Yep, it has been a very long time since my last post…
For the past few days I have been trying to start up my brain. After all so much have happened in the last two months. There were so many things I wanted to share. So many projects to show off and so on…
It was really hard to choose a subject for my first “Back to Blog” post. I just could not decide.
And then DH said something to me and it clicked…
So I am not going to start with at the beginning or at the end. Instead I will start with what has touched me most and go on from there.
About six weeks ago my friend Nechama had twin baby girls.
This was just about a week before I was due to fly to US, to visit my parents. Well, the first thing I did was to knit my “obligatory baby hats”.
These were made using my “Baby Beloved” pattern. All the technical (yarn and needle) information is on my Ravelry project page.
This duo is so very cute! Not any less of a miracle for being baby # 12 and baby #13 in this wonderful family. And I was very happy to knit double.
Now remember me mentioning my transatlantic flight? All I can say is that it was very, very, very LONG! Eleven hours is plenty of time to play with yarn! Since I was worried about carrying knitting needles on the international flight and since I discovered a new baby yarn with attached flowers in my LYS my decision was easy – crochet. I got lots of yellow and mint green yarn, enough to make two crib size blankets.
In the end I could not settle on the stitch pattern for the blankets while on the plane and ended up knitting ruffled scarves. Heads up for people choosing to fly El Al! They are totally OK with knitting! At least with wooden circular needles. The only “problem” is that if you sit there knitting ruffle scarves – be ready to be admired as a “knitting ninja” and give knitting lessons to the stewardesses. Here is one of my “flying” scarves.
But back to the blankets. From the beginning I made a decision that I will use both colors of yarn in each blanket but, knowing how easily I get bored, I will use different stitch patterns. It took me a few more days to figure out what this yarn wants to be when it grows up. I finally found the stitches I wanted in a tiny book my Mom bought years ago because she wanted to learn how to make Granny Squares. Well, two stitch patterns there turned out to be perfect for my blankets! Lots of texture with convenient small holes for tiny fingers to play with but lots of warm coverage. The other condition was that the stitches had to be new to me. Since I was committed to something as large as crib blankets I wanted it to be a learning experience for me too.
So blanket number 1 was named “Baby Boom I” – sorry for being predictable.
I used a variation on “Bamboo Stitch”. The stripes are vertical without having to do the much dreaded (by me) intarsia! Just a cute, neat trick, each row is done twice and yes, I will post my version of instructions here. Just so you could see how cute this stitch looks with the tiny flowers on it, here is the close up.
I finished it while I was still in Philly at my Mom’s.
The second blanket took me a bit longer to make. Mostly because it outgrew the “carry along” size very rapidly. “Baby Boom II” is done using the Starburst Stitch with very interesting increases and decreases.
I made the stripes very wide to show off the beautiful texture.
And yes, I will post the basic instructions for it too.
These two blankets were a pleasure and at times a sanity saver. I finished the second one a few weeks after I got back home to Israel. They are due to be gifted tomorrow evening, so I better get off my computer and start weaving in the ends.