Several months ago I learned that my son and his wife are expecting a baby in February. It has been 12 years since the birth of my other grandchild. Predictably, this impending event has inspired me to take up knitting needles, crochet hooks and all manner of yarn and fabric.
Almost immediately after learning of the news of the expected baby, I raided my stash for cotton yarn and began crocheting a menagerie of toy animals. I chose variegated yarns to give my crocheted creatures a striped effect. The bear is made of yarn that produces broad stripes of white, purple, green and aqua. It sports a scarf of purple tulle that began its career as ribbon tied around a birthday package.
The horse is fashioned of yarn in narrow spiral stripes of pale pea green, buff and reddish brown. Its mane and tail are a fringe of ecru wool from an odd ball of yarn I found at the bottom of a basket.
The cat is crocheted of yarn in shades of pale orange, peach, light orange and white. Its neck is tied with a piece of yellow cotton braid.
Each animal has embroidered eyes and other features.
Eventually, I will crochet a lamb in off-white cotton.
Not content with all that to do, I decided to knit a tiny cardigan sweater. I bought recycled cotton yarn, but I was a bit disappointed as it’s not as soft as I thought it would be. It felt soft when I stroked the skein, but didn’t feel as soft after I had knit it. I took apart what I had knit and will try again with a softer yarn.
I have in my yarn basket several balls of silk-bamboo blend yarn and I am knitting booties with that. They have a wonderful sheen and are very soft.
Then there are odd balls of self-patterning sock yarn just pleading to knit into itty-bitty socks for the new grandchild.
The third baby project I’m engaged in is a crib quilt. I found in my fabric stash enough quarter-yard pieces to make the top. The fabric is vibrant blue with vivid swirls of pink, yellow, green and purple, the kind of colors that a baby’s eyes lock in on with wonderment.
The quilt has no pattern except what I culled from my head. It’s simply a series of eight squares sashed with lively green print.
So far, I’ve sewn the quilt top and the three layers have been pinned together. The little quilt is draped over the back of a chair in the front room waiting for me decide whether I want to tie it, hand-quilt or machine-quilt it.
Last but not least I found some Lopi Light yarn in a variety of colors and I am knitting a sweater in a toddler size.
I’m not sure what else I’ll end up making for the new baby this winter. But plenty of projects come to mind — another sweater in a larger size, a small crocheted afghan, corduroy overalls like the ones I made for my son, the baby’s father, when he was a toddler, and a Raggedy (Ann or Andy) doll.
It’s going to be a busy winter.
Get into the crafting groove with a series of one-night courses through SAD 22 Adult Education at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. The fee is $10 for the class, with an additional cost for supplies for some classes. The schedule is:
• Fall Holiday Card Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. $5 for supplies.
• Introduction to Basket Making, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. $10 for supplies.
• Decorative Painting Bottle Project, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. $5 for supplies.
• Christmas Wreath Making Project, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16. $5 for supplies.
• Christmas Card Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. $5 for supplies.
• Christmas Ornament Workshop, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. $5 for supplies.
Residents of Orono, Glenburn and Veazie, as part of the RSU 26 Adult and Community Education Program, may take these classes, and SAD 22 residents may take adult ed classes in Orono.
For more information or to register for SAD 22 classes, call 862-6422 noon-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. To learn more about classes in Orono, call 866-4119.
The American Bus Association announced Sept. 3 that Maine Quilts 2010, to be held July 30-Aug. 1, 2010, at the Augusta Civic Center, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2010 by a tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September-October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Maine Quilts 2010 offers excellent entertainment value to tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.
The Events Selection Committee selected Maine Quilts 2010 from among hundreds of U.S. and Canadian events nominated by state and provincial tourism offices and convention and visitors bureaus.
The Top 100 Events list is available online at www.buses.org.
Information about Maine Quilts and Pine Tree Quilters Guild is available online at www.mainequilts.org.