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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Way Way Way Behind

Where oh where is that lull that I was looking for at the beginning of this year? I still haven’t seen it. Of course, it could have something to do with the fact that Paul’s just returned from his fifth business trip of the year (let’s see…he’s been in Germany, the Netherlands, Dallas, and twice in Malaysia), so our lives seem to be an endless cycle of:

- Preparing for Paul to travel
- Paul away from home
- Recovering from Paul’s travels

Then, on the one weekend that Paul was actually in town, I took off to Cleveland for the film festival. And on Paul’s last trip, my parents came to town for the long weekend and ended up staying over a week. It was a wonderful week—tons of fun—but it meant that I’ve gotten a little bit behind on work…not to mention on my blogging.

Mostly, my knitting has consisted of little baby things. With everyone in some stage of pregnancy, it seems like the right thing to do. So I’ve got a pile of baby stuff, just waiting for the babies to arrive. Some of them, however, will be heading over to our friends, who are still celebrating the arrival of little Garrett James (formerly known as Frodo Skywalker/Orange Banana). In fact, Barb gave me a killer idea while I slowly lost my mind with the Knitastics yesterday (two hours of attention-deficient preteens telling blonde jokes is, I’m convinced, enough to make the sanest person lose his or her mind), and I’m currently trying to whip out The Coolest Baby Bib Ever before I head over to meet the little guy.

Here are the latest FOs in my recent string of baby knitting:

That’s a jumper and a cardi, three burp cloths, seven bibs (two of which are shadow knits), and a pair of booties (two pairs, actually—but the other pair went right off to another new little guy).

The biggest knitting news right now is that my longest-held UFO is now somewhat of a FO. When Mom arrived, she asked about Those Blanket Squares. You see, when I first learned to knit—and after I’d already made scarves for everyone I knew—I decided to make squares for a blanket. It soon became known as my Hockey Blanket—because I was constantly knitting squares while watching hockey. Right around the time that I finished the squares (60-some of them), Paul took the job in Massachusetts. So I packed up the squares in a box and moved them to Massachusetts. Two and a half years later, I moved the box again—to Ohio. And they’ve been sitting in my closet ever since. For some reason, though, Mom became absolutely obsessed with the blanket squares (admittedly, Mom does have a bit of an obsessive personality). So when she showed up, she refused to drop the issue until I produced the box of blanket squares. The next challenge was to try to figure out which pattern I’d planned to sew them into. I had a box full of squares in four different colors—and since it had been more than five years since I first planned the project, I didn’t quite remember. But we came up with something that seemed to make sense, and Mom dove in.

By the end of the week, Mom had sewn the whole thing together. Granted, there are still plenty of little ends that need to be woven in (or perhaps we’ll just sew some fabric on the back and pretend all those little ends don’t exist). But check it out—a finished blanket!

(Note: it’s folded in half. This thing is huge!)

Mom was so excited by the project that she decided to make a blanket of her own. We went running out to the store and picked up four colors that will look great in her new family room.

Besides the square-sewing, Mom and I made daily treks to JoAnn’s (actually, sometimes even more than once a day), looking for yarn, buttons, and fabric. Mom has also become obsessed with floor pillows, and we spent the week looking for the perfect fabric to match the living room. We didn’t find it. We did, however, find some really cute fabric that will make a cool apron.

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Anonymous ruth said...

Love the baby items - they are very cute!

Congrats on finishing the blanket I love the way the squares go together.

6:31 AM

Anonymous Emily said...

Those are great colors! Especially for spring and summer.

7:40 AM

Blogger Karen said...

Great baby items! And kudos to your mom for motivating you to finally finish that big blanket. It's terrific!

6:27 AM

Blogger Jennifer said...

wow - the blanket seriously ROCKS! and the baby stuff is really cute, too : ) but i love the idea of making a "hockey blanket" myself...i could make it in my hubby's team colors and then use it to keep warm at the games when it's all done. how did your mom sew them together...with a machine? did you back it w/ anything?

8:32 PM


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