First, thanks to all for your comments on the whole foot surgery business. I do think I’ll go ahead and try to have it done next month, and figure out the childcare situation as best I can. Hrm… maybe I should ask for a TV for our bedroom for my birthday. You know, if I’m going to be “resting” and all.
On a completely unrelated note, I continue to be in the crafting groove. I even (speaking of early birthday presents) got a spanking new sewing machine. Wohoo! I’m all but finished with the quilt for my niece, and have another one ready for sandwiching as soon as I decide what I’m actually going to do with it. I was itching to work on something else, so I pulled out fabric I had cut and started for a quilt ages ago (probably over two years ago). Turns out, the combination of fabrics I picked back then was ugly as sin. So I saved the big pieces for my scrap stash, and just plain ditched the rest. Alas.
And then, lightbulb! I remembered a project I thought of a few months ago. Taking up much-needed storage space is a stack of the kids’ old recieving blankets. Well-loved, frequently-washed flannel with somehow nary a prune-juice-spit-up stain on them (thank you, Oxi-Clean). A little too ratty to pass on to someone else, but too full of newborn memories (to think, we used to be able to swaddle them in those blankets!) to throw in the trash. Out comes the ruler and the rotary cutter, and the dozen or so blankets are rapidly becoming stacks of six-inch squares, destined to become rag quilts.
My only debate right now is what kind of blanket I’m aiming to make. Do I want the warm, snuggly kind that you curl up under on a chilly night? Or do I want a smaller, lighter one that can be dragged around and slept with as a comfort item? It’s a difference not only in size but also in construction. A heavier, warmer blanket would have batting in between the layers for warmth and weight. A little lovey blanket could just be two layers of flannel with nothing in between.
And, while they’re starting to learn new words and signs, I can’t exactly ask my kids which they’d prefer. Maybe a little lovey blanket, since they already have their other quilts… Crafty moms of older kids, any thoughts?