When I first learned to knit I was told that I should work on things that were square. Square? Square is boring. Square is scarves, over and over again, I thought. I told myself, “hope I don’t have to do that for too long.” As it turns out, I didn’t. I am a very ambitious crafter. I made a scarf. Great! This was easy. Then I decided I needed to learn to make socks. Wonderful! Then I randomly knit a hat using my limited stitch knowledge and Google to learn to decrease. Score! So making a baby blanket couldn’t be that difficult could it?
Yes, Yes it could. While at work one day I had a co-worker call up to ask if I still spun yarn or knit or crocheted or something. She had a friend who need a baby blanket for a pregnant sister. I asked all the questions I could think to ask and came up with a plan. However, after going to the yarn store and making the purchase, knitting the blanket for like 3 weeks non-stop (between wrist problems) and blocking and bagging, I bought the blanket into work. As it turns out, it was rejected. The lady was very nice but she said it wasn’t what she was looking for and she still paid for the cost of the yarn.
This was the first time I had ever really faced rejection in my tiny crafting world. I was shocked and somewhat angry because I felt like she didn’t provide enough guidance in the process. A couple of months later, I am very glad she didn’t take the blanket. Since I blocked the blanket it looked really nice. However, it was 100% nylon and requires consistent stitches to make a nice square long term and let me tell you, blocking does not work. So this was such a great experience on so many levels. Guess I will get back to working on my squares now!