Last summer I bought Byrdie's baptism dress. It was a sweet simple style--cotton with a little bit of lace and a little embroidery. I'm not a huge fan of poofy polyester things with big bows (though I have to admit Byrdie loved the one the church provided for her to be baptized in). But this beautiful cotton one caught my eye and with the right price, I scooped it up. The only problem was that it had no sleeves. Now this wouldn't be an issue for a summer baptism, but in December it just is a little chilly. All along I knew I wanted to knit a shrug for her to wear with it. About a month ago I began searching for shrug patterns and putting them in my Raverly favorites. And then I forgot. I completely forgot until Sunday morning when I was getting dresses for the girls to wear to church. And there it was--this light weight cotton sleeveless dress that she was supposed to wear the very next day for her baptism.
I immediately ran to the computer and within minutes had printed a pattern, grabbed some yarn and needles and began knitting. For those of you who don't knit--it's not really a last minute sort of project. But I knew I'd regret it if I didn't at least try to make her something special for this special day. Later, as Nate and I went over all that we had to do to prepare for the occasion--grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, writing and printing programs, calling people, I sheepishly added that I needed to finish knitting a shrug for Byrdie. He was slightly annoyed to put it mildly as he wrote on the list, "knit thingy" under my half of the list.
I knit faster than I've ever knit before--I felt just a little bit like Mike Mulligan and steam shovel digging the cellar to the town hall. I kept thinking that if I had remembered this just a day before it would be much more likely for me to finish. But of course the day before I was only thinking about all the things that had to be done that day. Recently my life has really taken on the meaning of "a day at a time." I can't seem to plan much of anything in advance.
So, Sunday evening we enlisted the kids in some house cleaning, put them to bed and I settled in with my knitting and several episodes of "Call the Midwife." I'd watched the first episode a couple months ago and hadn't gotten around to watching more. I was assured that there weren't a lot of mom and baby deaths (I have a hard time with those) and thought this might be a good time to give it another go. I'm so glad I did. Midnight came and went without a thought to the time. One o'clock and I was really getting into the characters. Two o'clock didn't feel like two o'clock at all. I finally turned in at around two-thirty with the shrug mostly finished. The next day I found an hour while the twins were napping to finish the second sleeve and block it. And all those other things on the list managed to get done as well--mostly anyway.
I used this pattern though I changed the sleeves to a thick cuff of seed stitch. The yarn I used was Martha Stewart acrylic/wool blend. It worked well for this project.