As I blogged about last, I was recently reduced to comfort knitting. I have yet to return to Jeffrey’s Christmas Spices Cardigan, partly because I’m still not ready to face it and partly because a new project–providing comfort of a different sort–has jumped to the top of the queue. But more on that later…
First, though, Lexie finally has a third hand-knit bib.
Originally, it was going to have a much more scrappy look. I’d already started the bottom with what was left of the black yarn, and I only had about twice as much of the Fiesta colorway left. So I’d planned to shift to a third colorway to finish the bib off…until I remembered where I had some of the Fiesta:
Lexie’s Fiesta Jumper was one of my first projects. I was quite proud of it when I finished it, not so much for its looks–it was full of visible flaws–but because it was my first dress and I’d designed it myself. I learned a lot from that project, which eventually led to Lexie’s A Fair Summer Isle.
In the end, though, the Fiesta Jumper was never worn, mostly because it turned out to be just too bulky and held up a little baby trying to learn to roll and crawl. But I kept it hanging in Lexie’s closet, not sure what to do with it. Now, though, I realized it was time to put that yarn to a better use. So I began frogging the jumper.
It was a bit sad how easy it was. I certainly had no issues finding the right yarn to cut in the seams:
Yeah…pretty easy to find, huh?
Once I had the jumper in pieces, I was about to pull it apart and rewind the yarn when it occurred to me I could just knit straight from the jumper. That worked much more easily than I expected.
I was ready to cast on for another one, when I remembered I had a guild assignment to complete. My LYS, Knotty Girl Fiber Arts Studio, sponsors a knitting guild, the Knotty Knitters. We do various charity projects, and the guild president has asked us to each complete a certain number of projects each year. I’m not going to be here for much longer, so if I’m going to get any of mine done, I need to get started now. So on Saturday I cast on for an Angel Heart Blanket.
Corpus Christi has a children’s hospital, Driscoll Children’s Hospital, and we knit the Angel Heart Blankets for them. Because of the nature of the hospital, they see a lot of high-risk pregnancies and pregnancies with difficulties, and not all of them turn out well. Driscoll’s has an Angel Room, which is for parents to spend a last few hours with their baby. The babies are wrapped in an Angel Heart Blanket, which the parents are allowed to keep as a momento. These kinds of projects are near to my heart, so I definitely wanted to knit one before I left. I was lucky that I didn’t have an occasion to use one of these blankets. It’s the least I can do to help provide a little comfort to a parent who does.