coming up for air

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Forget coherence.  I’m getting all this down on paper (?) because otherwise I’ll never get around to it and I’ll only end up posting “finished object” posts which are cool but not as fulfilling (to me) as the play-by-play stuff.  So here’s what’s on my plate these days:

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I’m using this recycled sari silk yarn to knit Unbiased (Knitty link, Ravelry link).  A friend of the family is getting married in India and I thought this would make a nice gift for his wife-to-be.  Yannick had told me the wedding was in June…only it turns out it is in May.  Clearly I didn’t have the gift ready for him to bring TO India for his wife…so she’ll get it once they come back to Montreal.  I went to Fabricville with Maaike last week and picked up some nice blue satiny stuff to use as a lining.  I’ve almost completed the first triangle/side, and have 3 more to go.  Then the strap, then the lining.

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As a bris gift, Henri received this beautiful blanket from Restoration Hardware.  His name was spelled correctly on the gift card and packing slip…but they made a little boo-boo on the gift, as you can see.  They took care of it for us by sending us a new, properly-spelled blanket, and told us not to bother sending the bad one back since they would have no use for it.  I thought it would be great to see what I could do, so this past weekend I sat down with my trusty stitch ripper and…

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Ta da!  Not bad, eh?  Except for 2 spots where I accidentally cut through the blanket, you can barely tell there was stitching there.  I’m going to try to find a place to do matching lettering on it, only put Jakob’s name instead.  Now the boys will have matching blankets, 2-for-the-price-of-1!  Anyone know of any Montreal sources for professional embroidered lettering?

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My cousin is getting married this summer, and her bridal shower is this coming weekend.  Amy, Robyn and I have been knitting squares to put together for a blanket for her, and I finished mine over the weekend. 

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Do you believe this?  I ran out of yarn 6 stitches away from binding off my last square!  Luckily I was able to salvage a few inches from a tail end from one of the other squares, joined invisibly and bound off.  Talk about using every last inch!

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Both girls have also finished their squares and dropped them off here today so I could finish the blanket.  I’ve woven in all the ends as invisibly as I could, since we decided against lining the blanket as it would counter the cool stretch inherent in garter stitch.  Now I’ve got to mattress-stitch the blocks together and then use up our leftover yarn to work a border around the edges.  I’d love to work a garter border but I really don’t think I’ll have time before Saturday’s shower, so I think I’m going to do a few rounds of crochet.  I’ll try out double crochet since it will give me more height faster, but if it looks too loose and sloppy then I’ll go back and just do single crochet around.

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Mommy with Henri at 15 weeks old.

I have to say, Yannick is much better at taking photos of me than I am of myself!  Now you can see the blonde-er version of my hair, plus the blue streak.  There is only one section of blue, kinda behind and below my right ear.  I’m getting used to it and think I might even keep it around for a while!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wrap up a kangaroo and joey, as my other cousin had her baby and the bris is tomorrow morning.

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Author: Jennifer Lori

maker, baker, cake decorator, mother, wife, partner, friend, gamer, reader, nerd, dork, geek, nail polish addict (not necessarily in order of importance)

3 thoughts on “coming up for air

  1. Hey, glad you went for the blue streak! I think it looks great! 😀

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  2. Can’t wait to see the log cabin blanket after you finish all of the seaming together and the border. That looks like a lot of sewing ahead of you.

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  3. The log cabin blanket is going to be awesome, really. I’m so looking forward to seeing it finished!

    And that picture? With the hair? And the eyes? That’s one hot mamacita, little lady 😉

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