About 19 weeks of work & it's all done. Yep, border included. I finished the blanket on Saturday night & I asked SK, "Do you think it needs a border?" I knew the answer, but I really wanted a pass. And he looked & muttered, "It doesn't look finished without one." He was right. So I added what I call the Mason-Dixon Border (pick up stitches, increase one stitch on both corners of right side rows, bind-off & seam corners).
It really is a fantastic blanket pattern. Rambling Rows by Cottage Creations offers 3 sizes for worsted weight yarn afghans; baby, lap, & full throw. I chose baby weight yarn because I loved the colors that Dale of Norway had to offer. For the next blanket, I will use worsted & make the actual baby size. Because I knit the pattern on US 3, the blanket has a little bit of stretch to it. I haven't blocked & probably won't. I don't think that there's a need with the 3 big P's coming. I'm sure that TBA will puke, poop or pee on it soon after he arrives. It measures about 34x42 which will be prefect for TBA all the way to springtime. I have plenty of leftover yarn, so I plan on making 2 Zeebees; one for TBA & one for Gus' doll.
I tried to take an artistic shot of the blanket keeping its intended warm, but I'm not a photographer. I almost thought of stripping down & using the blanket to cover the bits & pieces. Who am I, Demi or Christina? Nope. But here's what TBA is looking like in his current state.
I look at the picture & I'm thinking, "I don't look that big". But doctors & people still tell me otherwise. That's an XL maternity shirt people & I've got more than a month left with this babe! The bottom of the belly is going to get a freeze out very soon. And why haven't my boobs gotten bigger!? That's the whole reason little boobied people love to get pregnant. Maybe when I start breastfeeding, they'll plump up a couple cups sizes. Please Santa, I've been good girl.
I'm going to finish SK's Beer Mitts before I make any sort of decisions on my next project. Here's what I do know about my Knit List:
- I do know that I'm frogging Gus' Holiday sweater. By the time that it's finished, the holiday would have to be Arbor Day for it to be considered a true Holiday Sweater. I don't need the stress of finishing a sweater that I started just so I could knit on an airplane.
- I will start those Buckeye socks very very soon.
- I have 3 cardigans that I'm trying to decide on. Maybe I'll link up a poll as to which I should start. I'm thinking cables & a pumpkin orange color.
- I also need to suck it up and start the second half of the Honeybee stole. There really is nothing like knitting lace while breastfeeding...
p.s. We watched Ocean's 13 last night. Much better than Ocean's 12. When Brad Pitt flashed on the screen for the first time, SK went "Damn". Exactly what I was thinking, sweetie. I wonder if we'd be good at sharing?