Just a gentle reminder to our beautiful Oddball Knitters (and Border Patrol crochet friends too!):
I observed something while doing the final preparations of our worsted weight blankets for delivery to Bridgeport Hospital that I want to bring to your attention. Simply put, although these are small items that we are creating with the help of many, I would expect that every single person working on a blanket would do his/her very best work. Everyone working on these blankets has made a commitment to read and follow the guidelines/instructions suggested for that blanket. Off the top of my head, these are some concerns that I saw with the last batch of worsted weight blankets.
1. Make sure you count the stitches on your rows.
2. Examine your work periodically for dropped stitches; if you have dropped a stitch, please pick it up. There are excellent videos out there (check the KnittingHelp.com website) to help you with that issue.
3. Pay attention to the weight of the yarn called for for your blanket. Please, no sportweight or DK weight on the worsted weight blankets (or, no worsted weight yarns should be used on our preemie baby blankets).
4. Finish your last row as an all-knit row on the wrong side of the blanket.
5. It is not necessary to weave in your ends; however, please make sure they are long enough for someone to weave in at a later time.
It is wonderful to let your creativity come out with your stitch pattern of choice; however lacy patterns with lots of holes are not the ideal for these blankets. And speaking of holes, I actually received a finished worsted weight blanket in February with a hole right smack in the middle of the blanket! (Fortunately, I had matching yarn and was able to fix that problem). So please don't be afraid to look your work over carefully and check for anything out of sorts.
Forgive me for sounding harsh; that is not my intention. I just want to make sure we maintain the high quality of work that we are all accustomed to doing as we move forward for the purpose of co-creating our beautiful oddball baby blankets. There are so many little ones out there who need our blankets; let's always give them our Best!