Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Whatcha knitting that for?
Daffodil Design is coming along faster than I imagined- I just finished Part D which means I have knit 17,718 total stitches and 8,148 of those in Part D. (Though the stitch counts at the end are killer- over 1,000 per round!). I'm very happy with the way it is looking, and feeling optimistic enough that I may may another of the Kinzel designs immediate following. (We'll see how I feel about that on those last rounds.)
This was mostly knit over the weekend, because I had a good amount of time to sit down. Yesterday I did 20 stitches before I realized I was way too tired to do lace, and today I'm feeling about the same way, though I did 3 rows.
The pictures will be a bit blob like from now on. My circular needle is only 24" and the blanket is bigger than that now. I also tried to take a bit of a close up so you can see the new progress on the design. I need to decide when to buy larger needles. The blanket will definitely need them, but I'm hoping I can skip a size and just get real long ones that will finish it off. I have to order them from knitpicks (my local yarn store doesn't even carry the size) and that is always a temptation of tons of other stuff.
So why the break from socks? Well 1) I love lace and 2) I found out my sister is pregnant. Isn't it a knitters reaction to make something? For her son Cole and my SIL's son Conor I quilted blankets.
So why is this kiddo getting an heirloom lace blanket? Well, my sister is pregnant with twins!
Our family has an heirloom baptismal gown that the majority of the family has worn. (We even had to cut the neck opening a bit wider for Cole since he wasn't baptised as a newborn, and at 9 months had a bigger head than the gown allowed for.) With twins, they will likely get baptised at the same time, so only one can wear it. I wanted something just as special for the other baby. So I decided I would make something that can be passed down in the family, and will hopefully be just as special generations from now. So this blanket (which is actually meant to be a tea cloth...) is meant to be a christening gown, not just for this baby, but hopefully for all the babies yet to come through the generations.
Now, I'm not sure my knitting is quite good enough for that (there is already a minor mistake), but I'm certainly putting forth my best effort. If it's not heirloom quality, well the baby can use it, and then I can have a tea cloth :)