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  • Kay–Beautiful! Adorable! Tender indeed. I crave a stoop, still can’t get over the loss of ours when we moved to deepest suburbia two years ago. If I sit on my front steps, or have a photo shoot in the front yard (who would do such a thing?), people have to holler to say hey, and it’s unseemly to holler, so there’s a lot of waving and not much else. Dreadful.
    A technical question about blankie: I see that each square has a kind of a yarnover/eyelety part, a garterish part, but jinkies, what’s with the leafy part? Is that all done of a piece with the rest of the square? I can’t imagine how to do such a thing. Thoughts?
    x0 Ann
    And what sort of yarn are we seeing? What tension?

  • Gorgeous blanket and beautiful baby.
    Ann,you’re crackers !
    Love you both.

  • Ann-maybe Judy will post something to answer your Qs. I didn’t ask all these Qs. I was mesmerized by the baby! So sue me. It was a worsted weight non-wool, I’m guessing a cotton/acrylic blend, very light and snuggly. I did ask about the construction of the blanket, and I think I’ve seen a similar raised-flower pattern somewhere recently in the DBliss and/or Rowan stacks of my personal library. The 4 petals of the flower are each a corner of a different square; the squares are pieced together to create the motif.
    Yes, Stoop Living is a culture that should definitely be revived. One simply sits on one’s stoop to announce, ‘I am Receiving Visitors.’ My grandma had a porch like that in Omaha. She and I would ‘receive’ pretty much every evening from 4 or 5 ’til suppertime. It was the start of my fascination with Old Women’s Reminiscences and Opinions on Modern Developments (All Of Which Are Bad). I also learned to play canasta when they needed a fourth. This meant not only rollicking fun playing canasta and discreetly marveling at lavender hairdos, but, usually, an ‘ice-box pudding’ with a graham-cracker-crumb crust and cherry pie filling on top. That was the best. xox Kay

  • I have made a smaller version of this blanket – the joins are not where you would expect, each square has one rasied leaf/flower petal, some garter stitch and some eyelet pattern. You join four squares together to make the ‘flower’. It’s a fairly old pattern – must go back to at least the l930’s. Still very beautiful, though! You see it resurrected from time to time as a cushion, made in thick wool of 4 squares.

  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! I *love* that photo. Gorgeous, gorgeous blanket. And homemade challah! Lilly’s grandchildren are fortunate, indeed.

  • somewhere someone’s blog has a link to the site of someone named jackie-blue who i could swear made that exact same blanket somewhat recently. (aren’t i incredibly helpful and specific!!)

  • Carolyn, Jill, Becky et al., I love this reviving of old patterns for new babies, and on that subject, I commend to everyone the very last pattern in the new issue of Knitty, called the Hoover Blanket. A wonderful story to read and a nice, plain blanket with a neat double-knit feature. I didn’t really care for any of the yarns used in the latter-day versions. Needless to say, I’m pondering whether it would work in Denim, but I think it’s too heavy. This blanket may be the very best thing to come out of the Hoover Administration, and further proof of the saying, I can’t remember by whom: ‘I married beneath me; all women do.’ When in doubt, it’s Dorothy Parker I guess. cheerio from Kay

  • I found that blog that Carolyn mentioned; the picture of the blanket is here: http://www.jackie-blue.com/knit/leafblanket.html This is a Rowan pattern, and it appears somewhat different from the one in these pictures.

  • Gorgeous blanket, gorgeous baby.
    (oh, and Ann, fabulous Birch & destructions!)
    Colinette have certainly got a leafy blanket pattern in their Toast& Marmalade booklet, but it hasn’t got the eyelets & garter stitch.
    p.s. homeopathic Antimonium Crudum has stopped the morning sickness – yeay!!! (the fatigue is killing me now!)

  • ….a similar version of that blanket appeared in rowan 33.