I’m a knitter.  One of the things that I most enjoy knitting are baby hats.  Hand knit baby hats are a staple of my baby shower gift giving.  In fact, I enjoy making them so much that I have a bit of a stash built up.  One of the reasons that I enjoy making those little hats is that they are fairly quick, and fairly easy to customize with different colors, stripes, patters, etc.  Yes, I have made a hat (or five) for Baby Nigl, but I wanted to make something that would take a little more time and energy, too.  Baby blankets are one of those things that I feel like either seem like a boring, simple, pattern, or they seem super complicated.  I searched Ravelry for patterns, and didn’t really find much that I really liked.  Then, I looked through the Vintage Knits for Modern Babies book, and found a potential project: Wavy Cashmere Blanket.  I still wasn’t sure it was easy enough for me to get done in time (note to self: next time maybe start knitting more than two months before baby is due) but I had some yarn that fit the project, so I thought I’d give it a shot.


The yarn that I used was Knit Picks Comfy Sport in Whisker and Lilac Mist, and Knit Picks Cotlin in Surf.  I already had some of all of those yarns on hand, so even if the project didn’t end up working out, I hadn’t just gone out and bought a bunch of new expensive yarn for it.  (Side note:  I am a huge fan of Knit Picks yarn. Knit Picks Comfy Sport is what I use for baby hats pretty much all the time, and I really like how soft it is and the color variety – not to mention it is fairly inexpensive.  The downside of course is that you have to order it online.)


Once I had gone through the pattern a few times, I knew it was a winner.  The pattern is only 4 rows long, and really only one of those rows needs attention paid to.  It was just the intensity of a project that I wanted.

For the first 3/4 of the blanket, I really enjoyed it and it seemed to go by pretty quickly.  The last few rows though, seemed to last forever! I swear I measured the length of the blanket 5 times before it was actually close to what it was supposed to be.

I really like how it turned out though!

It’s no secret that I love Christmas music. I would probably listen to it year round if it was socially acceptable.  (Though it would a little strange to listen to snowy music when it is warm and sunny outside.)  In the past (on my other blog) I’ve done a few lists of my favorite Christmas songs from different decades.  This year, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Christmas songs every day on this little blog! So here goes.

Today’s song choice is The Christmas Waltz by Frank Sinatra

Really this whole album is a classic, but I particularly love this song.