My mother-in-law passed away from breast cancer when I was three months pregnant with Little Grump, so I have a vested interest in helping out. (I shudder to think what fate may await Little Grump if a cure isn’t found!)
So I looked around for a pattern and settled on the Eternal Knot Baby Blanket (only in a larger size). The ladies from Knit Night helped me settle on a wool/acrylic blend from Ella Rae. I swatched and finally decided that this was the project that I needed to do.
The design is really clever. Rather than creating something that screams “BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!!!!!”, the project will allude to the pink ribbons in the twists at each end of the blanket. Cables weave in and out to create the ancient Buddhist srivasta symbol, which signifies eternity of the crazy winding path life takes. I’m hoping it will be beautiful enough to fetch a good price.
I cast on this weekend, and whoa! What a “cast on” it is! Each of the loops at the cast on edge is knitted separately, which means that, at the end of the “cast on”, there are lots and lots of ends to be woven in. Fortunately, it’s really easy to hide the ends in the loops! It took the better part of a day, but I made it!