Quilt: Wendy even took a machine quilting class for this
project. It took all summer, but it is finally finished!
And here is the finished animal quilt! Wendy finally got it quilted
this past weekend (in addition to putting up our sukkah--will she never
slow down?!) Since it is a little hard to see, the animals going left to
right, top to bottom are: tortoise, wildebeest*, rhino, crown crane*,
hippo, impala* (or is it a gazelle?), hyena*, zebra, elephant, ostrich*,
crocodile*, monkey, croc*, cheetah, lion, flamingo, impala, white
pelican*, warthog*, elephant, giraffe, cheetah, gray parrot*, and zebra.
The designs come from A Quilter's Ark, but Wendy adapted a few
designs and/or made her own, denoted by *'s.
The quilt is big enough to
fit on Isaac's toddler bed, which, if he grows as quickly as his parents,
will be his bed for many years to come. It was Wendy's trundle bed when
she was a girl...she might even still fit in it!
Polar fleece Blankets: We don't have
any pictures of these. Wendy made two: one with cartoony lions, tigers and
cheetahs, one bright yellow one with monkeys and palm trees. They should
keep Isaac sweating even in our Michigan winter!
Also no photos. Wendy made three of these: flannel quilted on
top of rubberized sheeting. They tie into the crib and are supposed to
minimize the need for sheet changing.
Rocking Chair Pad: This was Wendy's
first baby project after she emerged from her first-trimester coma--see
the rocker in Isaac's bedroom photo. Linda is convinced Wendy will beg to
have the Ankrom's red lazy boy rocker for nursing. Linda tried nursing in
a wooden rocker, but wooden rockers and post-partum bottoms don't mix
well. Wendy would not even let the red lazy boy rocker in her house over
her dead body (she would haunt the place). The Ankroms tried to donate the
rocker to a co-worker who had lost everything in a flood. The co-worker
Baby Afghan: We both took a knitting
class at the beginning of October (Wendy was clean out of baby projects!),
but Craig's knitting was too slow. He only got a few rows in before Wendy
commandeered it. Craig chose the most expensive yarn in the store,
thinking we'd only need 4 skeins. Neither of us bothered to read that each
skein only contained 99 feet of yarn. Then, Wendy over-estimated how many
stitches wide the afghan should be by about a factor of two. Seventeen
skeins, $120, and one month later:
Craig, Ouba and Balin test Isaac's blankie. Too bad it weighs
approximately as much as the baby! Well, at least Isaac will be able to
use it until he marries. Wendy figures his wife will say, "Honey,
that thing is sooo turn of the century! What were your parents thinking
with those colors?"