A blankie check
Friday June 28th 2013, 9:04 pm
Filed under: Family

Parker likes pulling and working gaps into the stitches on his favorite blanket and waving hi through them, but it got out of, well, hand shortly after we left them: his parents were afraid he was going to get his neck stuck in the thing and tried to figure out how to get it fixed.

I think he missed us.

They told him it had to go to the blankie hospital. And so the Malabrigo Dragonskins afghan came back yesterday. I had hoped to get it done and turned right around and back in the mail to him today–till I saw it. Torn, too. (It does kinda have a cute Monsters Inc look to it, don’t you think?)

I’m going to catch those open loops at the bottom with some spare yarn and…

Knitters: stockinette stitch it straight back up with the crochet hook? Right? Safe and sound and showing its history, seems to me after staring at the thing for long enough for reality to set in. After all, you go to the hospital to get your boo-boos fixed, and sometimes you get to show off your scars.

Meantime, my nephew and his wife, after trying for several years, have found they are expecting and that they are expecting twins. Yay! Today they livestreamed a party for which the local build-a-bear company knew, but they didn’t, what the results of the ultrasound showed.

His mom/my sister had had four boys and then still hoping for a girl, had had…identical twin boys. “Well, I know how to raise boys!” she told me. Garrett was old enough to really help without being a teenager yet, and now Garrett really wanted twins himself, and there you go.

They are thrilled. And I got to watch as Garrett opened the first beautiful box and pulled out: a teddy bear dressed in blue. A boy!

Then his wife Meaghan looked at him, looked back at her box, undid the bow and reached in, and–PINK! Anne finally gets her GIRL!!!

Pink and blue teddy bears, side by side, as the room exploded in joy for the babies. Who could be purple polka dotted for all anyone really cared, it just was a moment of coming together wanting to know a little better who these people are that they were going to get to gradually meet across their lifetimes to come. To celebrate. To life!

Baby hats. They’ll need nice soft baby hats.


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Oh my goodness! That looks like a BIG booboo for you to fix. Maybe Parker needs a sturdy, tightly woven quilt until he gets past the poking stage. I don’t think I would have the stamina to figure out how to repair that one. More power to you Alison! Sending prayers to the expectant parents too.

Comment by Jody 06.29.13 @ 4:41 am

What Jody said… 😉 But I do think your plan is sound, and it will give Parker’s blanket character and strength. Isn’t that what life is all about?

Thanks for sharing your family’s joy with us!

Comment by Channon 06.29.13 @ 5:37 am

I think you have hit on the best solution. To try to fix it in any other way than stockinette boggles. Maybe, since he seems to really want to stick his hand in, leave a hand-sized opening and buttonhole stitch all the way around to reinforce it?

Comment by Mary Hunt 06.29.13 @ 6:04 am

I like Mary’s idea, just one special hand hole might not seem so punishing as stitching the whole thing closed. And just maybe Parker won’t feel the need to create another hole. And, yes, you have it right for stockinette. If you need purl just flip the whole thing over, much easier than trying to purl-crotchet from the front. You are a cool Grandma!

Comment by DebbieR 06.29.13 @ 8:52 am

Oh! My husband took one look at the blankie and said, “Maybe he wants a poncho.” Just in case you need another project on the needles. 🙂

Comment by DebbieR 06.29.13 @ 10:22 am

Blankie Hospital. I love it! I wouldn’t have any idea how to repair that Blue Monsker, but one goofy thought did occur to me. A deliberate hole with a button closure. How ’bout dat!

Comment by Donald Meyer 06.29.13 @ 10:56 am

It may be easier to catch the stitches at the bottom with a straight needle, and carefully knit across each row of hanging yarn. That way you don’t have to continually finagle the looseness of extra yarn in each stitch vertically.

Let me know if you’d like some help with it!

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 06.29.13 @ 11:50 am

I bet once you pick up stitches at the bottom on a dpn you would be able to knit most of them, maybe just chaining up a few on each end. Regardless, a scar would be quite noble. The repair will be a labor of love, as will the birthing of those twins!

Comment by twinsetellen 06.29.13 @ 8:03 pm

This is just what I would would want: something lovingly knitted and lovingly worn to shreds! My youngest dd, now age 35, has a blankie her grandma knit for her that is in about the same shape. It’s in her bottom dresser drawer — she won’t part with it, nor does she want it repaired.
I knit the same (revsible checkerboard) blankies for each of my 4 grandsons, and the one the 22-year-old has in pretty good shape. He won’t part with it either!
What have we wrought LOL? !
P.S. Jody suggested a quilt, and I’m here to tell you my grandsons wore the quilts I made to pieces — truly just what I wanted!

Comment by carol 06.30.13 @ 7:59 am

that’s a really big fix — wow! and I’m happy to see I’m not the only grandma that delivers big projects with “guarantees” this idea for us began with the first lap quilt made for my son in law, and has continued on — they are all guaranteed for a large number of things (including being used as superman’s cape!) and I’ve done some repair work from time to time, but none as bit as this! good luck!!

Comment by bev 06.30.13 @ 9:57 am

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