Monday, May 26, 2008

Knitting calms my soul. Especially the simple patterns. The repetitive nature and the act of just being. I enjoy thinking about the thousands of women in the past who created countless numbers of cherished blankets, afghans, scarfs, socks, and numerous other gifts of love. It has been awhile since I actually sat down and really worked on any knitting projects (and there are many of course). When we went up to the farm in Michigan I had to bring a craft project that was portable and not too detailed. I've been working on a baby blanket for my niece, Giada, since she was born on April 13th. My goal is to have it, and a little cap, done by the time she is Christianed on July 6th. I decided to fore go anything too frilly or lacy as both of my girls tended to like the simple blankets best. As infants, neither one of them liked how their feet would get stuck in the holes of the lacier blankets. With that in mind I designed this blanket with a simple garter stitch border and a seed stitch for the body of the blanket. It's about 24" wide and will be about 30" long when completed. The stitch marker is handmade by Melissa Zinkosky. She owns DeZigns in Chelsea Michigan. I bought them at the Spinner's Flock meeting in April. The craftmanship is beautiful, a gift to myself. The yarn is wonderful! Debbie Bliss Baby Aryan. 40% acrylic, 12% cashmere, and 48% merino. I'm hoping that Giada will think it's wonderful too.


Sandra Evertson said...

Mmmm, the color of this is just luscious!
Sandra Evertson

The Other Side of Me said...

Hi Cassie,

That yarn sounds so wonderful. I am sure that your niece will love that blanket. I never learned to knit. I do crochet however. I would like to learn to knit one day. They are making such beautiful yarns these days. Have a good weekend.

Paul Sears Photography said...

My mom is a huge knitter and I think she shares your same point of view about the sort of "zen-ness" of the repetitive action being similar to like meditation.

Dee said...

What a beautiful blanket! I admire your patience with the seed stitch...I love the look, but do not have the confidence to try a blanket in it yet.
Looks great!!