It's story time, children...
A long time ago (the nineties), in a place far away (Massachusetts), I had a college friend who was dating a guy, Pete, who went to a local engineering school. He lived in a ramshackle three-decker in a dicey neighborhood. He had three male roommates and they were all fairly lonely because their school was 80 percent male. My friend thought I would get along with one of the roommates and she urged me to visit with her sometime. I didn't want to. Eventually they had a party for this roommate, who was graduating, and they invited me. I went, reluctantly, because my friend was so sure we'd get along. I met the roommate, who turned out to be the funniest, most interesting boy I'd ever met in my whole life and that was that.
My friend and her boyfriend were over within three months. But the boys' friendship continued. They became friends as freshmen and they kept in touch after my husband graduated a year early. The Bear, whose only sibling, his older brother, died when they were teenagers, considers his friend Pete a brother. In fact, they refer to each other as "my brother." They were born three days apart in different countries (Pete in Poland), and they complement each other perfectly. Pete was one of two "best men" in our wedding (the other was the Bear's childhood best friend; he couldn't choose one over the other). Pete met a lovely, brilliant woman who moved to the US from India to attend graduate school. They got married and are now having a baby. He'll be here later this month.
I started working on a baby blanket soon after I heard the news. I'll be honest; I don't make a lot of baby gifts. Call me selfish, but I have my reasons. For these people, though, making a blanket is my great honor and pleasure. You may be wondering who Sidney is. He's the baby, to me. I think of him as Sid the Computer Science Kid. His parents are both computer scientists. I don't know what his actual name will be but to me, he's Sid, or Sidney.
Sidney's Square is a giant granny square. Not all that giant, really, just 33 inches across. It's big enough for the carseat or stroller, or maybe a nap blanket when he's older.
I just loved working on this blanket, which I started in the fall and finished just last week. I enjoy making big granny squares. Granny clusters are soothingly repetitive and it's interesting to watch the square grow round by round. The entire look changes depending on the color of the outermost round.
The border is simple. I finished the granny cluster rounds with gray yarn then used the same yarn for a round of single-crochet stitches. Then I added a round in blue, and another round in gray, again in single-crochet. Just a neat, clean border with a masculine feel for a baby boy.
I chose the colors for this blanket with boyishness and classic style in mind. Some blue, it seems right to me. But lots of earthy colors and gray too - I love gray for baby items. I love gray, period. It sets off other colors so beautifully. I liked having unexpected colors for my babies - not just pink for my girl or blue for my boy. My favorite outfits incorporated oranges, yellows, browns. I loved dressing my daughter in the same clothes my son wore, having saved the funkier, cooler outfits for future babies to wear when he was finished with them.
I made this blanket with acrylic DK and sport-weight yarns, on a G/6 (4mm) hook. The blanket didn't take very much yarn, maybe two or three skeins' worth altogether. My yarns include: Stylecraft Special DK in Petrol, Midnight, Grey, Spice, Gold, Walnut, Camel and Parchment; Yarn Bee Sweet Delight Baby in Teal, Too! and Peapod; King Cole Pricewise DK in Natural. The border uses Stylecraft Special DK in Grey and Petrol.
So today, the tenth anniversary of the day I learned my own first baby was coming, I share this blanket made for dear friends. Sidney's Square is on its way to his parents in Massachusetts. Crocheting this blanket for him made me very happy. I know he is going to be one heck of a baby. I couldn't be more thrilled for his parents, especially his dad. I hope he knows how glad I am for his brief, drama-ridden romance with my girlfriend back in the day.