Project #4: Joanna’s Blanket
At the beginning of 2013 when I found out my old housemates were expecting their first child, I was so excited for them. Firstly, because this would be one very welcomed, loved and blessed child. And it was so nice that good things were happening to good people. But also, it gave me a much-needed reason to start my next knitting adventure.
It began at the sales room in Bendigo Woollen Mill when I stumbled across these luscious colours, inspired by the world around me. I didn’t want to stick to the traditional “unisex” colours you see in shops – beige, white, cream, yellow or green. No, this baby deserved something much more unique.
And then I remembered a beautifully simple blanket pattern I had found on Ravelry a few years ago.
There’s not a lot to this pattern – stockinette stitch, seed stick at the colour change and a border of my choice. Just a LOT of stitches on each row….168 in total!
Started: March 2013
Finished: September 2013 (the baby beat me by four weeks!)
Method: knitting (with a crochet border)
Needles: 4.5mm circular needle (60cm); 3.5mm crochet hook
Wool: 5 different colours in the bargain bin at Bendigo Woollen Mill – all 8-ply; mix of wool and woollen/alpaca.
Pattern: original inspiration for the blanket here or here; border was an adaption from Lucy @Attic24 and her granny blanket border. I ran out of wool to do the whole thing, but I like the result anyway…The eventual dimensions for the baby blanket were 95cm wide by 110cm long – sadly I didn’t get a photo of the finished blanket all laid out.
I love the process by which these things grow, and are born into this world.
Forever I will remember this winter on the goat farm punctuated by numerous times spent curled up on the couch in front of a roaring fire, knitting a plain row, then a purl.
Or watching a movie, drinking a cup of tea at the dining table, knitting in my lap.
Or snuggled down in the arm chair, house sitting and lazing with fury company.
All the time, the rows would grow slowly. Some days I would knit for what felt like hours with just a little bit of progress. Some nights after work I would only manage a row.
But there was such comfort in the rhythm, the repetition, the pattern.
It was some stability in my life that had quickly grown and evolved to new dimensions – soft, warm and familiar.
From my new lounge room in Melbourne I spent a cold weekend in front of the TV weaving in the ends and crocheting the border.
Almost nine months after I found out about the pregnancy, it was done. I had created something from nothing.
Whilst I haven’t had the chance to meet and hold Joanna in person, I feel lucky to give her something that gave me such joy to make.
I hope her parents feel so proud, so blessed to have created their precious little princess.
I hope she grows up to like purple as much as I do.
And most of all, I hope she is always warm and knows just how much she is loved.