Due to dubbing my Saturday a Sunday, Sunday turned into Saturday, which meant that I had procrastinated myself into a corner I couldn’t readily ignore the way I wanted to: by curling up into a consoling fetal position with my knitting and damning the consequences of the real world.
After waking up and getting a late start, I decided to ignore anything fiber related until I had gotten at least most of my to-do list done. This wouldn’t normally be such a hard line to cross – I generally allow myself a congratulatory blog entry readying or Ravelry pattern search after each completed task – but a lack of clean underwear kept undermining and delaying a shower, and I refused to step out into public with the smell of Saturday lingering in the air behind me, so it seemed appropriate to buckle down and get to business as soon as my feet hit the floor in an effort to stop the snowballing from rendering the entire day utterly useless.
I chugged a larger-than-normal-but-average-for-me cup of coffee and allowed it to fuel my body as I dangled the proverbial knitting carrot (and this blog entry) in front of me as a reward for a job well done.
Well, friends, after seven loads of laundry, a futile attempting at riding the house of cat hair (I literally sweat like I was in a Zumba class while I was dusting and vacuuming), two loads of dishes (thank you dishwasher), a fridge clean out that could rival an episode of Hoarders, completing an essay for one very tough employment law class, and charging every peripheral electronic in the house (there is no worse thing than realizing your e-reader is dead at the beginning of your Monday morning bus ride), I finally sat down to focus on the one thing I wish I had been able reserve the whole day for: knitting.
The M&V baby blanket had a minimal amount of work left. I quickly bound off the two remaining edges, wove in the ends, and convinced my iron to cooperate during one very intense steam blocking session (as if there’s any other kind). Here, dear friends, is the end result:
I had only a sliver of light left in the day by the time I was done and was happy to have a few great shots by the time I sat down to edit the photos and write this post.
The gray color used in the body and edging is a lovely textured alpaca yarn by Black Wolf Farms that I picked up at Vogue Knitting LIVE! this last year. The brownish-red color you see is fabulous llama yarn I picked up from Long Island Livestock Co., also at Vogue Knitting LIVE!, but during its premiere in Chicago in 2012.
Both are about a fingering weight yarn, so the blanket is wonderfully soft and light, as well as incredibly warm. I purposely wanted to create something with a little less bulk than usual, and am glad I went with my gut, even though it extended the finish line from about a month worth of knitting time to two. The end result is so completely worth it.
This lovely gift is being wrapped up and delivered tomorrow so mom and dad can have it readily available for when baby arrives in about a week. We’re all so excited to welcome their little man into the world.
Congratulations, Mike & Val!
About Hunter Liam
Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.