Remember the "big things that are happening" that I vaguely mentioned a few days ago? Well, this is the first one. Last year one of my very dearest friends, Emily, and her husband had a baby and I knew I needed to make something extra special to commemorate this event. Thus, "Foundation" was born. Little Beatriz (pictured below - how adorable is this sweet little girl?!?!) was born in mid summer, so I was obviously running a little bit behind on this project but it was way worth it.
A tree's root system is the foundation of the organism - it provides anchorage for the tree's weight, it absorbs the minerals and moisture necessary for metabolic processes, it exchanges gases that are crucial for tree survival and it stores sugars that provide energy to fuel the tree. Without this foundation, the tree would be nothing. This blanket that I designed symbolizes that support structure of Beatriz' family. The growth rings in the center represent the five years her parents built their relationship before bringing her into the world. I hope it is a piece that she will cherish for years to come, if not at least to keep around because it's a dang soft (and warm) blanket to snuggle beneath. :)
The blanket is made from Knit Picks Swish Worsted. It incorporates a chart of 6 identical sections knitted in the round. I plan to publish the pattern eventually, although it will require a little bit of tweaking. I am going to adapt it with 8 sections to make the growth rings a little rounder - they turned out a little too geometric.
Regardless, it feels so good to finish this project! I don't even know how many hours of work went into this - weekends and weekends! Since it was knit in the round, I couldn't really see how it was progressing because it was bunched up at the needles the whole time. I designed the chart as I went, since I could see the last several rows I had knitted the whole way through to gauge how the pattern was turning out. Once I started to bind off, the finished product took my breath away. I will work on trying to make this available soon!