November 2007


We finally had some sun this past weekend, so I took some pictures of the finished baby blanket.

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

  • Pattern: Animal Blanket
  • Source: Animal Knits by Zoe Mellor
  • Materials: Elann.com Sonata, 100% cotton
  • Needles: 3.75 mm
  • Dimensions: 26 inches wide, 34 inches long
  • Modification: I added an inch to the width of the border.

If the blanket looks a bit rumpled, here’s why:

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

It wouldn’t hold still! Very windy! On a more sheltered side of our house, I took these photos to show the scale of the blanket. I dug out our old infant car seat.

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

Here it is again with Curly the Cow. Remember her?

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

I finally got some matching thread and put some flannel on the back. I did weave all of the ends of the knitting in, but I decided to cover up all of the seams.

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

It has been great to have this blanket to knit, in long car rides to doctor visits, in doctor waiting rooms, while seeing the Yarn Harlot in Halifax, while on vacation etc. It has been a very portable project. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed concentrating on the long awaited, precious, baby that will be wrapped in it. It has kept my mind occupied with a joyous event. I really hope this blanket gives it’s new owner as much comfort and warmth as it has given to me.

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Woah! That was a lengthy post about seaming vs. picking up stitches last time. I think I was trying to figure out, for myself, why I decided to seam the blanket. The ruffle on my last sweater. That’s the reason. I can’t handle any more of those long rows of picked up stitches just now. I’m glad I figured that out! Actually, it has been a very portable project too. Since I’ve been knitting small squares, I could take the knitting with me just about anywhere. By the way, I’m finished the blanket now! Woo! I just want to put a flannel backing on it, and I have to get some matching thread. I don’t want the stitching to be too visible on the front.

 

Toys For Three Year Old Boys

 

Now, in the spirit of Anny Purls’ Holiday Gift Idea Meme, I thought I would tell you about some of my son’s favourite things. These items are well loved by my three year old boy. If you have a boy, of similar age, to find a gift for, maybe these items will provide you with some inspiration. I’ve provided links; however, I have not necessarily purchased from these retailers. I can’t really comment on their online services. I just wanted to provide a link to a description, where I could find one. Time permitting, I might make similar lists of favourite things for my other family members as well.

Top row, left to right: Russ Peepers Giraffe – Sooooo loved! Children love these Russ “Peeper” stuffed animals, with the big sad eyes.
Circus Puppet Theater – A table top puppet theater…..endless fun!
Finding Nemo (movie) – This is my son’s absolute favourite movie. He loves all “fishies” now, as a result.

Middle row, left to right: Playhut Fire Engine – This is sort of a tent/fire engine. Children can get inside and pretend they’re zooming off to a fire. Ours is always in use! However, it can just be folded up and put away easily. There is also a school bus.
Gearation Refrigerator Magnets – The gears can be rearranged, and connected in different ways. Then, it can be put into motion!
Imaginarium Train and Table – This is a pricey item; however, it’s less expensive than the Thomas the Train alternative. Also, I haven’t heard of any problems with lead paint on this. That said, any of the Thomas the Train pieces will work with this Imaginarium set. So, you can add pieces from one or the other. My son plays with this for hours! We don’t have to put away the train; we just keep it set up on the table and the pieces can be stowed in the two drawers.

Bottom row, left to right: Little Tikes Light & Go Thomas Flashlight – You know how much little boys like flashlights right? Well, a Thomas flashlight is even better! This one even chugs like a train.
Treasury Of Bedtime Stories – This book has a lot of the classic bedtime stories. However, The Three Billy Goats Gruff is my son’s favourite. The voice of the troll has to be done in a deep gravely voice though.
3 Letter Word Whammer by LeapFrog – Now, this one we keep on the refrigerator. It’s magnetic, with magnetic letters. It helps the child learn the alphabet, and begin to spell. This is a huge favourite. It’s probably why my son knew the alphabet, before he could speak any words. Weird.

P.S. If you take part in this meme, could you let me know, so that I can get some gift ideas too? Thanks!

My goodness! Thanks to everyone who took the time to comment about my baby blanket in progress…and for your helpful tips! You guys helped me pick out the colours in the first place too, and I do appreciate hearing your thoughts. Overwhelmingly, it seems that people feel I should pick up stitches for the border, instead of seaming it on as the pattern says. I hear you, but what you don’t know is how much I dislike picking up stitches! Seaming or picking up stitches…it’s all the same to me. One is picking up stitches with a tapestry needle, the other with a knitting needle. The difference is that the knitting would end up going the other direction.

