.....that the "Baby Genius Burp Cloth" blanket (Kate's Christmas present) is finally finished!! I really hope she loves it. If I can go by the way she reacted to the two scarves I made for her in the past, I really think she will be very happy. This blanket is very hard to photograph. Today here we are having a very gray day, so this is about as good as it gets:
Here is a picture of it on top of my bed...a bad photo, but I think you can get the idea of it's size on top of my queen sized bed:
It came off my needles last night. I was starting to get really tired of it. A burp cloth is one thing, but a throw blanket that is approximately 50 X 66 " is quite a bit of knitting. I was getting distracted very easily and was very tempted to cast on something else...but I persisted and now it's done and I can finally move on. I love the way it turned out inspite of it all, but I am very sorry to say I did get a bit bored with knitting it. This stitch pattern produced a very nice heavy fabric that I think will be very cuddly. I got the idea for doing a blanket like this from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. The yarn I used was Joann's Sensations Rainbow Classic Brushed, which is a very soft yarn. I used almost 3 skeins. The skeins are huge. Each one has 11 oz. and 615 yards. I have a very small amount left, but I did buy an extra skein--- just in case. I definitely will make something else with the leftovers.
Now I can move on to some smaller projects. The only thing on my needles right now is the prayer shawl I started, but haven't done much so far. I think I'll be working on my Christmas knitting from now on.
I also have an update on the "Kid's only Shopping" at the Holly Fair at my church last Saturday. The pocket slippers were a big hit and were sold very fast. The kids seemed to like them! I have to start knitting them earlier for next year's fair.
Most of today involved a great amount of baking in preparation for tomorrow, Thanksgiving. I made two pumpkin pies which were made with the fresh pumpkin I cooked last Saturday and I made a large apple pie. This a pretty good sized apple pie.
I used 4 1/2 pounds of apples, yum. Apple pie is my husband's all time favorite. Now that the boys are all getting older I think I'm going to have to start making two apple pies for Thanksgiving! I also made my baby(...12 years old this coming Friday) a birthday cake for tomorrow. We always celebrate his birthday on Thanksgiving. He is a Thanksgiving baby being born twelve years ago on Thanksgiving Day! Here's a picture of his cake, not very professional, but he was very happy with it when he saw it and that's what counts, right? The cake is chocolate with a buttercream icing: