Monday, March 26, 2012

saving Nani

Saving Nani

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.

one of the Nanis

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.

flannel for backing Nanifolding over the edges

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.

Nani with the backing attached

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.

Ambergris

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.


11 comments:

Chris said...

That's so sweet! What a nice mommy. My kids weren't into blankies, but they have stuffies they still can't live without, esp. the girl. I love that Ann Weaver sweater!

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

awwww.There's nothing like a special blanket.

Kim said...

Great save! Nani went from zombie blanket to quilted love blankie. Love the whale smegma sweater. That center pattern really does look like a whale tale.

Jamie said...

o sweet. I'm a blankie girl too and this post touches my heart. I'm glad to see the operation seems to be a success. It looks wonderful.

Evelyn said...

Lovely images! My daughter had a beloved blankey when she was younger and the same exact thing happened. It was hard trying to salavage the threads, but I did (like you, adding some nice flannel) and it meant the world to her. She's now 13 but remembers that time with such affection.

Deborah-- said...

You are Super Mom! I wasn't attached to a blanket, it was a stuffed animal that I still have to this day. While it is pretty threadbare, I wouldn't ever part with it. Can't wait to see the finished sweater!

caiming said...

love how the blanket was transformed!

nicole said...

How lovely that you breathed new life into an old Nani. Sweet.

That sweater is going to be gorgeous!!!

yaya said...

You are a gem. Here is the guilty mom who never retrieved your beloved loving blanket when it flew off the car roof on our camping trip. Memory is powerful. Lucky, happy Lydia to have her super, creative mom.

Angela said...

Aw, Dr Mommy to the rescue! I had to replace M's blankie a few yrs ago when it became shredded. After searching everywhere and I couldn't find a replacement, I found the same color yarn and machine knit it. Luckily, she was still young enough that the transition wasn't too hard. Now it would be very hard to pull the wool over her eyes, but I know I can get the same yarn.

Noreen said...

Oh my...I had a favorite blanket that eventually turned to an unrepairable scrap. I haven't thought about "tickly" in years! Great repair job!