Saturday, April 23, 2016

spring robin

I'm getting to the point where it seems like everyone I know is either engaged, recently married, or starting a family. It's exciting to have so many friends celebrating so many wonderful events in their lives, and I want to celebrate how I can, when I can. When my friend Emily asked if I would knit a baby blanket for her first, I couldn't say no -- and I had the perfect yarn already in stash.

Annie Yarn Madison Worsted in Robin's Egg blue, from one of the first years of Yarnbox subscriptions sent out. Annie, who has become a dear friend, runs her beautiful yarn dyeing operation out of an old farmhouse she's helping renovate in Georgia. Her mother and sisters live with her, and each of them seems more talented than the next, with so many skills in music and art. Annie lends her own sense of pure, beautiful color in her yarn dyeing -- the way that she glazes yarns reminds me of early Madelinetosh.

While the Yarnbox members at the time were on the fence about this colorway, I think it will always be one of my favorites. It's an in-between shade -- a bit pastel, a bit bright -- a soft blue with the tiniest bit of neon celadon underneath. Annie Yarn is ultra-soft, too, making it the perfect candidate for a lifelong lovie. A bit of the old to a brand-new life.

Of course, how could I resist also sending along the newest offering from Baby Boy Bakery, one of the companies partnered with Studio Calico, where I work? Jacqui Saldana is a gentle soul who has dreamed up one of the most lovely baby books -- journals -- a mother can buy. Each page is carefully thought out and sure to help Emily's family recall the details about Stella's first year long in the future.

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