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Chalice blanket

Pattern: Baby Chalice Blanket
Yarn: Universal Yarn Soleil - 3 varieties with solid natural background and different-colored flecks
Needle: US 7

I made this in about a month for Joe's soon-to-be-born son. There was a shower on Sunday, but I wasn't able to go. The pattern for this is simple but looks complicated; there's a chart if you prefer those over written directions. It's only my second knit lace project, so I got the hang of it quickly. It really is much simpler than it looks. One reason I love making blankets is that often, they're just repeats of one simple pattern. The repetitiveness is something I enjoy, and this one fit that bill perfectly.

At a stressful time in my life, the attention this pattern required helped me to focus on something besides the enormous check I just wrote, moving out, getting married and the myriad little things that go along with it all. So during some big changes in my own life, I made something to help Joe and his wife celebrate a life-changing event in theirs. I haven't heard anything back from him yet, so I'm not sure if the gift has been opened. I hope they like it and can use it.

I'm already considering making a similar blanket for Jess, whose baby is due in November. I have the same yarn left over in about the same quantity, and I have a leaf lace pattern in mind already.