Well, here it is Monday morning.
Monday morning after a long holiday weekend! Ugh. I almost forgot to turn on my alarm clock last night. And I definitely forgot to get out of bed when it went off. Had a rather embarassing run to catch my bus this morning. But, I guess it is better than missing it, right?
I didn’t accomplish much of anything major. I took Wednesday and Friday off so I had a nice long break. On Wednesday, Mom and I went shopping. We had a really good time and it wasn’t too crowded. On Saturday, I got a haircut and picked up my nephews’ Christmas presents (shh, don’t tell them!)
I mostly just puttered around the house. I finished a scarf and made good progress on the second Bella’s mitten. I had my annual holiday “Lord of the Rings” Fest (all three movies, extended versions, of course). I watched the Wizard of Oz (yay) that was on TV. I read some books. I did laundry. I filled up a huge box of clothing and household items for donation and purged more books (*sob*) from my overwhelming collection. One of these days, I really need to drop them off at the library…
In short, a nice, relaxing holiday away from work.
Here are pictures of the baby blanket that I finished earlier in November for donation to my Aunt and Uncle’s church in Arizona. I’ll send it off to them next year (they are only down there during the winter months).
Aren’t the wavy ripples fun? It is from the Fiber Trends pattern “Trio of Baby Blankets” and is made out of Cotton-Eaze yarn that I got on clearance. They were all different dye lots (I got it WAY before I was smart enough to pay attention to such things), but the narrow stripes helped disguise the fact that the blues were all different.
(really bad color representation and really out of focus)
Kind of a modified feather and fan pattern, with the yarnovers knit through the back loops to “avoid delicate baby fingers getting caught in holes.”
I guess that I was never aware that was a problem, but I am nothing if not obedient to the pattern directions.
It is warm, soft and washable, and will give some baby a cuddly entrance into the world. Much better than being wrapped up in newspaper, I guess.
My tentative plan over the winter is to sew a few more baby blankets. I’ll use the opportunity to practice my (barely) existing quilting skills. Once I’m a little more confident, I’ll tackle my wonderful collection of Alaska themed quilting fabric that I have collected over the past two years.
What… doesn’t everyone buy quilting fabric as a souvenir?
Everybody have a great Monday and I hope that going back to work after the holiday isn’t too stressful!