In early November, I finished knitting a baby blanket for baby Michal, who is the daughter of my friends Melanie & Bryan. Melanie and I went to high school together when I lived in Arkansas and she is one of the sweetest, kindest, dearest people I know. Since I had moved to California well before she met Bryan, I have never met him but I am sure he is wonderful, too, or she wouldn't be married to him.
I was so excited to send the blanket off to Michal that I (woe of woes!) forgot to take pictures. Luckily, Mommy and Daddy understand the need for photographic documentation and so they graciously provided some pictures for us. (Granted, not the greatest pictures but pictures nonetheless. And with a baby!)
The blanket was knit using the most standard of standard patterns: the basic dishcloth, giant version. The body of the blanket is white Patons Be Mine and the trim was crocheted on after (using the full measure of my crocheting abilities) using Patons Allure in garnet. It is so unbelievably soft and easy to care for. I've knit other baby blankets from this yarn and, in spite of it being the lowly 100% nylon yarn, Be Mine is still great for blankets and the like. Babies love the softness, it is a quick easy knit and it holds up wonderfully to all sorts of baby spitting and drooling and washing.
Isn't she a cutie? I am working on arranging a trip to meet her in person. Hopefully that'll be soon.
Today my HP and I went and did a little Christmas shopping. Progress was made. I still have a considerable amount of shopping to do but I feel alot better about it now. I think I will actually have it all done before Christmas comes.
Today, the only knitting I've managed is a little work on a fun fur scarf. My sister, who is a brand-spanking convert . . . I mean knitter . . . bought one skein of lilac-ish looking fun fur and wanted to make something from it but got frustrated because she wasn't sure what do to with it. Freshly inspired by Laurie and her orange drop-stitched wonder, I took temporary custody of the fun fur and am working on a quick scarf. I am not holding out alot of hope about fun fur's willingness to be blocked.
If you are reading this before Monday, please keep me in your thoughts Monday. I'm stressed (and also excited) about it already. I'll let you all in on the news on Monday night (or maybe Tuesday) once I've gotten over that first hurdle.