Wherein I pause from wall-to-wall Tour de Fleecing to share a special gift.
The most adorable Murray the world has ever seen was born last Friday, July 15th in Oxford, England. The happy parents are my artist-Cuz and her DH. Apart from initial fatigue in her 1st trimester, Cuz was radiant throughout. I am so, so happy for them. This was the super secret baby gift, a Baby Shane blanket:
As it was at our house while blocking:
The pattern is by Canadian indie-dyer, Tanis Lavallée, and came as a kit with the Yellow Label dk yarns by Tanis Fibre Arts. Just to give the baby a taste of home!
Surprisingly, the pattern gave no suggested colour combos for this kit. I spent many an hour shifting the skeins around and squinting hard. Colour theory books were dusted off, and pored over in between shifts & squints. The pattern for the border was easier to hit because I had a much better idea of how the yarns’ variegation played to the eye at that stage.
I added little starfish appliques. The pattern for these is from Sue Flanders’ Sandcastle & Starfish Beach Tunic in America Knits. Giving the kiddo some Caribbean flavour!
The ends were a bit of a chore. As was picking-up stitches on the diagonal.
Cuz got the package, today. They are thrilled & sent me the sweetest email ever! Love knitting for the knit-worthy, I really do.
All of the day-lilies have been in full bloom this week. Susie’s just round out the spread, beautifully.
[I edited for good reason – Cuz sent the pic of Murray with his blankie!]