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Monday, January 01, 2007

Rainbow's End, New Beginnings

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
I've been trying to get my year-end post together about the holidays and some fantastic swap goodies, but sickness invaded our house for a third time in December. So, I'm going to wait until I have more time for that one — maybe combine it with my blogiversay, which is coming up January 6th!

Since today is a new beginning I wanted to post this blanket I made for my friend Sara's new baby, born December 24 at about 2:20 in the afternoon. Now, this isn't just *any* new baby. This is a baby that I got to see come into the world — a first for me! Sara made it look so simple. She's truly an amazing birther — it's her special power. Me, I take up to seven hours to push out a baby; she took FIVE MINUTES! I heard Silent Night on the way to the birth and it made me all teary about mothers and babies.

Sara's a relatively new friend, about a year and a half. We were destined to meet. We have about ten different ways we are connected (husband, brother, craft fair, homebirth, etc.), but it took about 35 years to get together, even though we grew up and live in the same town. If I had known her just a little bit longer she would have been at my son's birth last May. She did fulfill the special job of making my belly cast for me. You can see the belly cast in the photo with the rolled blanket. Thank you, Sara, for all the good birth juju. I really didn't mean to invite myself along to your birth. ;)

I started the blanket back in August or September. It's definitely the longest knitting project I've ever worked on. I'm sure you all recognize it from Mason Dixon Knitting. I knew Sara wanted rainbow colors for her blanket, and, just happened upon the MDK book while I was with her. We both loved the example of the garter stitch log cabin that had the rainbow divided by warm and cool colors. What could be easier than an all garter stitch blanket? Ha!

The Mason Dixon book gives the basic instructions for how to make the knitted log cabins and leaves it up to you to choose the yarns, size, layout, etc. I picked all washable yarns: Superwash wools (Bazic Wool,Primo, Cascade 220 superwash, and a couple others); Wool/Acrylic blends (Lion Brand Wool-Ease; Plymouth Encore); and a couple of thrifted acrylics because I wanted the bright colors.

I finished the blanket a few days before the baby came. I'm really happy with it. It's got a nice drape. It feels snuggly. Welcome to the world Avalon.



Blogger Blaize said...

"I found my love in Avalon
Beside a bay;
I left my love in Avalon,
And sailed away;
I dream of her and Avalon
From dusk 'til dawn;
So I think I'll travel on,
Way on to Avalon."

Or, if you prefer, even though it's not really a quilt:
"I made a quilt for Avalon
A nice baby;
I left my quilt for Avalon,
And drove away;
I dream of little Avalon
From dusk 'til dawn;
Wrapped in blanket warm and strong,
The baby Avalon."

Tue Jan 02, 09:48:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Hi Michelle!
Good to see you over the Holidays!
I may have to keep up with the times and start a Blog of my own. It looks like fun. I'm totally enjoying your Blog and the idea of a Blogiversary. If I get a chance, maybe I will start a Blog on Jan. 6th and we will have the same Blogiversary. That is if my little man, Zach, 15 months old will let me. He is very demanding right now and seeks full attention. We'll see. This morning he was clutching my legs, crying and didn't want me to go to work. This is very typical of him right now. This is the downside of being a full-time working mom. There are days when I wish I was an at-home mom like yourself, but I can see that both types of moms have their pros and cons. Since my husband Bruce watches Zach for a couple days of the week, I don't feel like I am totally leaving him to a daycare full-time. Overall I like the work I do, so it's not a bad deal.
I enjoyed meeting your two sons! They are very cute and have your eyes.
Keep in touch!
xo, Valerie

Tue Jan 02, 10:04:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Valerie said...

Oh and

Happy New Year!!!!
2007! Can you believe it?

Tue Jan 02, 10:05:00 AM PST  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

What a darling little blanket. Welcome little Avalon, and lucky you to find a great friend.

Tue Jan 02, 10:18:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Amy said...

Gorgeous blanket and I love that name!

