The Baby Chalice Blanket is finally done. I know I only started it a month ago but it has taken far longer than it really should have. I started this blanket with two balls of yarn. I had looked through the other projects on Ravelry and it seemed like it would be enough to make a decent sized blanket. However, I ran out of yarn with two and a half pattern repeats to go. It didn't seem like too big of a deal since I had asked Adam when our friends' baby was due (who this is for). He assured me in July so I thought I had more than enough time to finish. This running-out-of-yarn-double-checking-due-date was on the 13th of June. On the 16th I received an email saying that little baby Henry decided to come a month early! Baby and mom are fine, but the blanket was so not ready (please don't think less of me just because that was my initial reaction).
I started emailing people on Ravelry with the same color of yarn (no time to worry about dye lots!) and was hoping for a quick reply. (If you're wondering why I didn't check the yarn shop, I did. I had purchased the last two balls of that color.) I finally contacted a woman in Ohio who was willing to sell me the yarn. I explained to her my quick need for the yarn and she heads to the post office that evening so it will ship out Saturday morning. Now I wait. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday all pass by with no yarn. I start to wonder where in the depths of Ohio this yarn is coming from? Finally on Friday it arrives... from Cincinnati. It seriously took a week to make a four hour trip from Cincinnati.
Either way, it showed up and I hit the needles running. Now it's all washed and ready to head out to Virginia tomorrow. This is such a lovely pattern and I really hope they like it. It's not an easy pattern to commit to memory (hello, 20 row repeat) so I had to carry my pattern with me everywhere. I cast on 103 stitches (instead of 83) and did ten repeats of the pattern. After blocking it grew to 31"x40". If I were to do this again, I'd probably use smaller needles to achieve a denser fabric since after blocking the lace really opened up.
Overall, I think it's a beauty and the color just makes me so happy (Summer Sky Heather, what's not to love about that?).
Pattern: Baby Chalice Blanket by Lykkefanten (free!)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in color #1910 Summer Sky Heather, 3 skeins
Needles: #9, 5.5mm
Began: May 22
Completed: June 25