I was griping a bit back about having some lovely Debbie Bliss cashmerino and not getting a chance to do a thing with it. My first thought was granny squares, then I thought, no, a ripple baby blanket, and then, realizing that, um, I actually have never crotched anything before and don't really know how, a single crochet baby blanket seemed like the wisest choice. (okay-see that typo?! my god. mariko made me promise not to change it. awesome.)
I had crocheted a bit, so I told Alicia when she was teaching me, but then I realized that it was back when I was about 10. . .and it was just a chain. So, on her bed, we giggled like 4th graders and I promptly learned that I was a tight crocheter, used way too small of a hook, can't see anymore in low light, and can't seem to talk and learn anything at the same time. I left with a big smile on my face, but not getting past the chain point again. . .
So, a day later I pulled out some books, and after a good night's sleep, started figuring it all out. Whew. It was almost getting embarrassing. So, this is for baby. I am looking at this photo and it seems clear to me now I really do think I am having a boy. I have no idea what we are having. Perhaps a tomboy girl. The blanket is wider than this now, but I don't know if i will get it done. It could be a long scarf. Oh, I really want to finish my first crochet project, I need to stay focused and not let this go. . .
On a very important cake note-the girls and I made this vanilla/chocolate marble cake in a loaf pan and it was sooooo good. Not too sweet, for a cake, and perfect for snacking. I would show it but they did the "swirling" part and it was not at all a photogenic result, but a good time was had, and that's the most important thing. Somehow the loaf shape makes it seem more healthy. I am delusional. I did bake if for a lot longer (about 15 min) than it called for, and didn't have buttermilk, so I used plain yogurt, just a FYI.