Finally, an FO to show! I actually finished this almost a month ago but kept forgetting to bring it to work with me to mail it off and I didn't want to post until I'd sent it out. Now that Gleek has received the blanket (and even put her own awesome picture of it in her Flickr stream) it's finally time for the FO post.
And when I say finally, I really mean "FINALLY!" I started this blanket is the summer of 2007 folks! 3 years ago. Why the heck did I let it languish for so long almost finished? I totally love it! I always liked this pattern from the beginning, but initially I refused to even consider making it because of all those damn ends that need to be sewn in, never mind all the seaming involved. At the time I was still working at String and, as a side effect of working in a LYS, I was thinking of all projects in terms of how much work they would be to support the customer as the most important factor in any design . . . and this project is probably the ultimate bad project in those terms. When I think of it now, this is a perfect example of how working in a knitting store corrupted my love for knitting/crochet: instead of seeing a gorgeous, unique design, all I could see was how much of a pain it would be to support someone who was making this. Isn't that sad?
Anyway, what changed my mind way back then was that one of my favorite customers started making the blanket using her scrap Koigu stash and she showed me the cute squares in person. They were adorable, but I still didn't even want to THINK about all those ends . . . and yet I couldn't stop thinking about the blanket itself. I kept stalking Babettes online and thinking about color combos. Then one day at work I pulled out that awesome shade of bright pink Filatura di Crosa, a color that has been calling my name since it arrived, and started putting a color palette together. The next thing I knew I had started the blanket, and in one day I made the first 3 sections. My custofriend (I think I made up that term, but I may have stolen it from someone, forgive me if that someone was you), Emily, the one who had brought her own Koigu Babette in, gave me a hard time and made fun of me for starting after all my kvetching, and with good reason. I'm pretty sure I thanked her for pushing me over the edge to make this, but if I didn't: Thank you Emily! If it weren't for you I probably would never have started this pattern!
And it's obvious how much I love it since I'm making a second one right now . . .
Pattern: Babette Blanket, originally in Spring '06 Interweave Crochet, now available as a single pattern here
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zara
Hook: size D
Started: July 2007 (OMG!)
Finished: April 2010