August 6, 2014

Lucy's Blanket

It's very late (Early? I don't know. Suffice it to say it is after midnight.) but if I don't write a little bit about this blanket now, I never will.

A blanket that looks like shafts of wheat for my heat-of-summer baby. Clearly I'm not worried about matching my children's blankets with their birth seasons. I like the light lace feel of it. It's superwash wool, but the knit is light. Perfect for these warm days. I throw it on her while she's napping or to block the AC in the car.

Yesterday I started packing up Lucy's newborn clothes. Already! She's just barely a month old. I forgot how fleeting those first tender weeks of life are. But the process is kind; though I put away the clothes that don't fit her little body anymore, she started to give me a few smiles yesterday. I love how her lips wriggle while she tries to smile. She mostly makes an O with her mouth. Adorable. Each sorrow of having a growing baby is tempered with some new and exciting milestone. I love my baby girl. I wish I could press a pause button and soak up each moment. Alas, that isn't how life works, so I'll try to savor the sweet moments as they rush by me.

Pattern: Leafy Baby Blanket (with some modifications)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in daffodil
Rav notes here.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along. On time for once! Nay, ahead of schedule!

July 18, 2014


Or a gratitude-saurus rex? I don't know.

Anyway. This is my gift to our family doctor to thank him for bringing our baby girl safely into the world two weeks ago. (More about her soon. I just need to finish that blasted baby blanket, then I'll reveal my two creations at once!)

I recognize that this is a really weird thing to give to the person who delivered our child. A gift card to a nice restaurant probably would have been a more mature, sensible option. But my doctor had made nice comments about my knitting before (I had worked on the baby's blanket in his waiting room for several weeks and he was curious about my knitting obsession) (more likely scenario: he's just a nice guy who was making conversation) so I thought I'd make a little toy for his two kids. Because what good is a knitting obsession if not to shower the world with hand knit squishies?

This was a really satisfying knit. It came together quickly. The pattern was interesting but simple.

I am happy to report that my doctor loved the dino (or pretended to; seriously, the nicest guy). I love how this little squish turned out. He has so much personality. Roar roar roar!

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along. Late as always.

Pattern: Dinosaur Jr.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Spring Meadow and (I think) Blue Stone
Stuffing: reclaimed from garage sale pilllow
Buttons: reclaimed from old shirt

Find my Rav notes here.

June 13, 2014

The Baby Can't Come

The baby can't come until her blanket is done.

So says her father.

The contractions started a week ago today. It's been long, slow, and maddening to labor like this. Knitting helps.

My nesting urge hasn't been to clean but to create. Yesterday I cranked out new bedding for Charlie's room and a skirt for the baby. Why? Why not.

And so I sit on an exercise ball (or a "fitness orb," if you live in the world of The Office) and knit. Because the baby can't come until I'm through.

Joining Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.

Pattern: Leafy Baby Blanket (I started the Pine Forest Baby Blanket but it didn't keep my attention, so I frogged it)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in daffodil
Find my Rav notes here.