It’s been just over two years since I started learning to knit.
My sister Amy learned from her friend and former roommate Gillian, and when we were in Philly for 12 days of Thanksgiving in 2012 Amy helped me pick out my first set of needles and some good yarn. (Said needles and yarn were in a bag with some library books that was later stolen from the band van while we were at the City Museum in St. Louis. I still enjoy imagining the thief opening that bag and deciding to turn over a new leaf, learning to knit and reading Cutting For Stone.)
There’s something soothing about the act of knitting. It’s repetitive and fairly simple, but requires precise attention to detail. I’ve found it to be a great way to pass time on an airplane. Distracting, yet productive.
So in early 2013, when I found out my brother’s wife and my sister were both pregnant with their first babies and not planning to find out before their births whether the babies were boys or girls, I decided I would find a good gender neutral knit blanket pattern and make a blanket for each baby before they were born. The one other knitting project I’d completed up to that point was a square-shaped dishrag, so maybe my goal wasn't entirely realistic.
I found this pattern from Purl Soho, and got right to work. And almost a year later, I finished the first blanket. I gave that first blanket to baby Vera, mostly because her mama helped me figure out how to make it and the whole time I was working on it I talked about it as Vera’s blanket. She seemed to like it.
By the time I was ready to start on baby Jay’s blanket, I knew he was a boy and a Broncos fan. It took me about half as much time to finish this one - partly because I was familiar with the stitches and the pattern, and partly because I was determined to send it off in time for his first birthday.
It’s crazy to me that this little dude is already one, and that miss V will be one next week.
I can’t wait for our little buddy to meet them both! I started work on his blanket last week and I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it before he arrives. I went with the Sky colorway for this one, mostly because it makes me think of the sea, which has loomed large in my mind throughout this pregnancy.
Maybe it’s foolish and overly ambitious, but I kind of like the idea of turning this into a tradition - making a blanket for each new baby born into our family. I like imagining myself as "Tía Jenny, who knits blankets for the babies".