Tue Jan 02, 10:20:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful blanket...nice workmanship!

Tue Jan 02, 10:39:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just spotted this on one of my irregular visits to flick - talk about jumping off the screen! I love your work - you're a very talented lady!

Tue Jan 02, 10:40:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Emily said...

Love the blanket- it turned out so great! I considered that same project but, alas, it would take me a year to complete!

Tue Jan 02, 11:15:00 AM PST  
Anonymous amanda said...

that blanket is just beautiful!!! Lovely gift. And what a lovely name too - Avalon. Wow.

You are so blessed to have attended the birth! And what a wonderful reminder you can be to both the mama and the babe of the 'story' of the birth. A gift for everyone.

Happy New Year!

Tue Jan 02, 11:30:00 AM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

I think that you, too, are a truly amazing birther. An 11+ pound sunny-side-up baby; most people would have needed a C-Section. But you, the toughest person I know, did it anyway, seven hours and all.

Tue Jan 02, 12:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy, happy blanket for a happy, happy baby. So lovely!

Tue Jan 02, 02:19:00 PM PST  
Anonymous kristin said...

gasp!!! ack!! i just love it!! what a gorgeous gift! and lovely post for a new fortunate you are to have attended the birth. And "Avalon"...just reading that name made my heart sing. now i'll have Roxy Music from my college days in my head.

Happy New Year to you Michelle! Wishes for a more healthy month (and year) to you all.

Tue Jan 02, 04:36:00 PM PST  
Anonymous brenda said...

Happy New Year Michelle! I have my blogiversary on Jan. 5!....I just checked my archives! Great Blanket....

Tue Jan 02, 07:28:00 PM PST  
Blogger futuregirl said...

I love the blanket. It's wonderful that you were able to attend Avalon's birth. What a wonderful connection for her to have with her blanket and for you to have with Avalon.

I to hear about love inevitable relationships. There is a pattern in the chaos of our world, and sometimes you can see it. And, in the case of your relationship with Sara, it's almost visible.

Tue Jan 02, 07:31:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a special gift, for both you and your friend. Being at a birth is such an amazing experience.

And that blanket - I went to the last day of the Gee's Bend Quilt exhibit and your blanket would do them proud - Happy New Year!

Tue Jan 02, 10:03:00 PM PST  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Wow! It's so very very superfantastic! And I will admit, I almost never use variegateds because I usually don't like them, but they're just great here. They make the blanket so deep and rich and earthy, even the cool blues. Wow wow WOW!

What a fun way to bump into the birth of baby, too! Happy New Year, indeed!

Wed Jan 03, 01:48:00 PM PST  
Blogger capello said...

it's amazing how we find friends and that feeling of "why did it take so long to meet you?!"

and avalon is a wonderful name.

Wed Jan 03, 02:43:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Beata said...

Hi Michelle!
The blanket turned out great! I love the way you combined the retro rainbow look with a certain "tweediness" (I guess you call that the "variegated yarn" part...) Hmmmm....your blanket kind of has an updated 70's look - I like it!! I'm sure little Avalon will be attracted by the burst of colors!

Thu Jan 04, 12:13:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, it's superb! the blanket, the story... everything!
bye, manela

Thu Jan 04, 09:03:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is truly wonderful. The blanket, the friendship and the quick birth ;)

Sun Jan 07, 05:31:00 PM PST  
Blogger Melissa said...

I LOVE this baby blanket, and I hope you don't mind that I've linked to you as my first post on a list of crafts I find inspiring. I'm not actually sure I've done the linking properly--if you're aware that I haven't, perhaps you can help?

Wed Jan 31, 06:13:00 PM PST  
OpenID sionakaren said...

I've just found your blog and I'm so happy I did. I love what you make and this blanket stood out for me, I love the rainbow colours! I think your blog is great and I look forward to getting the updates. Your photos are really fun too! Thanks for the inspiration.

Thu Aug 20, 03:53:00 AM PDT  

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