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November 29, 2010

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Donation Baby Blanket

Filed under: Finished Projects,It's a Cat's Life — Cat @ 12:45 pm

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).

Baby Blanket

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.

Baby Blanket detail
(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!

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter

5 Comments »

  1. That will be a warm and cuddly baby!

    Comment by Mom — November 30, 2010 @ 8:48 am
  2. Well, of course I buy quilting fabric as a souvenir, especially in Alaska! It also helps when the wife of a childhood friend of your husband’s owns a quilt store in Anchorage :)

    Great job on the baby blanket, I’m sure it will be very much appreciated!

    Comment by Nancy G — November 30, 2010 @ 12:23 pm
  3. Glad you had a great and relaxing long weekend, Cathy! :) What a beautiful blanket – I predict that in just a few short years it’ll be some lucky child’s security blanket and said child will be extremely unhappy if and when ma or da tries to pry it from said child’s hands! :D

    I totally need a haircut, by the way. I always procrastinate because I have a hard time sitting still in the chair. :)

    Comment by morningbrayfarm — November 30, 2010 @ 10:48 pm
  4. Love that blanket. It’d make a great afghan for sofa surfing if it were just a little larger, wouldn’t it? I guess I like wavy stripes.

    Comment by gale (she shoots sheep shots) — December 1, 2010 @ 7:05 pm
  5. Love, love, love the blanket! A very special child will love it! Glad you had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend! (I am behind on reading blogs!)

    Miss you tons, my friend! :)

    Comment by Nachaele McGarry — December 2, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

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