Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bloomfield Lace Blanket Wrap

My Bloomfield Lace Blanket Wrap has been finished for some time now.  I knit it as part of the Big Cozy Knit-along with Lara of The Fawn Knits Podcast.


Bloomfield is also another test knit for Tara-Lynn of Good Night, Day.  This was one I'd wanted to knit since the pattern was published.  I just wasn't sure what yarn to use.  She often uses super bulky, thick and thin wool, which looks like art yarn.  That would be my first choice in yarn for most of these projects, but I didn't have time to source the amount I wanted at an affordable price.  I needed to start knitting these patterns asap, so I had to improvise.  For my Mono Toque, I held a strand of plain Cascade Eco together with a beautiful bulky semi-solid from Sweet Georgia.  It gave me the bulk I needed plus an interesting marled color.  I used bulky Wool of the Andes leftovers for the Jarvis Fisherman Toque, with just enough of each yarn to colorblock it.  Then, with the Perth Cardigan, I used an alpaca blend with such a halo, and color, that it might be overwhelming in a full length sweater; however, it worked well, held double, to make a cropped cardigan for wearing over neutrals.
In the same way, I decided to hold a strand of super bulky Bernat roving together with a strand of worsted Plymouth Galway Heathers for this wrap.  The fact that the two are not quite the same shade of grey adds a little color depth, while the combo adds heft to the finished wrap.




I know I'm not alone when I say that bulky yarn is extreme comfort knitting.  Other participants in The Big Cozy KAL agree.  I was pleased to see that this pattern requires mega needles.  I love giant knitting needles.  I had some wooden ones that I made, but they got too heavy for my shoulders and wrists, so I switched to those great, big plastic ones that every beginning knitter seems to have.  That was fun.


I still haven't blocked this one, so it's not quite the length I want.  It springs back when I stretch it to put it on.  I know, from experience, that both yarns will relax when washed, though.



 Altogether, the Good Night, Day patterns have given me four finished knits for that KAL.  Not bad.

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