Oh, next time I might pick up the border stitches (and I do think there will be a next time for this blanket). I think the real problem is that I have a psychological block, when it comes to long rows of stitches, right now. The infinity ruffle on my last sweater project might have something to do with that. This is my mindless knitting project. There are no gauge worries, no sizing worries, and no shaping worries. The thought of infinitely long rows just doesn’t appeal to me at the moment….especially in seed stitch. In fact, I don’t think I’d finish the blanket. That’s what a psychological block can do. I would not finish it. I know it may seem strange to you folks, but right now I need the short rows of a *gulp* sewn on border. It’s weird isn’t it? The amount of knitting ends up being the same. It’s all in the mind.

By the way, the colours aren’t really true in the photo I took. I’ll try to take some better photos when I’m finished.

In other news, I saw this wonderfully funny video on Loomy Mama‘s blog. I thought I’d share it as well. It shows the maniacal knitting obsession to perfection! I’m sure that even the neighbours could hear me laughing! Also, if you have a minute, take a peek at Loomy Mama’s blog. She’s a new knitter. She’s been loom knitting for a while, but has only recently picked up the needles. It’s a lovely blog!

 

 

Now, back to my maniacal obsessive mindless knitting.

I‘m still here, just in case you were wondering! I have been deeply involved in getting this baby blanket finished. I need to gift it before the recipient outgrows it! It has been an endless amount of seaming. I don’t really mind it, but it has taken way too long. Finally, I have all of the squares sewn together. I’ve really enjoyed watching the blanket evolve. So much so, that I’ve become quite attached to it…and the truth is, I don’t want to give it away now! Ugh. What am I going to do with it though? I don’t have a newborn to wrap in it. Do I need to make one of those now too? No. No. No. Can’t do that. I’ll have to give the blanket away, and possibly never see it again. Sob!

 

Animal Baby Blanket

 

Thank you all for giving me your advice on enlarging the blanket. Since it took so much time to seam it, I think you’re all correct and I should not add MORE squares. I’m going to enlarge the border instead. However, I think that the amount of yarn I have, in that colour, limits me somewhat. I can only add about an inch all the way around. That won’t help much, but it’ll have to do.

After I knit the border, guess what I have to do next? I have to sew it on. Oh, yes I do. Blahhhhh.

Once again, it is Eye Canday Friday. Credit for today’s photos go to my Dad, and they’re posted here with his permission. These were taken on Thanksgiving weekend, when I was shopping at London-Wul. I don’t know whose dogs these were, but they were cracking us up! It looks like they were tired of waiting for their owners, and were making a getaway.

 

Me Wantz Drive Thru Cheezeburger!

 

Me Wantz Drive Thru Cheezeburger!

 

Me Wantz Drive Thru Cheezeburger!

 

Tanya are they your dogs? Line, are they yours? Anyway, they were a big hit among my crowd of animal lovers.

Now, this photo is mine. Please excuse the stove-top shot. I’ve been baking again, thanks to Carol. These were made using her soft pretzel recipe. Mmmmmmmm.

 

Soft Pretzels

 

Note to self: Avoid gabbing on the phone after pretzel shapes are rolled, and waiting to be cooked. They rise. They double in size, then triple in size, as you continue to gab and watch with fearful eyes. Believe me when I say that these are big. That’s not a dinner plate they’re on, it’s a very large platter. Also note to self: Buy coarse salt…table salt is a poor substitute. Final note to self: “Dip in butter” does not mean immerse in butter and swish around. They are tasty though! If they can get my dear man on chemo to eat, they’re well worth the effort too! Thanks Carol.

Now, for a brief update on the knitting. I’m working furiously on the baby blanket. I have all the squares done. Despite the fact that it will measure the same as the pattern states…it seems that it will be rather small. It would be fine for car seat use, but not suitable for a crib. I have tons of yarn left over too. So what would you do? The intarsia animal squares take forever for me to knit. I’ve been thinking though, about doing an added perimeter of solid squares. This would double the number of squares though, and how much time would that take? Maybe I could just make the border wider? Thoughts? Now, consider this….the healthy 10 pound baby boy was born on Monday. Ooops. Maybe I should just leave it the size it is. Or not. I still have all that yarn left over….