Tuesday, October 04, 2005

back in the saddle again

For those of you wondering where I've been (all three of you), I've been out of town for a work event. A very long, exhausting, yet rewarding work event without email access. But now I'm back, for a while, at least.

While working, I was able to knit, a little. Most nights, I fell asleep with needles in hand, listening to the dulcet tones of John Stewart. I did finish a ribbed hat for a co-worker and started a purse to be felted. Also, I'm working on a felted purse (oversize clutch) pattern to submit to CrochetMe, but since my building's elevator is currently out of service, and I have no desire to lug laundry (and purse to be felted) down & up 4 flights of stairs to and from the laundry room in our basement, it waits patiently.

Yesterday, during my comp day from work, I decided to start the baby blanket/quilt for Miss Margaret Allison (due Nov. 20), since her mom-to-be's (my friend Allison) shower is coming up on Oct. 22. Her room is going to be lavender, I think, so I chose a yellow gingham and lavender flowered fabrics. I created a patchwork quilt (Mel would be so proud), and backed it in off-white flannel. For a finishing touch, I'm sewing crocheted rounds in a pattern over the squares. The rounds were actually crocheted by Allison's grandmother (Miss Margaret Allison's great-grandmother), who passed away about a year ago. Allison had given me her grandmother's thread crochet hooks, thread and some partially completed doilies last year. I think it's only fitting that Miss Margaret Allison receive a blanket that includes pieces her great-grandmother made, especially since she is named after her. I promise pictures as soon as I'm finished.


Mel said...

Sara, that is one of the most awesome baby gifts I've heard of yet (not just because of the quilting)! How wonderful to include work from Alison's grandmother in the design. If she's half as sentimental as I am she'll be crying when she gets it. Post pics when it's done, I can't wait to see it!

Stephknits3 said...

Your baby blanket sounds like a work of art! Plus it will be so treasured! It brought tears to my eyes and I don't even know y'all! :) Great idea! Can't wait to see pictures...

Ellen Bloom said...

I love your article on crochetme.com ! It's so historical and interesting! I knew that all of those vintage patterns would come in handy some day! Good work!

Anonymous said...

I think the grandmother component is going to win "MOST THOUGHTFUL GIFT EVERRRRRRR" award. Al's gonna LOVE it!