Last Monday we got the notice, the parcel was in the mail. I think everyone involved was watching the tracking and by Thursday it was just getting silly as we could see mama was online and we wanted her to go get her mail!
Finally it happened and she started sharing the photos with us. Some of the over achievers had sent along extra items that definitely won prizes for cuteness. Two little hats in different colours and booties to keep the baby toes warm. (In Florida??? says the northern girl) The bib was highly appropriate with a wee stegosaurus on it, (click photo to see it larger) befitting the impending raptor. Note the colours are still Florida gators.
There was also this beautiful sweater using the Baby Vertebrae pattern which is a particular favourite of mama’s and one she herself has had in her queue since the oldest child was a baby.
But really, I know what everyone wants to see. The blanket! The truly amazing thing about this is that so many of us came together to make squares in exactly the right gauge so this could happen.
Mama said I could use this photo, with her red cheeks because we made her cry and of course her oldest, and soon to be big sister to two brothers had to photo bomb.
And just to be sure, soon to be middle child took the blanket for a test roll and approved highly.
Why yes, this is a Haldecult story.
Some time back quite possibly the most dedicated member of the cult announced that she and her husband were expecting their third child. Then, somewhere in cyberspace, it was nicknamed the raptor. I swear I tried to find the original conversation but I failed, maybe someone else wants to give it a shot.The next thing we knew there were messages flying around directing us to a secret group that was titled Baby Raptor Knitting Surprise. You see where this is going don’t you?
After much discussion (and let me tell you, this group of ladies can chatter!) of genders and colours we settled on the University of Florida Gators colours to keep dad happy as well as being gender neutral. We selected the Templeton squares from Knitty by designer Franklin (not the turtle) Habit for a blanket to be assembled by the person who came up with the idea. Bless her heart, she also taught herself to crochet to do this. About now is when Haldechick swung into action to ensure there was enough of her Tepper base available in Blue Sun, Vodka & OJ, Hogtown, Hogtown Special and some undyed to make sure this could happen.
Undyed & Hogtown Special
Blessings on her too because she not only did that but whipped off two blanket squares. Pretty aren’t they?
Then everyone banded together to get those squares done because who doesn’t want to share in something so fun?
Vodka & OJ
The squares starting rolling in from various parts of the world and it was coming together. The final result? Well that’s for next time.
Yes, that’s what we call it and my FO isn’t even knitting but before I get to that I need to give a well deserved shout out to my friend.
I’m talking about my friend that was just here visiting from Europe. No I don’t know how many yarn shops we visited, sorry. But after she moved on she got to one more and she mailed me the most glorious gift. That, over there, on the right. It’s a yarn called Frolicking Feet from Done Roving Yarns, the colourway is Highland Haze. Yes, it is purple and green all at once in one yarn. Does she know me or what???
As for the FO, in my last post I shared a photo of a lamp I picked up at the thrift store. Well guess what? Here is what it looks like today.