Anyone else irrationally annoyed by the SuperBowl ad for the Dodge Charger where the man lists all the things he does to "deserve" the car. Because it's a man's car. And he's soooo busy doing things like putting the seat down and sorting the recycling. Because it is really grating on me. Not just because it's misogyny at it's finest, but because, dude, what do you want, an award for being a decent human being? I'm so sick of men whining because they have to "help" with the kids or run errands or get up in the middle of the night or whatever. It's life. Suck it up and be, oh, I don't know, A MAN about it!
I've been annoyed lately at Blogger. Nothing serious, just little things. One of which is how hard it is to write ahead. I like to write a post when I think about it and then publish it when it fits. Last Tuesday or so, I wrote a Friday meme and then published it on Friday. It seemed to bury it back right behind Tuesday's post. I don't know how this showed up in readers, but I like it, and it angers me that it got buried. So, here's your Friday meme! Written Tuesday! Published Friday! Linked to Monday! Because there's nothing like stability!!
And now, with no further ado... What's in my Crochet Bag - Gender Worries Edition
Remember back in August, when I had to make a shower present and I didn't know the gender of the baby and I was "Woe is me! What shall I do? Are cherries girly?" (You know, I shouldn't re-read my stuff because I often want to smack myself.) Anyway, I decided that what I was going to do was find a nice gender neutral pattern and do a brown sweater and then add pink or blue when the baby was born. Except that I never got around to doing it and then the baby was born, so I'm covering her in pink and lavender. Because, whew, no more worries.
Anyway, I love the blanket! It's very lacy. Completely inappropriate for weather like we are having. Or really anything. But so pretty. I really had a nice time doing it too. It worked up fairly quickly. My only complaint is that the pattern wasn't very repetitive, so I had to keep going back to the book. I never got to the point where I could just work it and not go back for reference. The good part of that is that I didn't lose the book before I got to the edging. (Which I've never done, no, not me...) What I do like about it is that it looks good no matter what way you turn it. I also love the edging. I altered the pattern just slightly and didn't go up a needle size on the edging and I think it worked marvelously. It turned out nice, but really chunky compared to the fine gauge lace look of the blanket, which I like.
Here's the sweater. I really like it, although I'm always amused at the proportions of baby sweaters. Anyway, I do think this one is actually baby sized so that's good. Okay, yarn choices: Bernat Softee Baby in Pink Parade is the variagated. Again. The purple is Red Heart Soft Baby in lilac. Also, check out those buttons. I bought a couple of cards of these Beatrix Potter buttons in the fabric store with no idea what to put them on. I just couldn't skip out on them. I've lost one card, but these are just perfect. I didn't even have them when I made the sweater and they fit the holes perfectly. It's a match made in heaven.
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Bonus - I learned a new trick thanks to Mr. Lady. So, the first person to notice