November 2, 2008

Too Full for a Title

Y'all, my life is full. Full full full. Annabelle is growing like a weed, and a delight most of the time. And I got a new job (which, to those who know me, should read: I GOT A NEW JOB!), so days have a new routine as we figure out daycare pick-up and drop off.

I am, however, knitting a bit. And I finally, finally finished Annabelle's blanket. When I got back to knitting it, I reviewed the rest of the pattern. After finishing the squares, all I really had left was to knit and attach the border, and then embroider the circles. I stalled for a day or two, and then came to a realization: if I wanted to call this blanket done before the cool weather arrived, I was going to have to ignore the pattern. Instead of knitting the border separately and sewing it on, I knit it directly onto the blanket. And this blanket will not have any circles. It's done.


It's not perfect. The attachment of the border is a bit rough, and I'm sure it would look really cute with the circles sewn on. But time passes too fast and my days are already plenty full -- and I'd rather Annabelle had an imperfect blanket to love than no blanket at all.

The only other knitting I've done since then has been a scarf for me, the repair of a hole in a friend's favorite sweater, and several inches on a sock for Jason. There's so much more I want to do, but... did I mention my life is full? Here's two shots from this weekend alone!

Anna the Banana on Halloween
Knocking on doors in Virginia for Obama

I hope your lives are full, too!

Posted by shannon at 8:58 PM | Comments (8) | For related posts: Annabelle's Striped Blanket, Cheezit

August 12, 2008

Itchy Fingers

It was very faint at first, but over the last two months the "itchy fingers" feeling has gotten stronger. I found myself thinking fondly of yarn, and feeling twitchy during the (brief) times I was watching television with nothing in my hands. I waited a few weeks to be sure, but I can no longer deny it: the knitting feeling is BACK!

I started a blanket for Annabelle (nee Cheezit; actually, still sometimes Cheezit!) before she was born, but it suffered the same fate as all my projects: complete neglect. It was the first thing I reached for when the itchy fingers set in.


The pattern is Circle and Stripes Stroller Blanket (Ravelry link!) from Susan B. Anderson's Itty-Bitty Nursery, and the center pieces are done and seamed. All that's left is the border and the crocheted circles. I used Dark Horse Fantasy, which is (*gasp*) acrylic. I have no way of knowing if I've passed my tragic wool sensitivity on to Annabelle, so I'm keeping it at a distance for now. And I wanted something super durable; I want this blanket to get lots of lovin', so anything with special care instructions was out. It's very soft, and while it doesn't have the elasticity of wool it feels pretty good next to the skin.

And speaking of baby (kind of, anyway), here's a gratuitous baby shot.


How are all of you?!

Posted by shannon at 10:23 AM | Comments (4) | For related posts: Annabelle's Striped Blanket, Cheezit