Archive for June 29th, 2009

We gathered at 9:00 this morning full of excitement….friendship, knitting, eats and  flowers (Eleanor brought sweet peas from her garden)….we were showering Natasha with baby gifts…we knitting “aunties” had knit up a wardrobe for Natasha and John’s son to be born late July.

It was so fun to see Natasha’s joy as she opened the gifts as well as  the joy of the giver. Natasha is a great Cal fan…so you will see that some of the gifts have a Cal theme. I identify the gifts by giver only to share their creativity. Eleanor knit a cap and matching socks…as well Crystal Palace’s Cotton Chenille washcloths. Rebecca also knit a treasure chest of garments – hat and sweater (I think there was something else). Shari knit a bib in Classic Elite’s Provence – 100% Egyptian Cotton (one of my favorite cottons)…the pattern was from One Skein by Leigh Radford. Susanne added the football theme booties. P.J. knit Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Tomten Jacket using Cal colors. She also knit the sweetest sweater. And Natasha’s mother is almost finished with a beautiful alphabet blanket. We as the Saturday am knitting workshop group used Brown Sheep’s cotton fleece to knit the Moderne Baby Blanket from the Mason-Dixon book. In many cases, the gifts were just off the needles or soon to be coming off. In the case of the Moderne Baby Blanket the drying had just finished minutes before we met.

Blocking and color fast tips. In the case of this most recent Moderne Baby Blanket, Cotton Fleece was once again chosen because it is such a wonderful yarn to use for baby blankets. After weaving in the last thread last evening…the next task was washing and blocking. In the case of the  Cotton Fleece blocking  washing was quite successful.

Read Full Post »