Sunday, 5 October 2008

Cute as Pi

You will recall there was knitting that took place while I was in labour with the Princess.

Although it's bee finished for months, I've been too lazy to blog the item in question. So finally, here it is.

Princess Grace's Birthday Pi Blanky.

It is of course based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Pi Shawl. I'm such a dreadful copy cat that once I saw Bell's beautiful Pi Blanky I knew I had to make one of my own, and cast this on as a brainless knitting project when I was about 7 months pregnant.

Pattern: EZ's Pi Shawl, from Knitter's Almanac (Rav link)

Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8 ply in Tuscan (200g) and a grey colour I'm not sure of (about 220g). I had the Tuscan in the Stash (yay) and Bells gave me the grey.

Needles: 5mm Knitpicks options

Mods: I guess one doesn't really modify and EZ pattern, does one? As you can see, it just did the eyelet rows on the increase rows in the red section, then about every 6th row in the grey. I did the ordinary garter stitch edging.

Here it is blocking:

To give it a final lift, I ran two rows of running stitch in Tuscan around the edge. Thanks for this suggestion, Quilting Mick, it's perfect!

And finally, here it is with the recipient. Shhhh.

Suits her, don't you think?


Michelle said...

Yep, the running stitch definitely beats a crocheted edge in my opinion. And it certainly suits the priincess.

Jejune said...

Very very gorgeous (and as you know, we're lucky Dotter didn't nick it)!

kms said...

aw pretty baby in a pretty blanky, great colour combo xx

Bells said...

finally! She blogs it! This will always be a very, very special blanket because of what you were doing when knitting it. I mean, it's special anyway because it's beautiful, but you know, it's extra special.

As is the bundle sleeping under it. The red stitching was inspired.

And I love that it's made in part from some of the same batch of grey wool as mine.

sweetp said...

Definitely cute as pi, and definitely suits her, just gorgeous

Alwen said...

Awww! That last picture is just darling.

amy said...

That last picture would make my ovaries ache, if they weren't already otherwise occupied (well, you know what I mean). What a special blanket.

PS I know you're not checking email regularly--do you want me to send you some wool felt? It's easy to find here in a variety of colors. :)

Geek Knitter said...


Oh, but that's just lovely!

MadMad said...

Awwww.... beautiful. The both of them!

Rose Red said...

So lovely George. And the red around the edge is perfect - as is your lovely Grace.

2paw said...

Oh what a beautiful shawl, wrapping something equally lovely!! I think the splash of Tuscan at the edge is perfect!!