Ever watched Finding Nemo? Remember Dory? "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." I have repeated that phase many times over the past few months. I used to make quilts for the babies of family and friends. Now, spending time in a sewing room just does not work with the family. So I started a quilt for the last family baby and embarrassingly, I never finished it. This was two years ago. Now they have had another baby. Yikes.
I decided to try to knit two baby blankets. I didn't let the fact that I have never knit a blanket before stop me. How hard can it be? I cruised patterns on Ravelry.
The first pattern I found was the Baby Love Diagonal Baby Blanket on Lionbrand Patterns. I liked the ones where people threaded ribbons through the yarn-over holes but my favorite one was done in stripes and changed halfway through. I love the stripes, but weaving in all the ends was a chore.
The next pattern was the Moderne Baby Blanket from Mason-Dixon Knitting. I liked that it was based on a quilt and required no sewing. I apparently got stuck in a blue-green rut. The yarn is the softest pima cotton called Crayon from Knitpicks. I tried other color combos, but nothing else was doing it for me. Mason-Dixon Knitting is a good book. I have made a couple of the patterns and the writing is fun and clear. I got a ton of this blanket done while flying for work. Yes, you can bring knitting needles on domestic flights.
I am soooo glad that these are done! Not because they are late. Really late. No, I'm glad because they were literally miles of garter stitch knitting. I'm not sure if I can purl anymore. There were moments (okay days) when I thought they would never be finished. I would plug along and knit some hoping that they would eventually add up to a blanket. Finally, they did!
Now all I need to do is finish a Dead or Alive? fish hat for their big brother, write an apology/congratulations note, and get these in the mail. Phew!