited until April/May to gift it, there was a good chance it wasn't going to leave my house because I'd want to keep it :) So Christmas gift it is!
Pattern: Hemlock Ring blanket
Yarn: Cascade Ecological Wool in light beige
Needles: #10 DPNs and circular needles in multiple lengths
Started: December 2007
Finished: December 2007
Will I make this again? Yeah, I'm pretty sure :)
I've never worked with the Cascade Eco Wool before, it's a very interesting yarn. It has a certain sturdy quality about it, something that says it will last for a good long while. On blocking, it went from being a bit scratchy to really blooming and being quite nice and soft.
The project as a whole is a reasonably fast knit. Once you get past the center section (the first 40-50 rows or so), it gets quite easy - just a standard feather & fan pattern but with increases. Here's what that center section looks like:
I could have knit this even faster, but I had to pause once or twice to pick up longer circular needles. This project is enough to convince anyone who thinks they don't need an interchangeable needle set (ie me) that they really do :)
My only modification to the pattern was to add an extra repeat of the feather & fan pattern, making the blanket just a tiny bit larger. I probably had enough yarn to do more repeats, but I wasn't positive and I didn't want to risk it. I failed to measure the diameter before I sent it off to Kathy, but just guessing from how it fit on the futon during blocking, I think the diameter was around 52".
I couldn't resist an action shoot with the blanket (see? it almost didn't make it out of the house!) so here I am sitting on the front porch drinking some hot cocoa.
It sounded like Kathy liked the blanket, I hope she gets lots of use out of it in her new house. I had a lot of fun knitting it and now I just need to find some time to make a second one for our house!
Thanks to Tim for taking lots and lots of photos of the blanket for me.