My sister is a terrific knitter. She can knit practically anything. She’s really fast too. She’s made me lovely gifts. I think she has a small obsession with buying yarn, but I love her anyways.
I am not a knitter. I’ve knit a few blankets, but they’ve been few and far between. Actually, I’ve knit two. In about five years.
When my friend Caroline was pregnant, I knit her a baby blanket. It all went relatively smoothly, even if I had to call my sister pretty often to figure out how to pick up a dropped stitch. Here’s a tip: don’t drop your stitches. And if you do, don’t try to fix it over the phone.
About four years ago, I found out my friend Sandra was pregnant, so I thought “Hey, I can knit her a blanket too!” Yeah. Not so much. I started it. It was lovely. All pink and white and soft. And so loooong to make. Her daughter will be four in June. She never saw the blanket.
When my friend Suzanne told me she was pregnant, I asked her if she would be ok with a previously-started-for-another-baby blanket. She said yes. Perfect. Now, all I had to do was dust if off and remember how to knit.
Fortunately, my sister came over and figured it out for me. Then my sister left and I finished the blanket! Woohoo! Just in time for the baby shower. Small problem. How, exactly, does one cast off? How am I supposed to remember how to do this when I only did it once, over four years ago?
It was the morning of the baby shower and I really wanted to give Suzanne that blanket. So I had only once option. I wrapped it up, knitting needles and all.
Then I had a brilliant idea. I stopped in to see my grandmother before the baby shower and she finished it for me. She even re-wrapped it.
Suzanne loved the blanket. So did Stella. Well, she hasn’t seen it yet, but she only just arrived to the world yesterday.
It’s got a few (ok quite a bit) dropped stiches and mistakes, but I’m really proud of it! It will keep baby Stella warm!