I am continuing to use some yarn that was given to me by Grandma. I'll tell you right off hand that I dislike this yarn in this pattern. As previously established, I'm anti-acrylic. However, I had all this red yarn, and I found the perfect pattern for it: Babylove Blanket by Meg Hollar.
The yarn is Red Heart Baby yarn (a discontinued line). It's a light fingerling weight yarn. It would have been even more fabulous in a less-stiff yarn (the hearts would have stood out more). But again, with acrylic yarn, you can't beat the ease of care and sturdiness.
This blanket took a LONG TIME to make - 3 months to be exact. In my current workload, this translates to approximately 16-18 hours of solid work. With 195 stitches on each row and 312 rows completed, I worked a total of 60,840 stitches in this blanket. The hearts were fun to work, though, and broke up some of the tedium.
The final dimensions of the blanket: 32" long by 31" wide.
This blanket is going to a special couple. They have been friends for several years, and are expecting their first baby, a boy. They've waited for a long time to become parents, and Chris and I are so thrilled that they are getting their chance. The hearts on this blanket represent only a fraction of the hopes and prayers that have been lifted up for this baby, and I hope it gets a lot of loving use.