Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Baby Blanket

I started knitting shortly before I learned I was pregnant. I thought it would be great to knit a baby blanket - but I didn't know much about knitting other than how to knit and how to purl. I wanted this blanket to be special given the fact that this was my first baby. I found a really easy pattern for a blanket just made from garter stitch. So I started looking for yarn - and I needed a lot of yarn - which seemed to be expensive. Everyone told me not to buy expensive yarn. The baby will spit up on this blanket and chew on this blanket and get this blanket dirty. Just go to (unnamed store) and buy some cheap washable yarn - which is exactly what I did. Acrylic. What did I know?

I really dislike this blanket and I am entirely mad at myself for listening to the masses. I spent a LONG time knitting (and knitting, and knitting) this blanket. It was sooo boring - but I really have that knit stitch down now. The yarn is not good at all. It also has has tiny hole in it from when I was working on it at my mother's house and her dog jumped up on me and I dropped a stitch and didn't know how to pick it up. Yelling and crying ensued. There are also knots in it from when I ended a skein. Again, what did I know?

I feel really bad for my son, Oliver, who has this first attempt at knitting a baby blanket for him because the next baby will have a much better blanket. I am comforted by the fact that I have a son and, in the long run, boys really just don't care about that kind of stuff.

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