23 days’ love
Wednesday October 20th 2010, 11:28 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knit,Knitting a Gift,LYS

I don’t think Kathryn at Cottage Yarns was surprised when I called.  She recognized my voice.

She thought the edges and width were fine. She was quite happy to sell me more anyway. Her Rios had just come in, the Solis darker than mine but as usual, oh so pretty.  I’ve really wanted to make a baby sweater to go with the blanket and now I can.

After over three weeks, it’s hard to just stop and put the baby blanket down and call the thing done and not be working on it anymore. It’s also over a pound; enough already.

She mentioned that another woman had come in between when I called and when I got up there and was going through the Rios, leaving Kathryn going, uh, oh. But the woman had bought a whole bag of a different color and my Solis was safe after all.

And! She had one last skein from the same bag of undyed Malabrigo Sock I’d bought there awhile ago. I’d been thinking of making a formal christening blanket too and had been wishing I had more, and now I know I can go for it in that so-soft and washable wool.

You know, after 41 years of fighting the knitting grandmother stereotype…

It was after I got home that I finished the ribbing on the Rios, and I remembered wrong yesterday, having not done such a thing in years: if you pick up the stitches from the cast on and knit down, *then* it jogs sideways a half stitch’s worth. Which is what I got at first–but it was quickly clear it was going to feel like knots across that pick-up row. I could just picture the baby doing a faceplant into that and crying. Not our baby! Only one chance to do it right. Do it right.

So I ripped that and did what I’d tried to get out of: I carefully undid that first row, unthreading the yarn woven through each stitch going that direction. And then, hey look, the loops connected beautifully. A little loose-looped along some parts of the pattern, but. I decided loose loops don’t sink WIPs.

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Ah pun day, I see 🙂

Been thinking about you and all that baby knitting – you probably are having the time of your life!

Off to worry about comp questions – they come next week….

Comment by afton 10.21.10 @ 4:14 am

So glad you are happy with the blanket. Did you not do a provisional cast on because it was an afterthought? You must show us a picture of the precious grandchild with the blanket when the time comes :>)

Comment by Joansie 10.21.10 @ 4:20 am

HA! “loose loops don’t sink WIPs,” I got it. 🙂

Comment by lori 10.21.10 @ 5:15 am

I love reading your blog posts… my morning chuckle. Thanks.

Comment by Chery 10.21.10 @ 5:34 am

I can see the photo on the blog today! I think that’s my new favorite photo of you. You’re already glowing… What a beautiful grandmother with her first grand’s blankie!

Comment by Channon 10.21.10 @ 6:20 am

Oh! You look so happy! The blanket is beautiful and I know that baby will love it! I can’t wait to hear from you after the first time you get to hold and kiss that precious little one. I am truly excited for you!

Comment by Jody 10.21.10 @ 6:54 am

You are on your way. So much for stereotypes. “I decided loose loops don’t sink WIPs” will have to be my new mantra.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 10.21.10 @ 7:59 am

“loose loops don’t sink WIPs” — I’m guessing this means this will pass the galloping horse test for sure!

Comment by Bev 10.21.10 @ 8:40 am

What a beautiful photo! And you look pretty good, too! If the baby doesn’t appreciate the blanket, trade it in for one who does.

Comment by Don Meyer 10.21.10 @ 8:57 am

It’s a blanket that looks great as a shawl, too. Congrats.

Comment by RobinM 10.21.10 @ 11:54 am

Tee hee…I knew the Rios would find you! However, you’d better eat plenty of chocolate tortes, so that baby sweater doesn’t end up fitting you. 🙂

Comment by Ruth 10.21.10 @ 2:16 pm

I agree with others – you are gorgeous in that photo. Whether it is the color or the thought of the recipient, doesn’t matter.

Comment by twinsetellen 10.23.10 @ 2:13 pm

I agree with all that was written before me. You look just lovely in the photo, the blanket is beautiful as a blanket or a shawl, and I can’t wait to see a pic of the baby when the time comes. Also, I hate to sound negative, but you are looking awfully tiny these days… Losing weight you don’t need to lose?? I hope not. Just concerned for your health, that’s all. But your face looks so very happy. Your look just can’t help but pass some of that happiness on to the rest of us!

Comment by Mary 10.24.10 @ 2:00 am

What a gorgeous photo of you, Alison! Oh, and the shawl is lovely, too. 😉


Comment by Liz 10.26.10 @ 4:08 pm

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