I had previously picked out some colours and really soon after casting off the Settler Shawl I cast this on. It's knitted from corner to corner with diagonal stripes so it was also a good excuse to use up some of my (ever growing) stash. In fact the pattern calls for worsted weight yarn but I have adjusted the needle size as I have a large amount of DK that I could use. I've also picked colours that could work for either a girl or boy so that I can decide later who to gift it to.
To start with it grows really quickly. I'm heading towards the middle and progress is slowing down but the fact that it's stripes means I'm constantly thinking that I'll just knit to the next stripe, so I'm already nearly at the middle.
It's a really straight forward pattern and colour repeat to follow although I'm trying out the After This Row tool that I won on a giveaway on Angela's podcast (even though the one I chose was the one for Scarves, Shawls & Shawlettes). Simply, it's a tool to help you keep track of where you are up to in a pattern, with space in the actual tool for you to keep all the details of the pattern. I've been keeping track of the colour repeat and when I need to start decreasing. It's a great tool and it would be perfect if you were doing something more complex, such as a shawl with a pattern repeat, or with increasing/decreasing every so many rows. The book also has other handy pages, such as a page for notes, shopping lists and tags for you to attach the ball band and a sample of the yarn to so that you can refer back to them after you have finished a project.
I'm already really happy with how the blanket is knitting up and I can already tell you that I will definitely make this again! I'd like to see how it would work with self striping yarn too, although I am trying to weave in the ends as I go on this one. I also think it would look great in shades of the same colour, like all different shades of blue for a boy for example, and also I bet it would look great in rainbow colours.
How about you, what are you working on?