Throughout this pregnancy I've been drawn to soft, ocean-inspired hues that provoke a sense of calm and quiet. I can see the irony of this attraction; life with three children is going to be anything but calm and quiet and yet, I feel like this baby (which will most probably be a pisces, a water sign) is patient and relaxed. I've never enjoyed the water quite as much as I do in this pregnancy; it feels entirely natural to be floating. And I can't help but think that this baby, who brought us to the beach, will be born in the bath.
When Che was little I stumbled across a pattern for a super easy baby blanket (there's now a pattern for an adult lap blanket, too). My first year of motherhood had prompted me to search out knitting patterns, despite the fact that my knitting skills were of the most basic kind: cast on, knit, cast off. But if there's one thing I learned from my search it's that you really can make a practical, beautiful item with limited knitting knowledge. I chose bold colours for Che's blanket and used an organic Australian wool that proved to be rich in hue and soft in texture.
In the autumn and early winter of Poet's pregnancy I gathered my knitting basket and spent my afternoons with needles in hand. The colours I chose were largely based on the remnants I had gathered from op-shopping trips and my Mum's past projects. I disregarded the pattern and its thick stripes early on, embracing a more haphazard approach to colours and lines. Strangely, the cacophony of colour is perfectly representative of Poet; dreamy yet stubborn, busy and fun.
Whilst the mere thought of holding wool in my hands makes me feel hotter than I already am, I know exactly what colours this baby's blanket will be. A woollen sea palette; sage green, milky white, washed grey, sand yellow, oatmeal and pale blue. Call it a plan or a resolution of sorts but I hope that come the cooler months, I'll be able to knit for the baby that lays on the bed beside me; warming it's toes with a mama-made blanket.
What is a great brand of soft merino (or the like) that has a good range of colours?
Do you tend to get crafty in your pregnancy?
Are any of your children pisces?