Sunday, February 10, 2008

B is for Basil

I love Edward Gorey's Gashleycrumb Tinies, but that isn't the Basil I'm thinking of.


This Basil is a baby blanket designed by Courtney Kelley of the Smith Island Pattern Factory. I knit this beauty out of Koigu KPPPM. This colorway is so scrumptous I almost unraveled the blanket to make a shawl for myself.

Basil was knit for the brand-new son of one of Muffy's bestfriends. It was a good deal, she handed over the cash, helped pick out Koigu in a color combo I loved, and I got to knit a pattern that interested me. This was my first experience knitting lace with Koigu. The knitting is fabulous, but the blocking really elevated the WOW factor of the blanket. It in no way resembles what the mother thought was a baggy lace beret when I was knitting at the shower.

Want an easy lace knit? Go with this baby! I wish I had taken pictures of the binding...a K1, K2tog row at the fold makes a lovely picot edging. The bind-off is fiddley but takes care of the hemming at the same time as the bind-off. The binding makes an edge with just the right weight...don't skip it!

8 comments:

EmilyG said...

It's GORGEOUS, Lisa! Congrats!

mariss said...

I love your Basil. It's so springy -- you could use it as a fire catcher thingy if people need to jump out of a building!

The parents and baby will love it for years to come. You're such a good big sister to that Muffy ;) hee hee. Muffy...

Perhaps this knitting for your sister will make up for the volleyball game where you harassed her...Haha!

purlewe said...

wow!! a complete treasure!

jenjerpeach said...

i just might make this as a shawl and wear it. or catch people jumping out of buildings around the city of philadelphia like marissa said.

Wendy said...

Fabu! Looking at yours, I'm so sad I didn't do the hem on mine - I'm so sure the baby knew the difference!

Sherry W said...

Fantastical!!! I *so* would have stolen it for a shawl and claimed the moths ate it. :)

Robin said...

Beautiful!

meg said...

I love your Basil, and Gorey's Basil too! What a combination!