I ended up with about 1/3 of a skein left of the Dream in Color Knitosophy yarn in the Princess colorway (the perfect yarn for Princess Mozzarella). The pattern is this one available for free on Ravelry. This is the second pinwheel blanket I’ve made. The pattern is mindless enough for conversations, movies, or anything else that you want to put the primary focus on.
I used a size 5 (3.75mm) needle and increased to over 800 stitches. At that point each row seemed to be taking ages, as you might imagine, so I put it down a lot in favor of working on other faster moving things. It was sitting on a shelf looking very sad for a few weeks. The color changes in the ball worked out pretty well. I bought two balls from my LYS and supplemented with another that I ordered online. The two from my LYS had a good mix of both the purple and the red tones, but the one I found online was mainly red. Luckily, the ball I knit with first had the most purple, and it naturally progressed into more red in each ball.
I’m very happy with the result, and I hope it will be a blankie that Princess Mozzarella can have fun with for years. I was a blankie kind of kid and had a soft flannel one that I wore into shreds. I think I still have a piece of it wrapped up at my parent’s house somewhere. It ended up being about 41 inches wide, and I can just throw it in the washer and dryer. Hooray for superwash sock yarn!
I’m not sure what to knit for her next. I’m hesitant to knit more clothes, because I’d like to see if she’s large or small for her age before I knit many seasonal things based on the size I think she will be. Arkansas has very mild winters and very hot summers, so I’d like to see how she measures up size-wise before I start a bunch of cute cardigans. I might make some kind of toy, since that can’t be outgrown. I’m also interested in knitting a few more things for other people that might not get the knitted kind of love from me for awhile. I’ll keep you posted, of course.