Baby blanket #2 finished!

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Baby blanket #2 off the needles! The pattern is by Jared Flood at Brooklyn Tweed and it's a very clever design.

This is a smaller sized blanket, more like the type you'd use in the stroller or car seat. I used a little thicker yarn, Plymouth Encore, so it's a wash and dry blanket that should be durable and practical.

On to baby blanket #3! I'm trying to reduce  my stash, and found 10 skeins of lovely Cork yarn in grey and a soft blue.

However, Cork is a merino wool, which is not wash and wear. Hand wash and flat dry, or dry clean only.

Now, I don't have any experience with caring for a tiny human on a daily basis, but I'm guessing that making a baby blanket that has to be hand washed or dry cleaned isn't a very bright idea. And surely not in our house, where the pile of clothes that need to be hand washed live in a heap on the laundry room table, tossed aside just because they were worn and I'm too lazy to wash them. (They give me the evil eye every time I go into the laundry room.)

Do I really think I'd have time or energy to handwash a baby blanket once the kiddo comes home?

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The practical voice in my head says "of course not you idiot." But the fabric-lovin'-yarn-snob in me is saying "that blanket would be sooo beautiful."

I'll let ya know which voice in my head wins that argument.


  1. wow, this is amazing!!! so gorgeous! i say, use the gorgeous wool and save as it throw for the rocking chair or chair in the baby's room. :) can't wait to see it!

  2. very pretty!
    I'm with you on the hand washing. It all sits in a pile and scowls at me!

  3. gorgeous! i wish i were a better knitter...
    and um... many a "handwash only" item has become a "cold delicate" machine item in this house. if something can't survive the dishwasher or the washing machine, it either learns, or it goes!

  4. Beautiful!
    The hand washing stuff at our house stares at me, then it FINALLY gets washed and sits in the closet a long time before I decide to wear it again. ;)

  5. Hand-washing items definitely won't be practical...but that doesn't mean you can't make a completely impractical, but oh-so-lovely blanket to put on a rocking chair or something to serve as a reminder of this time in your life when you were anxiously awaiting becoming a mom.

  6. That is a nice blanket. I always wanted to make one for my boys while I was pregnant. But I think I'm going to go for a quilt. But your blanket looks good, nice work.

  7. you are just like me! Laundry is always there, so I figure it can just wait;) Your blanket is gorgeous!!!!


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