I started this blanket for Miss Annabel Edrie long before we met her. Before we knew 'who' she was, before we had snuggled her up, before she had filled out all those beautiful baby rolls as she has these past three months. I worked on it all through my pregnancy, and yet, still wasn't quite finished at her time of birth. Telling myself that a summer babe really didn't need all that wool yet anyway, I knit on, here and there, in the few moments of summer knitting I could find, hoping I'd finish it by the time the crisp autumn air arrived.
Well. There's nothing like a little hurricane with four days of no electricity, followed immediately by a very long drive in the midst of leaves beginning to fall from the trees, to getting one's knit on. And so my baby girl now has her blanket.
It's a Pinwheel Blanket. The original, classic pattern is found here. It's knit with String Theory, purchased here in Maine at Purl Diva. It's a fun knit - starting in the center on just ten stitches, and working out. Those last rounds were so crazy big (750 stitches on the very last one), it felt a little slow going at the end. But I'm glad for the circle - I really wanted to make her blanket different than her brothers and sister's mama-knit blankets (wanna take a trip back in time? Adelaide's blanket, Harper's blanket...Ezra and Calvin were pre-blog.) More notes and details are on my Ravelry page.
Annabel approves of her new layer of wool (though it's second fiddle to her much-loved thumb). Truth be told, she approves of everything, this happy girl. It seems there's always something or someone to snuggle, kiss, and entertain her, and she thinks it's/we're all rather funny. Such is the life of the fifth baby, I do believe...your blanket may be three months late, or not at all, but there's far too much excitement happening in the waiting to bother with fretting about it. Oh, Annabel. We love her so.