I started Macey's blanket. The gauge swatch, to the left, has three different stitch patterns in it so I could see which one I liked best. "A" is basketweave; "B" is a diamond pattern which is almost invisible in this yarn; and "C" is Double Basket pattern. All three are from Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I liked "A", Basketweave, because the little pastel flecks show nicely.
The color isn't exactly true here. The yarn is a lavender with bright accents.
With gauge swatch in hand I did the calculations for how much yarn I would need to do a blanket approximately 30 X 40 inches. It works out to 10 balls, and I only had 4. Oh, darn... another trip to the yarn store :-) I was lucky and picked up 5 more and kept one in reserve at the store.
Since I wanted to rest my shoulder anyway, I spent much of the day knitting. Here's the result:
Macey is a baby girl who is due in October, daughter of Kim who is my hair cutter. I was scheduled to have a haircut today, but it was canceled because Kim is having contractions (Macey is 31 weeks old). I hope Macey waits until October; otherwise the blanket won't be done in time and the weather would be too warm even if the blanket were done.