Sunday, January 29, 2006

And the villagers rejoice

The blanket! Is! Finished!! (insert sounds of trumpet fanfare, cue ticker tape parade)

And here's where you have to put up with loads and loads of pictures of the thing. Here to the right is a picture that gives you a good sense of the look of it. And yes, you can clearly see several errors, even here. Pay no attention!

One thing that I would change (and will for the next time I make this) would be to use a wool yarn, so that I can block it when I'm done. As it is, you can see the scalloped edges, but you can also see that they're kind of curling up, instead of lying flat and pretty. Next time. I'm not worried about when that will be - people are popping out kids all the time around here. I have two more due this year.

You can see a bit more of the detail in the pattern here. I love how this portion turned out - the whole time I was knitting it, I was sure that I was making so many mistakes that there would be no pattern left. Guess not.

I really liked making this blanket, and I like that this is "Mum's Baby Blanket". As long as I can remember, when a special baby is on the way, Mum starts knitting this blanket. I've always loved it, but never, ever thought that I would create one myself. It feels like a family tradition , even if it is just me and my mum at this point. I'm not likely to carry on many other traditions - I can't cook like my mum, and, even though I love eating her cooking, I don't see myself cooking like that in any case. Her roasts, with Yorkshire pudding, and roasted potatoes are so good that I could happily die after eating a Sunday dinner, and her Scotch broth is better every pot. But I foresee me cooking for one for quite a while, if not forever, and those just aren't one-dish meals.

But the blanket is something that I can make and something that hopefully people will love. And it feels so good making something that I think is so beautiful.

And now for something completely different:
I don't know if he thinks he's being subtle, but this happens all the time. Yes, that's a packet of cat treats. It was standing up, but was repeatedly nosed and snuggled until it fell over and the cat had to check that it was okay.

"Enough with the camera already. Give me some treats."


Rachel said...

The blanket looks great, Kirstie! I'm sure the new parents (and baby) will love it!

Also, you made me crave Yorkshire pudding. D'oh.

Loocy said...

You make me want to learn how to knit. I picked a book once in a craft store, got confused, teared up realizing I would never get to knit my (imaginary) baby a blanket, and decided it wasn't for me. This also happened with cross stitch. Yeah, I don't know either.

Gorgeous cat!

Kirst said...

Thanks, guys!
I've picked up and put down so many different crafts and projects and hobbies I don't know what to do with them. I started a cross stitch phase a while back - started a gift for a friend who was expected a baby. The thing is about 1/20th done, and the kid is probably starting kindergarten next year.

I don't know why knitting stuck this time, but I'm glad it did - it almost makes it okay to watch too much tv!