One of my friends is expecting, and like any good knitter that means, well, knitting. In this case I made this blanket out of Cascade Luna and Cascade Luna Paints, 100% machine washable cotton yarns. Gotta make sure that hand knits aren't too much trouble for new parents after all.
Now, I will be the first to say that I'm not nice. I can act nice, but we as a group like to play games like Cards Against Humanity or its gentler cousin, Apples to Apples. Now, Apples to Apples has been around for a while, and does have a range of card, umm, qualities. It is as easy in this game to be amazing and uplifting as it is to be horribly mean or snarky.
An example of this is from around when I first met my husband. The green (description) card was Tempermental. Everyone put in their red (thing) cards, and I was judging. Well, one of the cards was the judge. It's true and the card one, but in a less friendly atmosphere that could have been hurtful.
Well, Cards Against Humanity dispenses with the need to be nice. While there are nice cards in there (Puppies!), many of the cards are either like the ones you see here or really nasty things about Glenn Beck.
But card games aside, I was kind of late on this blanket. I had this idea that I was going to make a sweater. It was going to be awesome. I was going to design it and it was going to involve some of the parents favorite things and it was going to be a nod to a different friend's t-shirt. All sorts of crazy stuff. But I was knitting other things in December and the month came and went without designing anything. Whoops. Then it was mid-January and I remembered I wanted to make something. And that I wanted it to be unisex.
The Easy Honeycomb Stroller Blanket is definitely an easy blanket to make. It is only one color per row no matter how crazy pants it looks. But the pattern has a flaw.
A huge needle flaw. It suggests that you use a US 10 with a DK weight yarn. Pretty much no one on Ravelry had used that yarn/needle combo, so I picked what worked for me. A size 5 needle and a light worsted yarn.
I used two solid colors, a sunny limey yellow and black, and two variegated colors, a green mix and a blue mix. The blanket took just around 2 weeks to make including weaving in ends, tossing the normal blanket edging for just a wide garter stitch band, and blocking it. This blanket is nicely flexible with many people using different stitch counts, and interesting color patterns, especially some awesome ombre patterns. If I had an unlimited source of money to buy all the yarns it would have taken, I would have done this all rainbow colored. Maybe I'll get another opportunity.
Of course, after finishing this I have mostly taken a break from knitting for the last two weeks in favor of reading books and doing some cross-stitch. Though I did put a partial sock into my bag this week, so maybe the knitting drought is finally over again.