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A Birthday Gift

I set aside Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket to start a new project:

Percy beginning

I know it’s not much to look at yet, but it’s the start of Percy for my little sister’s birthday. She turns 13 (!) on June 1st and I’m hoping to have this finished by the time I see her the following weekend. Wishful thinking? Probably.

I’m knitting it on my grandmother’s old US 2 straight needles. It’s making me feel closer to her, but it’s difficult for me to work with straight needles after so long without (I think about two years?). The yarn is “naturally caron.com” Country (the label calls it a “superior performance merino wool blend” but it’s 75% acrylic & 25% merino). The color is called Berry Frappe and it’s really much more purple than the image suggests. It’s a really lovely lavender shade (my sister’s favorite color!) and I’m hopeful that she’ll like it as much as I do.

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jb08

I’ve been working pretty much nonstop on Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket. I’ve come to the unfortunate realization that I’m going to run out of yarn. I only have three balls of the dark green (Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Grass) left and each side of the blanket will use at least one full ball. It’s unfortunate because I can’t really afford yarn right now and I was also trying to use this as a stash-buster (well, since I bought the extra yarn last summer it now counts as stash!).

jb09

I’m making quite a bit of progress on it, though. The rows are long and tedious, but the garter stitch is mindless and I’m so pleased watching it grow. It’s now big enough for Joshua to snuggle under! I’m so glad that he already loves this blanket. I know he’s a bit old for a “blankie” but I’m still hoping that he’ll cherish this one. I’m not planning to “finish” the edges with anything, thus leaving it open to being enlarged at some point in the future, if he wishes (and assuming I can contemplate those looooong rows). Right now it’s a labor of love, in every sense of the word. Here’s just hoping I don’t run out of mojo before I run out of yarn.

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jb01

I used to keep a blog (here) but I haven’t updated it in over a year. I had very faulty internet access and I wasn’t particularly fond of that site for hosting anymore. I’ve continued knitting since then, but I just haven’t had the urge to blog about it. I remember, though, when blogging I used to knit more. I miss blogging. I miss writing about my crafting and sharing it. Ravelry is a great site to keep track of projects and see other people’s work, but it just doesn’t keep me as motivated to knit as blogging always did.

jb06

I suppose it makes as much sense as any to begin again now. I’ve been working on Joshua’s “Baby” Blanket for the last little while. I started it in July of 2008 because he loved my nephew Connor’s baby blanket so much and asked for his own. When the overly-sheddy yarn and the ever-growing rows drove me too crazy, I set it aside. I picked it up again because it’s been way too long. The shedding is still frustrating (I wear a lot of black and end up with much green fuzz on me) but the blanket is progressing nicely. The rows ARE giant, but it’s easy knitting for TV watching and it’s not portable, so how much does being covered in fuzz really matter when I’m sitting at home?

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