I am excited to be a great-aunt yet again – those kids are more prolific than any of my siblings were. I have been planning a baby blanket. I love making baby blankets, cozy, cute, fast ones. I don’t make heirloom lace gorgeous items to be used at a child’s wedding. These are blankets to drag around, and nothing makes me happier than to see or hear that the blanket in question has made it to that stage.
A newly arrived neighbor baby got a blanket, (I can’t find a picture right now) and her 5-year old sister was feeling a bit miffed. I told her that she had received a blanket from me long before this interloper. Her eyes got bigger, and she asked if it was yellow and green – yes, it had those colors in it. “I sleep with it every night!” That really made my heart glad.
So, I thought I’d make little EJ to be something bright and fun. ( Soft, squishy, bright 128 Superwash from Cascade.) You know how you keep knitting, even when something isn’t working out? Like when the colors looked great in the skeins, but together are less than the sum of their parts? I brought this blanket to the shop to get a second opinion, and yes, it was deemed irretrievably ugly. I took it up to class. (I think it’s always good for students to see me ripping out work.) Before I displayed it, I announced that I was going to rip something out, not because it was technically wrong, but because it was hideous. They all said, not, nothing can be ugly enough to rip it out. When I did the TA DA, they all groaned. Yep, ugly.
On the other hand, If it made it, I could call it “That 70’s Baby .”
The lesson was then looking at the little balls of yarn and seeing that they should have played nicely, but didn’t. Was it tone? Proportion? Stitch pattern? I especially love it when I have students who quietly confess they have art degrees and start explaining some color theory. That’s the sort of thing that makes classes fun. Otherwise, we could all sit around with you tube videos. I may try something without the yellow, however, I’m open to suggestions.
This blanket, Terrace, I designed in the summer specifically for the Yarnery’s Shop Hop Yarn, Sprout. It’s Superwash BlueFaced Leicester from All for Love of Yarn. Details on Ravelry.
It is bright and fun and not ugly. And check out that cute model – he’s a neighbor, too. Aren’t I lucky to have such photogenic kids around the ‘hood? The problem is, they grow too fast! The Yarnery has kitted up a pattern and two skeins of the yarn and I have one for a giveaway. Post a comment by January 28 and tell me what baby items you like to knit. Some lucky winner will have these in her mailbox, soon.