I finished my last crafty project on my list: the crocheted baby blanket. I think it's cute except for the edging which is bulky and awkward looking I think because I had to finish off and start another color so many times. There must be a better way. And then I had the bright idea to wash it with Dreft and dry it since it's been sitting around the house for months and is, at this point, officially dirty. Well, the entire thing pilled up. It looks TERRIBLE!!!!! Is this what happens with cotton yarn? This blanket makes me consider two things: 1) it's heavy. Cotton is heavy. I used maybe 8 balls of yarn (maybe 9) at 3 ounces each ball. I know that's only about a pound and a half but the finished blanket feels much heavier than that and maybe that's too heavy for a baby. Is wool yarn any lighter? Would a blanket made of 8 balls of wool yarn weigh as much? Hmmm... and 2) what's with the pilling? Now, with wool, you can't even wash it in the washing machine or dry it or you'll felt the blanket and who wants to hand wash and lay flat to dry a baby blanket that has the possibility to need to be washed several days in a row if not several times a day? But what doesn't pill? I WILL NOT use acrylic yarn. It's scratchy, cheap and ugly. If I rule out cotton because it pills when washed and wool because it's too high maintenance, then what...I don't crochet? In the end I can't give this blanket away as a baby gift. Like I said before it looks terrible. Gratefully the one I gave to Tina for Elena two years ago was given to Tina, a real live, down-to-Earth type of girl who is grateful for what she gets and doesn't think to herself after she's washed it and it looks horrible, "Wow, this blanket is really ugly. Why would she give me such an ugly blanket?" The blanket is Elena's official "blankie" so I'm pretty happy about that.
On another note, I'm getter bigger. I went to get my blood drawn for a CBC count and the lady there said, "Girl, you look like you got a rocket sticking out". I'm 36 weeks now. I can feel my body getting ready. It's doing weird things and I can't sleep. I'm awake at night hours at a time thinking and planning and rubbing my tummy. It's fun to have been pregnant so many times that when the things start changing you actually notice and don't freak out.