There was indeed something up. Something so exciting, so life-changing, I could hardly sleep. My best friend, the one I've known since we were babies and have been like sisters with since we were 7, is pregnant!
The very next day, I went to Michaels and bought yarn.
There's something kind of special about creating a baby blanket for the unborn child of someone important in your life. Each stitch somehow holds more significance, each row feels more important. I finished it this past week, wrapped it up, and went to visit the excited mom- and dad-to-be, exactly two months from the day I started it. I don't think I've ever finished anything of this size quite so quickly.
(Of course, the knitting club helped!)
I used a really simple free pattern for this one, found on Ravelry. The nature of crochet is leveraged in the pattern to make it, in a sense, 'reversible'. On one side, it is predominantly blue. On the other, it's predominantly orange. I edged it in a simple border of single crochets. It's a heavier baby blanket, perfect - as my mother pointed out when I showed it to her - to lay out for the baby to play on. It's soft enough, though, that it could also be used in a crib to keep the baby warm, especially in the winter.
As I'm sure you've noticed, I didn't use traditional 'baby yarn'. I have a thing against baby yarn. True, it's super soft and delicate for newborn skin. But. Pastels? Not my thing. Also, not really the thing of this baby's mom. Instead, I used Red Heart Soft yarn. I've used it before and love it.
Tangerine and Sea Foam. I see orange and blue, but those are the colour names on the yarn's label. I always have a bit of a difficult time choosing yarn colours when I start a baby blanket, so I was kind of grateful that this pattern only required two - though I could have chosen to use up to four! There was the added difficulty in the fact that I have no idea of the baby's gender. Whatever, I thought. Little girls can like orange and blue too! I am a girl, and I like orange and blue. By the time I finished the blanket, any niggle of doubt that I had chosen the wrong colours was gone.
I think this is my favourite project to date.
For more project details, check it out on Ravelry!
Do you have anything on your hook - or needles! - right now? I have lots of plans, but nothing currently in the works.