As Promised, and Expected

The Expected: a fast-topic-changing Friday!

The Promised: The pattern for the Renee Baby Blanket, in celebration of my niece’s being-born-day!

I have a few more details on Molly Renee…she is 21.5″ long, with curly dark hair. Personality-wise, she’s really laid-back…sleeping straight through her first night, even. She’s a pretty girl, and a relaxed baby.

drape21.JPG The Renee Blanket.

A lovely combination of lace, warmth, and wash-ability.

This pattern uses 400 grams (8 skeins) of Dale of Norway Baby Ull, or 1440 yards of a substitute yarn with 6 stitches to the inch.

img_5598.JPG Five bucks buys you an instantly-downloadable PDF file, which includes the pattern, lace chart, photos, and the Renee Blanket story.

$5.00 US, via PayPal.


img_6710.JPG I had a strange sensation when I stepped outside early this morning.

It was the sensation of not sweating.

Could it be? Might I make it through this Texas summer??


img_6705.JPG I can’t be the only one this happens to. Relaxing in the evening, knitting on a pair of socks, drinking some wine. I take a sip of wine, and DANGER! Needle! Eye!

It’s all about living’ on the edge, I suppose.

Yes, that’s orange soda. It was a little early in the day.


img_6677.JPG The dogs got…
img_6683.JPG Stinky new chew hooves yesterday.
img_6687.JPG I think giving dogs chew hooves must be like giving human children a new video game.

I didn’t hear a peep from them for hours. Aside from the crunching, of course.


journey.JPG I couldn’t have handpicked a better fortune for myself.

Have a great weekend!

22 comments on “As Promised, and Expected

  1. ah, the nefarious hoofies. i wish they didn’t smell so bad, my b’s love them as well- but my rugs (and my bed and my car and my furniture)always end up smelling like a feed lot. i can’t imagine how 4 dogs and hoofies smell! but abe looks super content 🙂

    congrats on molly renee and that blanket is to die for!

  2. I’m going to have to get one of those hoofs for Moses if it might keep him occupied for a while. Love the guy to death but he is a youngster full of fun and play and some evenings I’d like to relax a little more quiet. I was also loving the cool air here this morning and planning to take 1/2 day this afternoon to get a head start on the weekend–can’t wait for Fall. Have a great weekend!

  3. Beautiful blanket!!!! Have a great Labor Day weekend! I think we are close to surviving the Atlanta heat ourselves! No more 100 degree days!!! YEAH!

  4. that blanket is gorgeous. love it.

    i was thinking this morning when i left to workout at 6, it sure is nice out but oh, it’s still early.

    when i left for work at 9, it was still nice out. i sure hope it holds up. acl is in 2 weeks and i would LOVE for it to stay cooler. (hah, i love how low 90’s is cooler).

    the dogs are just too flippin’ cute. seriously, i HAVE poked myself in the face doing the same thing.

    have a super kickass weekend.

  5. Congratulations on your new niece! She’ll treasure the beautiful blanket and all the other great hand knits you’ve given her.

    Where do you get your hair cut? I’m in a desperate search to find someone good in Houston?


  6. Ooohhh! The blanket is so lovely! And Molly Renee sounds like a beauty. I can’t believe she slept through the night. I’m digging your hair. It makes me want to grow out this pixie thing I’ve had all summer. I know one thing: I’m getting rid of the excess blonde for winter. I feel the need for something warmer.

    Your fortune is so great! I just know good things are coming your way. I can already tell by your posts that you’re feeling better (or at least that’s what’s coming across in your writing.) Have a phenomenal weekend!

  7. That blanket is so gorgeous! Oh and I might have to try the hoofs for Joe. He’s partial to pig ears but they are so veiny and disgusting looking, I can’t bring myself to buy them. Plus he inevitably leaves them on the floor next to my side of the bed. Yuck!

  8. The blanket is beautiful and perfect too. You are such a perfect knitter.

    You are a very tolerant women, letting 4 dogs gnaw on those stinky oily things in the house! I always send my dogs outside with them. But they sure look happy with their little eyes closed like that! so cute!

    Have a good weekend. What’s on your needles now?

  9. Beautiful blanket! Veeeeeeery tempting! Do you have any photos you can post of your niece? I’d love to see! Congratulations on becoming an auntie (is this your first niece?).

  10. As I was cheating and looking at the pictures before I read the text…I thought…”where in the hell did she get orange wine…yuk!”

    Glad to hear that you DIDN’T poke your eye out with a knitting needle.
    I think it’s unanimous..that blanket is beeeutiful.

  11. When I give out new bones, Lucy runs and hides hers then proceeds to steal Barlow’s. Much growling and tiny puppy barking ensues.

    I’ve been accused of nearly taking an eye because I talk with my hands, including the one holding a needle. Of course it’s mostly when talking to my husband and I keep telling him not to worry, pirates are totally IN right now.

  12. I had to buy the pattern immediately because I have the perfect yarn for it and then I saw that it was on size 3 needles!! I have a road trip tomorrow and was looking forward to knitting but not sure if I can drive and handle size 3 needles at the same time. LOL
    Seriously, I’m not driving. But size 3 is really just my preferred sock needle size. I only have size 3 needles because they came with a set of straight needles. This should be an adventure. Hopefully it won’t end up in a “to do” bin with my fair isle mittens on size 0 needles. 🙂
    It’s beautiful and I must make it.

  13. Hours of silence with multiple Basenjis – there’s a thought. My household clearly needs chew hooves. Pigs ears definitely do not last long enough.

  14. Molly’s LONG! (Is Phyllis tall like you?)

    You know, when it gets to be winter here, I totally get why I love it here. Summer, on the other hand, is just something to ENDURE.

    Too funny about the needle-meets-eye thing . . . be careful! (Did you get a fresh new cut and color? Looks great!)

    Cute photos of the dogs & chew hooves – they’re making the O-face(s) 🙂

    And here’s to continued good fortune . . .

  15. Staci, the blanket is too beautiful! I don’t think there’s a chance in hell I could ever knit it, because I am too easily distracted; what a mess it would be!

    I’d die in the TX heat. We’ve had something like 10 or 12 days above 90 this summer. I don’t have AC in the house or car. I was having pretty bizarre thoughts of giving myself a Mohawk. Good thing the weather is about to improve in western NY! (And it’s grape harvest time in the Finger Lakes region, i.e., great winery tours! Yay!)

    Love your fortune! It’s true, you know — and it’s all up to you!

    Hooves and ears = Doggie crack! 🙂

  16. i think the creepy hand (I like to call it “thing”) in the baby blanket pic detracts from the overall like-ability of the product. 9.2


  17. oh, my, yeah… drinking (whatever) and knitting…living on the edge 🙂 Beautiful blanket, will keep that in mind (no babies on the moment)

  18. Congrats on the pattern release! I just purchased it. I’d love to make Camdyn a blanket like this some day, though I think I may make myself a scarf using the stitch pattern first 😉

  19. Molly is a tall thin young lady, it is good to hear that she is doinng well ! The dogs look happy, and I vote for Mimosa’s on the weekend mornings. Good fortune !!

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