May 20, 2011

If it's Friday, it must be...

Swatch: Stash Day
Revisiting Norfolk Shells 

I've been steadily working on my first commission, and I'm happy to report that it's coming along nicely.  After I finished this swatch two weeks ago, I grabbed my notes and pattern and headed to my LYS where I consulted with the very helpful Bridget. 

(Caron Simply Soft)

I'll confess that I practically handled every machine-washable yarn in the store, but it was a great way to get to know yarns that I tend to overlook when I'm at the shop.  While I was very tempted to use some beautiful all wool yarns in Cascade or Malabrigo, I think it's kind of mean to have a new mom or dad handwash their baby blanket -- don't you agree? I eventually settled on Berocco Vintage.  I know, I know ... I just seem to keep returning to this yarn for my projects.  In all seriousness, I was determined to get something that I've not used before but Berocco Vintage has all the characteristics I'm looking for.  Color, weight, washability (is that a word?), and yardage. 

(Dewberry and Blush)

I know for a fact that Natalie loves the color choice and I'm really pleased (and relieved!) that the afghan is turning out so nicely.  I had my concerns -- this is a complex pattern that requires my full attention.   It is a repeat of rows 3 - 6, each of which has a different set of stitches and count.  But I'm now in the groove and this sweet gift is almost half-way completed.

(when I started to get my groove)


  1. It's coming along beautifully!! Lucky baby girl!

  2. Awww, thank you!

    It looks gorgeous!

  3. I'm loving it! I am smiling inside and out. I can't thank you enough for saying "yes" to doing this.

  4. That is absolutely gorgeous! Excellent job. How could she not love it?

  5. Beautiful colors and the pattern is just as nice. And yes, new parents do not have the time to "hand wash." Good choice in yarn and colors!