Finished Baby Blanket & Book Beginnings

How to participate: Share the first line (or two) of the book you are currently reading on your blog or in the comments. Include the title and the author so we know what you're reading. Then, if you would like, let us know what your first impressions were based on that first line, and let us know if you liked or did not like the sentence. The link-up will be at A Few More Pages every Friday and will be open for the entire week.
 The Paris Wife by Paula McClain
"The very first thing he does is fix me with those wonderfully brown eyes and say, 'It's possible I'm too drunk to judge, but you might have something there.'
  It's October 1920 and jazz is everywhere. I don't know any jazz, so I'm playing Rachmaninoff."

Thus begins the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. In those beginning sentences, author Paula McClain amazingly captures an essence of each of them. The pages turn easily as I enjoy this novel about the people and times.
 The Granny style baby blanket is finished.

Beginning with the center motif, I modified the pattern and continued it to the desired size.

 Plymouth Encore is such a fabulous yarn! I've used it for so many projects, decided to try another, then returned to it. It makes a lovely, soft, warm blanket.

 Since I was working from stash, I began with the pink/cream/yellow for the main body and a cream color for the lacy dividers. I switched to plain cream when I had used all of the colored yarn. It looks so natural to fade to the lighter color. I'm so pleased with that coloration. The scalloped border is a pretty edging from Nicky Epstein's book, Crocheting On The Edge.

 Now the blanket is tied with a polka-dotted bow, wrapped in tissue, and on its way across the country to a precious grand-niece. I hope she feels the love and is blessed by the prayers that these stitches carry.

What are you working on?


Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I really loved The Paris Wife...and I enjoyed your knitting, too.

Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

JC Jones said...

I love the blanket and envy you the knitting. It was never something I was good at. I have heard a lot about The Paris Wife. If I run across it I will give it a try.

WonderWhyGal said...

The blanket is great! I love the colors and it looks super soft.

I will have to check this book out. I'm still working on Tolkein.

Bev Hankins said...

What a lovely blanket!

I don't think I'd enjoy The Paris Wife--I'm not a Hemingway fan and don't think I'd even want to read about him. But I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Here's my Friday:

SquirrelQueen said...

The blanket is adorable, I love the soft colors you choose. I've heard lots of good things about this book, maybe I'll check it out.

Andria said...

I love your baby blanket, the colours are so soft and comforting. Lovely! Thanks for the book recommendation too, I always love to hear about good books.

Lyndsay said...

Love the pink polka dot bow on that wrapped blanket! I love yarn and books, too, so I'm going to start following you! :)

Maybe next time, I'll post about what I'm reading, too!

Tea said...

Your blanket is done beautifully. It will make a lovely gift. I want to read The Paris Wife.

AllyB said...

Granny squares are so much fun. Your's is so pretty.