sometimes sweeter than mama's iced tea, sometimes more bitter than a collard green, always hot and juicy like good fried chicken
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
death of a baby blanket
i haven't had much time to knit or make things over the past couple of months, but in what little time i HAVE had, i have been working on this yellow baby blanket. (how cool does it look in my blue bag?) there are so many babies being born this year for whom i want to make gifts--i am afraid some of them will be a little late. this one was supposed to be for jeff and carrie's baby, who is going to be born TODAY (if all goes well), but circumstance and love forced a bit of a change. this blanket met with a different fate...
this top picture is my friend alyce's son, adam, when he was only a week old. i made him a yellow baby blanket before he was born, and he has been covered up with it from day one of his life. it's his "banket", and is a miracle worker for him--it goes where he goes. it soothes his hurts and calms him for sleeping. and when he was very small, it developed a little hole, which adam stuck his tiny hand through and held onto. as he has grown, so has the hole. until, well--the hole got so big that he could put the blanket over his head like a poncho. a couple of weeks ago, he was doing this at day care, and the day care folks told alyce that adam would have to leave the blanket at home--they considered it a safety hazard. so. alyce called me, and begged for a new one. adam was in the background yelling for me to PLEEEEEEASE make him a new banket! how can anyone say no to that? so i busted ass to finish up the yellow blanket, and sent it to adam as soon as it was done. i didn't even wash it first, figuring alyce will be washing it pretty much every day anyway. and well--you see the results! he LOVES banket 2.0 as much as he loved banket 1.0, which i believe is now packed away. alyce said he keeps showing everyone the new blanket, and telling them, “jackie made it for you.” breaks my heart with cuteness! and i know i have said it before, but man, does it not make you happy when something you have made is loved, literally to death? maybe i will just go ahead and make a bigger one so it's ready for him on his 4th birthday. :)
no worries, by the way, the new blanket for Freeman_Baby v2.0 is will on its way to completion as well. it's a completely different color--there's only so much yellow knitting i can take!