It has been since I last bought yarn!

Monday, October 31, 2011


So knitting time, despite being on mat leave, is still kind of scarce. I've decided to stop worrying about it so much. Afterall- this is my HOBBY and something I supposedly enjoy doing... so I need stop treating it like my job, where I'll get fired if I don't knit.

I've finished the first color block on Jr's blanket and I have concerns. A lot of concerns. I don't think the owls are showing up. And so it just looks like bumpy squares with a white border. Here's the pic.... what do you think?


It's just not showing up well- is it?


I think it's time to admit defeat, frog this and start again, with a less ambitious "design" and going with an existing pattern, still using the yarn colors. It'll still be a beautiful blanket- but maybe a little less themey? If I do- I'm looking for suggestions. So far I'm hovering over these ideas: (Vote for your favorites!!)

1) Baby Dots

2) Baby Bricks

3) Doing a different take on classic stripes

4) Princess Squares (or in this case... PRINCE squares)

5) New Life Baby Blanket

My ennui with the current blanket status means that I've been picking up the easier project to knit on it and attempt progress. Without meaning too- I'm actually pretty deeply into the Teddy Bear blanket... might even finish that one soon! (It helps that it's all one color and it goes FAST!) Oh well- blankets in the "ready to go" bin are NEVER a bad thing!!


Progress has been slow because Halloween distracted me a bit this year. We had a Halloween party to go to on Saturday night and I needed the right costume for the baby belleh I'm carrying around these days. So, putting the needles down, I hunted down a cheap blanket outfit and cracked out the fabric paint and made me a costume!

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Before you give me any credit for being clever... I blatantly ripped this idea off from elsewhere on the internet. (Done much better here) It's a rougher, less detailed idea- but it turned out pretty cute and I got a lot of compliments at the party. (But maybe that's just because people were scared my water was going to break on them!)

And... because my dear husband was suddenly struck with the need to "capture the belly" before the baby comes out... I'm also including a picture of me, on Friday night. This is me 38.5 weeks pregnant in case you were curious....

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I'll be spending the rest of the day crossing my legs now- willing this kid to stay in for one more day. (I just don't want him to have to share his birthday with Halloween and Trick or Treating.) So- any mojo you can spare my way, about keeping Jr. away from Oct 31 birthday would be most appreciated!

**Poll closes Nov 3- so vote now... invite your friends to vote too! I need to know what direction to go in next ASAP!**


Joanne said...

I would have voted for prince squares (my actual favourite), but I wouldn't wish all of those ends on you!

Anne B. said...

That was a hard decision, all those options are so nice, but I ponyed up and voted. You look so beautiful, don't get stressed by anything if you can, just relax and enjoy. Easier said than done?

Kerstin said...

Jen, your Halloween costume is beyond adorable!! You did a fantastic job of painting it, and how cute is Jr?! Did you husband have the matching costume?
I am sad for you about Jr's blanket. It was such a cute idea. I looove the colors you choose, and how beautifully they work together. And I like the big pops of color. Have you tried blocking (oh! I said that word!)an owl to see if that brings more definition? Try not to feel so much pressure, but do trust your instincts; somehow things always work out in the end. Take care! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm with Joanne; the only reason to not vote for Prince squares is all the ends. Other than that it would be smashing! Mil

Anonymous said...

Would it be too much to ask if you could include the link to the awesome patterns for the blankets? I wanna make one or two of the blankets you included in the pictures.