Yes, I'm late. Have I really led you to expect anything else? Didn't think so.
Maria's Baby Blanket
Maria is having a baby boy in... um... September, I think. Her shower was this last weekend. It kinda snuck up on me. I had planned on making something really nice. Intense was the word I kept using in my head. But then intense takes time and I barely got this done, which is not intense at all. But nice, all the same. I used Red Hart SuperSaver yarn in Lt. Blue and Ocean. I used about 13 oz. of each color. I liked this combo because it seemed boyish to me, without being overwhelmingly so. Maria seemed to concur and thought that if the next one was a girl, it would work for her, too. So there's that.
It's also huge. Too big, according to The Husband. According to Jessi, there is no such thing as too big blankets which is why we have a rainbow granny square afghan in our basement that would cover a king sized bed with a twin bed shoved up against it and still be too big. It's about 48x40, which, okay, pretty big for a baby blanket, but I like it. I did a gauge, but I must have messed it up, because my 48 edge was supposed to be 36.
This is one of my favorite patterns and I've made it two or three times. It's quick. Probably this one was about eight hours start to finish and like I said, it's bigger than it should be. You use a super-giant hook (Q) and work two pieces of yarn at the same time. To keep it from being too lacy, the pattern is based on a single crochet stitch, but it still works super-quick. Really, there's not much to it, but it looks different because of the mega size of the stitches. The double yarn keeps it from being too lacy, too. You can find this pattern in "More Double Quick Afghans for Baby." Also, please let me know if you find the original Double Quick Afghans for Baby because I love this book, but I'm just wondering what the first string looked like.
In other crochet news: my friend Nicole is also pregnant. Due in December. She isn't going to find out the gender. I am flummoxed by this and am amazed that anyone can handle that kind of suspense, and to choose to... Well, let's just say that I don't get it. Anyway, she is a crocheter, too, and so I feel like there will be plenty of hand made blankets and afghans around, so I was thinking of making a little sweater and hat combo. I can easily do a newborn size for travel in January, or I can do a 12 month-ish size for the next winter. Either way. My question is... what color? I hate pastels in general, and especially baby green and yellow, which are just so insipid to me. I was thinking about brights as gender-ambiguous, rather than pastels... But brights just seem less baby, which could be good if I do a 12 month-ish thing. Or, I could do white. Which is always nice for baby stuff, but I don't know, it just seems done. To death. By me. I guess I'm getting tired of white yarn. My other question is, Are cherries for girls only? I have a really cute pattern for a hat with little two little cherries on it and I could easily adapt a sweater pattern to match, but I think cherries are girly. Am I right? I mean, fruit, right? Shouldn't be, but seems like it is.
In other non-crochet news: My house will kill you. Or maybe it's me. In any case, while we are still reeling from the loss of our fabulous dog, the fish up and dies too. Goldie is no longer with us and is in fishy heaven. She lived a long, almost two year life, which is good when you come from the fair, yo. And, I'd be sad, but this part of me says, Yippee, I can take a break from fish tank cleaning. I must be evil.