Monday, March 26, 2012
Girl has loving blankets that are turning into rag balls, they're named Nani. These are receiving blankets from the hospital and seem to be irreplaceable, I've tried. Boy also was a loving blanket guy but seemed to lose interest somewhere around 3 or 4 years old, Girl is still going strong. While Boy was very discriminating between his blankets (I had multiples in case of vomit or loss), Girl is very inclusive, the more Nanis the better. She'll hold all of hers together in a bundle along with the half a dozen stuffed animals she has in the bed.
She has four Nanis, three are in a similar state of disintegration as the one above and one is just a ball of thread. Girl has asked me to try and save them. As I was a loving blankie kid myself, I'm very sympathetic. My own loving blankie had a tragic ending when on a family car vacation, the duffel bag that it was in flew off the roof of the car that it was tied to and was never recovered. There were several attempts to replace it but nothing really measured up, this was a great loss to me. So I was very worried about attempting this operation as I knew that any change to Nani, like the feeling of the new fabric, could potentially be rejected.
I found some flannel the she liked, trimmed the shreddy edges off the sides of one Nani, quilted the Nani to the flannel in one inch squares (there's no batting), reinforced weak spots with zigzags, and turned over the edges and sewed it down as binding.
So far she seems to be accepting it, she was very happy with the operation. I haven't touched the other two Nanis yet in case she changes her mind.
Meanwhile, I've been working on Ambergris by Ann Weaver. This is a great fisherman style sweater with a modern feel that kicked off the whole series of garments Ann designed that were inspired by Moby Dick. I particularly like the center lace pattern that looks like a whale tail weaving in and out of the water as I'm knitting it. When it's blocked out it looks more like a spine to me. I'm almost done with the body and will soon be marooned on sleeve island.