Bounce Baby Blanket

Last month, after I finished my log cabin blanket, I swore that I was done with knitting any more blankets for the foreseeable future. It turns out that the foreseeable future lasted about three weeks, at which point I got sucked into the magic of the Bounce Blanket.

Who could resist the fun of 20 mini skeins of yarn (plus two full-sized ones) that would work up to create a rainbow? Not me. Also, since it’s DK weight yarn (Victory DK from Knitted Wit in the Little Black Dress colour palette), I figured the knitting would be pretty quick and I could be back in no-more-blankets mode in record time.

This was such a fun knit, even with all the ends to weave in (most of which I tried to do as I went along). I loved being able to keep track of my progress based on how many tiny balls of yarn I had left to knit — and Adam and Leah, my two enthusiastic cheerleaders, made sure to let me know just how quickly I could finish if I would just knit one more colour section.

Now that it’s blocked, it measures 36 x 42″ — it’s pretty much the perfect baby blanket size. However, I have no babies at the moment for whom to knit, so the kids are trying to outbid each other for this super squishy rainbow. I’ve been offered stuffed animals, cold hard cash, and unlimited hugs. I’m holding out for one of them to offer making coffee for me every morning for a week — otherwise, I think I’m just going to hang on to it.

And as it happens, I no longer feel burnt out on blankets, so I think I may have a few larger-scale projects on the horizon.

Adam Day 2018

Happy, Happy Adam Day!

It’s been 12 years since Todd and I walked out of the SWS offices in Seoul, tentatively holding Adam and wondering just what we had got ourselves into with this whole parenting gig. Somehow, no matter how many books and articles we’d read or adoptive parents we’d spoken with, nothing had prepared us for the monumental task facing us. To say we were overwhelmed is putting it mildly.

And if we were overwhelmed, I can’t even begin to imagine what those first days and weeks with us felt like for Adam: scary and unsettling, I’m sure. Six months passed before he and I clicked — it took until about his first birthday for us to settle into a secure, nobody’s-going-anywhere kind of relationship.

However, once we clicked, we really clicked. Everyone jokes that Adam and I are so much alike that it’s scary but it’s also completely amazing to parent a child who is so much like you that you know what he’s going to say before he opens his mouth.

Today we get to spend time reflecting on what an incredible blessing Adam is to our family — Adam Day is a day of mixed emotions so we take our lead from Adam on how he would like to mark the occasion (or skip it entirely). This year we’ve got sushi and cupcakes and boardgames and I’m grateful for the time we get to spend together and celebrate all that Adam means to each of us.

February Socks: Rivergrass

While we don’t do much to mark Valentine’s Day chez kimbelina, I think I’ve managed to knit the most perfect socks for this month: they just scream valentines and chocolate and love.

The yarn is in a colourway called Scarletberry and I love the shades of pink in it. So girly and fun and seasonally appropriate for today. This is my first time knitting with Twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors — I picked up two skeins when I was at TNNA last June and I’ve been hanging on to them waiting for just the right pattern. These Rivergrass socks seemed like the perfect project.

I love the way the socks look but I’m not sure that I’m equally enamoured with the resulting fabric. The yarn is thin compared to my usual sock yarn and I think I should have gone down a needle size (maybe 2 mm instead of my usual 2.25 mm?) to ensure that they wear well.

Perhaps instead of socks, my second skein is destined to become a scarf or shawl: something that doesn’t require me to knit with toothpick-sized needles and will make the most of the skein’s generous yardage.

Now that these are finished, I’m on an 11-day socks break until the next HerStory Sock Club knitalong begins, so it’s time to turn my attention to some non-sock projects. I’ve got a baby blanket on the needles, a hat that is more that halfway done, and a couple other projects in the works — thankfully, with the Olympic games on in the background, I’ve got a lot of scheduled knitting time planned in the next little while.

The Newsletter Shawl

I love a good shawl: the kind that is big and warm and serves as a bit of a cocoon against the elements. As it turns out, Leah also likes this exact type of shawl, so just about every single one I knit ends up being shared.

Oh, well. She’s a much cuter model, anyway.

The Newsletter Shawl is one of Shannon Squire‘s designs — its name comes from it being a free pattern for her newsletter subscribers — and it’s such a fun, easy pattern to knit. Pick two skeins of fingering weight yarn and GO!

I used two skeins of Victory Fingering from Knitted Wit: the variegated colourway is called Unicorn Night Mares and the teal is Buckle My Shoes (I like to think of teal as a neutral so it shows up a lot in my knitting projects).

This shawl is perfect for wrapping and wrapping and wrapping some more around you since it measures just over 90 inches long (it’s about 19″ deep at the centre point and tapers out to almost nothing at the ends). Just the thing for snowy days outside or for an extra layer of cozy comfort indoors.

Or, if you’re Leah, it is apparently also the exact right size for wrapping up baby dolls and stuffed animals so that they can’t escape, in case you were wondering.