Toned-Down Tuesday

Tuesday, March 06, 2012
While we didn't get as much as Calgary, I took today as a snow day.  Actually, I had booked this day off last month; it just happens that it came at the same time as our most recent snowfall.  A lazy day off with no real plans other than some reading for work (which I haven't got around to yet...sigh) and a long list of other, far more important things that I want to be doing.  Like this:
Karen's Bippity Boppity Boo Baby Blanket
A coworker is having a baby in a few months and that means its time to start knitting.  She's having a girl but I don't go in for those stereotypical boy/girl colours.  No pink blankets for this knitter!  Sure, I've knit a blue one before but I don't think of it as a gender specific colour.  I've also knit one in a burgundy/purplish colour and another blanket in a colour I can't remember.  Shoot.  I really have to take more pictures of stuff so I can remember these sorts of things.  Whatever.  I went with green (my favourite colour) this time around.  A very neutral colour that is also very soothing and comforting.  Plus its also perfect should she have a boy next!

I've also decided on a Christmas present for mom.  She's getting her own blanket.  When asked what her favourite colour was, it came as no surprise that she said blue:  Maple Leafs fan, Blue Jays fan, Allouettes fan... So, rather than doing the rainbow theme in the pattern, I'm going to do gradual "waves" of dark/medium/light blue and white.  She'll be able to use it in the winter as she falls asleep on the couch listening to the Leafs lose yet again play their hearts out; she'll be able to use it in the summer as she falls asleep on the couch listening to the Jays play ball.

Blankets are probably my favourite thing to knit, especially this baby blanket.  Like scarves, its mindless busy work for my hands but with enough changes in each row that I don't completely zone out.  If mom's blanket turns out, I might just have to make one for myself.  Next year it might also be something I could make for the niece and nephew in their fave colours... Yes I'm already thinking of 2013 knitting!  Mom's blanket, I'm guessing, is going to take me a while.

I had set a goal for myself that I wanted to knit a bunch of mittens and a few hats this year.  So far, I have one half-finished hat that I have little desire to finish.  I will, eventually, but the mittens?  I can't get motivated.  I'm tired of my pattern book and want something knew but haven't found anything that grabs me enough to want to start knitting mitts again.  Perhaps I overdosed on the Komi's.  Oh well, for now I'm focusing on the baby blanket and looking forward to Mom's present.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love the colour of the blanket in the photo! Nice choice.

Ben Ditty said...

Makes me wish I could be a baby. So much free clothes!

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