Of course it is. Last time, I really wanted a girl, and so I had a boy. Which turned out to be exactly what I didn’t know I really wanted, because he is great and sweet and adorable and perfect in every way. This time, I thought that the only thing better than a boy would be TWO of them… but I had a feeling that the same rule of opposites would be in effect, and sure enough, as we found out yesterday, I am at least right about the existence of said rule. Girl. I know I won’t be sorry for a second. I have no idea where I read it, but somewhere, someone said that we get what we need, not what we want. Oprah, maybe? I don’t know, but it’s looking pretty true to me.
So, now, of course, the name already settled… the question is: what color Blue Sky Cotton do I want to use to make this Argosy blanket for the new one? I am so torn. Anyone, feel free to step in anytime and make the decision for me. I am pretty sure I want to do the optional-but-cute embroidered flowers in a contrasting color. Tulip with shrimp flowers, or the other way around? Honeydew with shrimp flowers? Shell with shrimp flowers? Noticing a trend in medium pink flowers, but I am otherwise indecisive.
Though, I am, as always, jumping the gun, because I did settle on something new to make my little boy first: the Mitered Square Blanket in Mason-Dixon Knitting. I ignored this pattern until now, thinking that it was way too many colors (which meant way too much $$) and way too much work… and then I saw all the fun Cara is having, and resistance became futile. I just happened to have two skeins of Tahki Cotton Classic that I had bought for an iPod cozy and then later decided I didn’t need… and so I tried out a square to see if I could handle making EIGHTY of them (or maybe only forty; I might just make it half the size since my little one is, well, half the size):
The colors in this picture aren’t exactly right; it’s navy blue and light blue, not black and slightly green as it looks here. I love it. Now I’m just waiting for more yarn in the mail so that I can make more. I was originally planning on flying by the seat of my pants in terms of colors, and just putting together fun combinations that I thought my son would like. I thought that maybe I would never repeat the same colors twice, no logic involved… easy (my mother doesn’t like this idea and thinks that I should make the whole thing in shades of blue so that my son will not later want to hide it in a closet and think it too embarrassing to put on his bed when he goes to college. My argument is that it’s a BABY blanket – well, toddler blanket – and it should be fun and colorful. I won’t mind if he doesn’t want it on display when he’s eighteen; it will probably be pretty shabby by then, and … did I mention, it’s a BABY blanket? Not a college blanket. That one will be in every hideous shade of puce I can find, to chase girls away. ha).
Now, however, I think I might have a PLAN. A plan
stolen adapted from Cara’s work. Each block of four miters should have a dominant color, and four different background colors. Half of the blocks should have a bright / dark / bold dominant color (A) with a soft / light contrasting color (B), and the other half of the blocks should be the reverse of this scheme. If this doesn’t work out, I will go back to racking up the frequent flyer miles on my pants.