Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIP Wednesday - Cushy Love

One of my dear long distance friends is having a baby and I am taking this as an opportunity to finally knit some baby items. She has requested a pillow with her daughter's name on it but I haven't started that as yet as she has not chosen a name for the child.

In the meanwhile, I have started a Pin-wheel blanket in Berlini Spray as worsted Wool and Acrylic Blend.


Here is the yarn, a lovely peach and purple

Using the two colours to alternate, and following the simple pattern. Here is what I have accomplished so far:

I call it cushy love because it is soft
So far I have about 250 stitches on my circular needle and I would estimate that I am about half-way through. I really love the way that it is looking and I think that if I am diligent she should have it and the matching baby hat and (hopefully) booties by the end of September.

I took the decision not to use pink for the blanket to give it more interest. I think as creative people we try to keep things fresh by moving past stereotypes and while I am not quite ready to send her baby blue clothing for her little girl I really love this colour combination.

I don't estimate being able to finish this by this Friday, perhaps the next one. Then it is on to fingerless gloves for a work colleague of mine with rather small hands and a couple of other things. I am considering putting up a project board in my workspace to keep me focused and motivated as well as a dry-erase board or chalkboard to brainstorm ideas and generally keep my mind organized.

The more I do the more I want to do. With knitting my life is never dull.

Also today is my best friend's birthday and I have to say a special thank you to her. She is always there for me when I need encouragement and she is always interested in my projects - even when her own crochet/knooking endeavours are not going well. I am really lucky to have my Squirrel.

She one year older and we spent the day together, talking about our story and crafting. It was a great day, we even had a nap.

I owe her for my joy in knitting as it was she who introduced me to it and helped me with my first cast on, knit and purl. She encouraged me to keep trying even though I was cursing and wanting to toss it all out the window.

 She let me keep her Debbie Bliss book and kidnap her needles and then her yarn. I will be forever in her debt. As I continue down this road of knitting heroism, I will never forget that she was the one that got me started. She will always be my knight in shining armour. Even though she is short.

I love you Dana!

Later guys.

6 comments:

  1. Love the blanket, it really does look wonderfully soft :) I like your idea about a project board to keep focused, I could probably do with one of those myself!

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  2. It will be a beautiful blanket! I too have a friend that's having a baby in September, but a boy ;) So I have to start knit something. I guess it will be a jacket and some booties :)

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  3. The colors are working beautifully with the pattern! Even in the pictures it does look incredibly soft.

    Thanks so much for the welcome to WIPW, I'm looking forward to keeping up with everyones WIPs!

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  4. That blanket looks like it will be lovely when it is finished! Lucky baby:)

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  5. So cute! Love the colors you chose!

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  6. Love the blanket- colors look awesome! I did the same pattern and the recipient couldn't stop raving about how the circular fit so well in a car seat/baby seat. Never thought to put a hood on it. Genious!

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