Yup, the title says it all – I’m going to be an Aunt! OMGI’mSoExcited!
As much as I love my own little Punky I’ve gotta say – so far this Aunt thing is the way to go. I get all of the pregnancy fun without having to actually experience the nausea, tiredness and mood swings. Plus, no one is telling Auntie Heather not to go overboard with the baby stuff. Ok, well maybe some people are, (hello parents-to-be!) but I am Auntie Heather and I don’t have to listen. HA!
Of course, as soon as the
happy nervous and nauseous dad-and-mom-to-be left our place I had the needles and yarn out. Three days later, ready to for a first Mother’s Day present, were these:
Teeny little newborn baby socks, knit from the leftovers of the sock-blank I dyed and knit for Mom-to-be. I had been keeping these little leftovers just for this very occasion.
With the perfect little socks out of my system the real work began – obsessively pouring over baby blanket patterns on Ravelry. I had a couple of really gorgeous lacey leaf patterns picked out when I realized – they wouldn’t be so gorgeous after a couple of washings and no blocking. They were more on the heirloom blanket end of the blanket spectrum. I wanted the everyday-use end. Finally, after a couple of late nights I settled on Ysolda Teague’s Hap Blanket. The yarn called for in this pattern is an alpaca blend. I’m sure it’s gorgeous, but alpaca tends towards fuzzy – not the best choice for delicate new noses, or the easiest to get baby puke out of. And again – it would need some blocking, possibly hand washing. I am all for the natural fibres, but no new mom I know wants to hand wash a blanket all the time. This called for some decent acrylic. Be disappointed all you want – I’m an equal opportunity knitter. I don’t like bad squeaky acrylic – but I don’t like poor quality wool either. And before you get too ruffled up, maybe you should just take a look at how it came out.
It’s soft and very squishy and has a superb drape. I love it.
This blanket is the first of two I have planned. This is the Parents Blanket. While I do love the heathered grey with the brighter blue stripe, you know that bright colours are usually more my thing. Not so with my brother and his bride. They really go more for the neutrals, so this blanket was chosen and knit with them foremost in my thoughts. Conservative colour and classic design, it brings them to mind whenever I look at it. To me it also looks safe and warm, but is not too precious for the wee one to drag about. This is my gift to them.
The next blanket is a bit more of an undertaking. It is not done – I am still working on yarn prep. Let’s just say – there is nary a neutral in sight 😉
Have I mentioned that I’m excited?