Baby blanket and sewing lessons

Hello all! It has been a while since I've posted because I am here at the Novitiate friary where I can only use the internet once a week. On that note, I also apologize that I have not read or commented on anyone's blog either. I just wanted to write to express my joy at beginning a baby blanket for a neice or nephew who has not even been conceived! When will my sister and her husband decide to have children... I do not know. However, I have no intention of rushing them, because I do know that it takes me quite some time to knit anything. On the other hand, here in the novitiate I have more time to knit than I did in postulancy. In any case, I'm excited to be trying out this new pattern for the blanket -- lace and fans. It is my first time doing yarn overs, which I thought would be tricky but actually are not really so. I'm making it on size 7, 32" circular needles.

As for the sewing lessons, one novice a year is tutored by one of the Franciscan Sisters across the street and up the hill from the friary. I was thrilled to have this opportunity, and look forward to my Wednesday classes with Sr. Theresa Anne. Just call me the Martha Stewart of St. Francis Friary -- gardener, knitter, occasional cook, and now soon-to-be tailor!

Pax et bonum,


Bill's picture

Great news Ian!
I think you'll enjoy sewing...I love it...and have been sewing and tailoring longer than I've been knitting...
Please let us know what Sr. Theresa Anne has you sew...linens for the Friary?
...or vestments?
I'd love to know...

Tallguy's picture

That is so funny! Beside your post, in the window on the right, was a picture of the Hemlock Ring blanket... and that is in feather and fan pattern.

I knit a blanket for my niece so many long years ago, and in that same pattern. It's a very simple design, but does look great. I was very new then, and used some acrylic, which stretched horribly when I washed it, but no one really knew the difference. I am much wiser now! :-)

Sounds like you are living a very contented life. Time to knit and sew.. what more does anyone want?

Mnjack's picture

Good luck with the sewing. I have always wanted to be able to make my shirts & pants but so far have never taken lessons. Keep us posted on your progress and also on the baby blanket.

vsidart's picture

Pax et bonum!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Good Luck and congratulations. I look forward to hearing on how things are going in future posts. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.