My Little Sparrow
by Julie Ross
(Bonney Lake, WA, USA)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child in September 2009, what a joy! In January 2010 I went on an event called Yarn Train. I, and many other knitters, took the train from Seattle to Portland to go on a walking tour of the knitting stores there. It was then that I purchased the yarn for my baby's blanket, it was almost the softest I have ever touched. In February 2010 during a routine ultrasound I found out that all was not well and that my baby and I were at risk and my baby and/or I could die. The same night that I found this out I cast on my baby's blanket. It was my confession of faith that all would turn out well and I began to call my unborn baby My Little Sparrow. On June 25, 2010 my baby boy Elias was born the picture of health (10lb 7oz!) and I finished the blanket in the hospital that same day. On Christmas day he turned six months old and the blanket is well-loved and I hope it will be with him forever.
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
I used Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton. I can't recall the needle size exactly but they were probably 7s or 8s. The yarn was just too soft to pass up. It was love at first touch. The colors were gorgeous and would work for a boy or girl since we had chosen not to find out what we were having in advance.
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
When I was shopping for the yarn I found a pattern that the shop owner had written. Once home I modified it to make it multi-colored. I wanted something simple. I also wanted colors that would work for a girl or a boy.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
My only problem was pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. It put a crimp in my knitting for sure. It took me about 4 months.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
I started knitting two years ago so none of my other children have a knit blanket. Knitting has become a true passion and I have really been enjoying making other things for them, especially stuffed toys. There is just something so satisfying in making something to wear, love or use that used to be simply a ball of yarn.