Again, actually. I'm guessing that two will be my limit, but the two I have are darling so I'm OK with that.
I finished the blanket. Just in time. Wove in the ends this morning.
It wasn't a gift for the baptism, but today was the right day to give it.
I am 80% pleased with it. Blocking certainly helped it along, and I think it would have benefited from another round, but see above. There's a sort of unintentional wonkiness to it that I don't adore, but it's soft and warm and cozy, which is all a baby cares about, I suppose.
I decided to crochet the panels together, because Jared Flood knows everything, and I think I'm pleased with the result. Unlike his gorgeous blanket, I think there's definitely a wrong side, but the other seaming options I tried just weren't cutting it--plus the stretching Jared talks about was a real concern here. The border is four rows of garter stitch, which necessitated weaving in eight ends instead of two (knitters, if you think about it, you'll know why), but I just wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn to do five. Of course, I have an entire small ball left--always the way.
I had planned to make his actual baptism gift, but am trying to be more realistic about my to-do lists and decided that something handmade by someone else would be lovely and just fine. I wanted it to be traditional but not stodgy,
and I think this qualifies. It's from this wonderful, accommodating etsy seller, whom I would recommend in a heartbeat. He basically worked his tail off to make sure I'd have it in time (because who doesn't order an important gift on Thanksgiving when the event is a week away?).
The air was cold, the kids were cheerful, and the church was gorgeous.
A beautiful day for a baptism.