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leaving footprints

In the rhythm of the needles there is music for the soul. Knitting, making, creating handmade gifts for others is a genuinely gratifying experience. Here again, is another gift for someone special in our community. After wrapping it up and delivering it the other day, guess what colour the recipient’s shoes were? Yes, fire engine red.

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I tend to sway from conventional thinking when it comes to items relating to babies, from clothing to room colour. To attest to this, here then is the completed pinwheel baby blanket in a rich bold red. No barely-there pinks, blues, greens, or yellows. I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out — my first time doing an Emily Ocker cast on (one in which the knitting begins at the centre and works outward). It’s a gift I made for a special couple in Parksville expecting baby number one.

This proverb, “One who walks in another’s tracks leaves no footprints” is likely intended to describe my sometimes-way of doing things. So that fire engine red baby blanket is one of my footprints.

For those who knit or own beautiful hand knit items made with natural fibres, here is an excellent short video on how to properly and safely store those items until you need them again next fall. One of the best things she talks about as well is how incredibly dangerous moth balls are, so even for that reason this is a very important video. (Next week I’ll also have a question and request for those of you who wrap up and gift your homemades.)

Until next Monday my friends, may you embrace the harbingers of spring around your ‘campfire’ and leave your own footprints.

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steph - March 7, 2016 - 6:28 am

ahhhhh, so nice to see someone else whose ‘bubble is slightly off-center’ (my daughter’s way of describing ME!) LOVE the blanket!!!

dinahmow - March 7, 2016 - 11:20 am

Oh! I’ve never really liked the pink-or-blue thing for babies.I much prefer the jazzy, colourful outfits .Practical, too, as the drool doesn’t show quite so badly!:-)
And on the subject of wrapping…I’m from an age of paper-savers .When I was very young we rarely bought new Christmas papers and I remember helping Mother to wrap Christmas gifts in plain brown wrap…and then I pasted coloured stickers or cut-out jam labels on them.
In my adult (not the same as grown-up!) life,I favour the Japanese furoshiki method.It’s two-in-one, as the wrap becomes a throw, or scarf.

Lisa Gordon - March 7, 2016 - 2:22 pm

Diane, this is just gorgeous!!!
I love the color, and like you, I tend to move away from the traditional pinks and blue.
I am sure this was not an easy creation, and you can see all the love that went into this.

Andi - March 12, 2016 - 4:06 pm

Ooh…that blanket is gorgeous. Such beautiful knitting, Diane. Wonderful to hear that your knitting is feeding your soul, as it should be.
Thank you for sharing the wonderful video about storing handknits. )