Recently, my mother-in-law mentioned that between her children and stepchildren she has 11 grandkids. Thinking of Christmas she let out a heavy sigh and said she was hoping everyone was done having kids. She should know better than to tempt fate because shortly after my husband's brother told everyone he and his wife were expecting baby #2. Or as my I like to call the little booger "Dozen." As in you make it complete dozen. If there is a baby #13 I shall call it Baker. As in a baker's dozen.
Since we don't plan to have kids, if I happen to be the proud mama of baby #13 I am going to call it "What the...." The way I see if the little free loader wants to hang out in body rent free for 9 plus months I reserve the right to call it whatever I want and humilitate it with embrassing baby pics during those teen years. Trust me, if I have a kid, this would be the least of their many problems.
We recently visited Mr. English's family and his brother's wife, Tara, told me she still had the bootie and baby hat set lovingly knit for their first born. I was touched. My now ex-sister-in-law never acknowledged let alone thanked me for the handknits sent to her adorable babies. And Debbie Stoller herself complimented said booties.
Needless, to say I was a bit bent out shape and have never forgiven the slight. Generally, I don't tend to hold grudges. But my feelings were hurt because what meant so much to me held zero value for her. So I was more than a bit verklempt when I realized Tara truly appreciated the gift. I decided right then and there that a baby blanket had to be made.
The current contender is the Chevron Baby Blanket from The PurlBee. Since the parents to be want to be surprised about the sex I need something gender neutral. The mom to be is a bit traditional so the design is perfect. Having never been a fan of traditional baby pastels I am drawn to the colorway.
I toyed with buying Knitpicks Simply Worsted Cotton. It would certainly lower the cost. But I am making a keepsake so for now I am leaning towards Blue Sky Alplacas. I would love to hear what you have to say.