The award for my first FO of 2008 goes to my MIL’s Hemlock Ring Blanket (though it’s more of a shawl/wrap/lapghan). Without further ado, let’s move on to the stats.
I don’t need to say it, because most of you already know that these instructions came from Brooklyn Tweed’s blog. I used three skeins of Cascade 220 Wool in a swampy green color. Instead of the purposed US 10 needles, I used US 6 for the center motif, switched to US 7 for first three repeats of feather and fan, and finally changed to US 8 for the remainder of the pattern. I wanted the fabric to be a bit more dense, therefore the needle substitutes. After blocking, the piece measured about 38 inches across.
Did I like the pattern and process? Yes, very much indeed. The bind off particularly made for a lovely (if not lengthy) finish. Like I stated before, this is more of a wrap and looks classic when tossed precariously over the shoulders. I intend on making another (but not today) for our house and of the blanket persuasion.
2008’s second place FO will be seen, in all of its glory, late next week. I can’t say that I’m dying to get it complete as the weather here has been chilly, breezy, and gray. Perhaps a bit of purple can melt this chilly disposition.