I have a confession to make: every single time I give someone a handmade gift, I'm nervous. What if they don't like it? It's not like they can return it to a store. With this particular project, I'm even more nervous than usual because I don't know the recipients all that well. I probably wouldn't have even attempted a handmade item in this case but Tim (who has known one of them forever) kept saying that it was a perfect idea for this couple.
Without further ado, here's the finished throw that I've been working on for the last couple of weeks:
Pattern: Totally Autumn by Anne Hanson (knitspot), free from Knitty
Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in Oceanos (variegated blues)
Needles: #10 Addi Naturas
Started: 13 September 2008
Finished: 28 September 2008
Modifications: nothing other than yarn selection
I think the variegated yarn makes it insanely difficult to get a good photo of this throw. The lace pattern does show up really nicely in real life, but I feel like it's obscured in photos. Here's a close up that might show off the pattern a bit more:
Other than having a hard time getting a good photo, I have no complaints about this pattern or the FO. The pattern, as with all of Anne's patterns, was well-written and clear. I've discovered that I really enjoy doing lace patterns in heavier weight yarns - this retains the challenge of lace but keeps the project moving along at a brisker pace. This particular lace pattern was easy enough to work on while watching TV or talking to people.
The blanket is so soft and snuggly, it's hard to give away! This is my first time using Malabrigo chunky and it's certainly every bit as warm, soft, and smooshy as Malabrigo worsted. One minor complaint about the yarn is that it felt to me like it had a lot of breaks and knots, certainly more than the worsted version. While this didn't cause major difficulty, it was a little irritating at points. Super snuggly:
I also found these cute tags on etsy, perfect for with knit gifts:
Back side of the tags on flickr.
And one final photo, the required "sort of like the pattern photo":