Category: blankets

Photo detail of machine quilting

Magic Blankets

Around here, magic blankets are not something you can buy in a store.  You’ve got to know the right people. Back when our first baby was born, we took swaddling seriously (shout out to Harvey Karp, he’s spot on), but the things sold in stores as receiving blankets at that time were little better than oversized burp rags.  No exaggeration!… Read more →

My Inner Child Wants Everything to Be Rainbow-Colored: Afghan Edition

Raise your hand if you remember me starting a scrap project to use up the yarn left over from the scrap blanket I made for my daughter when she was born. Yes, I am a serial scrap blanket maker.  I pull out a pile of yarn (or fabric or cut up t-shirts… my desires to both thrift and make things… Read more →

When Life Gives You Lemons…

…you knit a doll blanket with ridiculously cutesy yarn! Today I went to the yarn shop — with my preschooler — thinking to indulge myself in a single beautiful skein of something to make something with.  (I was deliberately keeping my options open.)  And there she was, being such a good girl in such a grown up store, skipping down… Read more →


My Castonitis has gone critical. Here’s my latest symptom: Mitered mittens; pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman; yarn is Malabrigo.  What can I say?  My hands were cold Friday and Saturday.  By Sunday all arguments that I at least finish my scarf first–because I could use the leftover yarn and have matching accessories, a thing unheard of in this house–were broken down… Read more →


What is this? Crochet?!  Not just crochet but a giant granny square. Not just a giant crocheted granny square but I am watching Elizabeth Zimmermann‘s PBS series Knitting Workshop while I work on this!  The granddame of knitting – ha! Oh and I am breaking my no-TV resolution to boot!  Ha HA! And what happened to the Lace Ribbon?  Oh… Read more →

Squeaky is as Squeaky does

Elinor’s blankie has occupied much of my knitting time this winter past.  It was an awesome take-anywhere project although that came back to kick me in the butt when all the blocks finally needed to be put together.  But once I decided on the crochet seaming, it took only 1-2 evenings with Masterpiece Theatre (Oliver Twist, I believe). I ended… Read more →

C’mon baby…

Baby #2’s Patchwork Blanket is done. Lion Brand Wool-Ease in 13 colors, held doubled.  Squares are crocheted together and the whole thing is finished off with a simple crochet border.  See the project’s Ravelry page for more details. What are you waiting for? We have a bed for you, a dresser full of clothes, and an enthusiastic big brother.  What… Read more →

Hello Blog

I am still alive and well … and nine-months pregnant.  Days to go to the official due date and we believe the baby has dropped so we are definitely in the home stretch.  Waiting, waiting, waiting.  Washing baby clothes and packing bags and waiting some more. Oh and the knitting.  It’s all baby knitting all the time these days.  The… Read more →

Numero Tres

Third on my list of baby knits was this: The Sweater from Argentina, or so I think of it.  The title on my rumpled paper is “Baby’s Jacket Knitted in One Piece.”  The yarn is nothing special – ball band is long gone but I believe it is sport weight Wool-Ease in a heathered purple colorway.  I went digging in… Read more →

Inspired by babies, part 2

Urban Aran Cardi quick update: I can knit about a skein per day if I focus on it, which isn’t happening although I often come close.  A skein a day doesn’t sound bad but this will take about 20 skeins.  20 days.  Except more than that. I am about to start my third skein, sigh.  Now my mental goal is… Read more →

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