Does confidence come before a fall?


I’m still chugging along on this blanket. When I was first working on this, I’d thought I’d do 3 blocks across by 4 blocks deep (a block being 4 mitered squares) and had thought that was only 36 miters… but my math was wrong – that would be 48 squares. Since I’m pretty happy with the current size of the blanket, I’m sticking with 36, but obviously, only 3 block by 3 blocks.


I’m knitting this for a baby that is due on the 7th of September and I’ve only got 8 more blocks left.  Now, you should know that the mom said that she doesn’t think he’s going to wait until the 7th.  But 8 blocks isn’t that much.  After that, I’ll only have to seam them and knit the borders.  I’m feeling pretty confident about my ability to finish this.

In a previous post about this blanket, someone left a comment suggesting that I must want to add some blue to the blanket.  And while I’m appreciative of that person’s kidn suggestion, at the same time I don’t intend to add any blue to this blanket for two reasons:

  1. I chose a color them of greens and neutrals and adding blue to the mix would kinda mess that up.  And I haven’t done all this work for nothing.
  2. I’m a feminist and one of the issues that peeves me the most is gender stereotyping.  I’ve pretty much decided that unless it’s a special request, I’m probably not going to be knitting any pink or blue baby blankets.  *I tried to write a few sentences explaining myself here, but nothing I could come up that was adequate could be said succinctly – so I think that’s going to have to be another post.

In the meantime, I’m going to keep knitting this blanket. And I’ll be sure that I’m going to finish it in about a month, never mind that while I’ll be working on this, I’ll also be doing the following:

  • Moving 1/2 way across the country again (see the box in the top photo)
  • Unpacking an entire apartment’s worth of stuff
  • Ending my summer job
  • Completing about 2 weeks of intense training for my new job
  • Beginning my new job
  • Leading about 2 weeks of intense training for my RAs (by intense, I mean 12 hour day…)
  • Completing orientation and registering for graduate school
  • Beginning Graduate school

43 Responses to “Does confidence come before a fall?”

  1. 1 Ruth July 29, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    You can totally do it! It’s just miters, right? And you can weave in ends during orientation.

  2. 2 adrienne July 29, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    It’s going to look wonderful! you can do it!!

  3. 3 Amanda July 29, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Wow! Those miters are really looking beautiful. Personally, I like non-traditional baby colors. I’ve been doing a lot of baby things lately, and sometimes I do the traditional (because the moms are uber-traditional) and sometimes I do something a little different (because the moms are a bit more funky). I like to mix it up a bit.

    Good luck on the move back to Indiana. It sounds like you’re going to have one crazy life in the next few weeks.

  4. 4 Katie K July 29, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Years ago Threads Magazine published a piece about the origins of the blue and pink thing. Hallmark (surprise, surprise) created it. Before that, children wore white. If anything, pink was associted with boys, as it is a more dynamic color than blue. I’m with you about not getting locked in, and I can tell that the blanket is going to be terrific.

  5. 5 Christina July 29, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    “I’m a feminist and one of the issues that peeves me the most is gender stereotyping. I’ve pretty much decided that unless it’s a special request, I’m probably not going to be knitting any pink or blue baby blankets.”

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  6. 6 kmkat July 29, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    I very much like your greens theme. And I salute you for non-pink/blue designs.

  7. 7 Emilee July 29, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    That will be a beautiful blanket, I’m sure it will be much loved. You can do it!

  8. 8 lv2knit July 29, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I do not envy you the finishing work, but it will be very striking and last a lifetime — versus the first few “baby” weeks when pale/traditional baby colors seem appropriate.

  9. 9 gleek July 29, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    oooh, i really like your miters!! the addition of white is nice, right? i’m also doing a blanket but mine has more white. yours has a very nice balance to it. can’t wait to see it done!

  10. 10 christa July 29, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Your color choices? Gorgeous!

  11. 11 Debbie July 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    Your choice of colors are perfect. Love the blending of greens with brown and white thrown in. I’m with you on the pastel pink and blues of the past. Blah!

    Keep up the good work on the blanket. what a treasure for the mom to receive.

    Good luck on the rest of the change in your life! Hopefully, knitting will keep you sane.

  12. 12 KnelleyBelley July 29, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I saw your post on the MDK KAL. Love your miters! Beautiful job and great colors!

  13. 13 Carol July 29, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    “just” seaming all those squares? Can’t wait to see how long it takes. I[ve got one of those blankies in the queue too, so I’m wondering on the time frame….Maybe you could knit a pink AND blue blankie? Just for laughs?

  14. 14 elizabeth July 29, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Good luck with your move and your new job! I’m sure knitting simple miters will be just what you need to chill out from your busy schedule.

  15. 15 Roni July 30, 2007 at 1:25 am

    Hey busy woman! The squares look great! Good thing you have your knitting to keep you grounded through the busy days ahead huh?

  16. 16 Jeanne July 30, 2007 at 4:44 am

    Gorgeous – love the colors! Good luck with your move!

  17. 17 Bridget S. July 30, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Looks great – and the recipient will love it no matter when you finish it.

    When making baby gifts, I usually take my cues for the colors from the baby room. Not that I want to make something to match the room necessarily – but I just figure if they parents to be like the colors enough to do the room with them, they’ll probably like similar colors for the blanket/hat/sweater/whatever. So if a parent painted a room with blues, I’d take the clue. My SIL did the baby rooms in blue b/c it was her favorite color – regardless of the sex of the baby!

  18. 18 Jodi July 30, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Good luck with the move and starting grad school! I love the blanket so far.

    I have mixed feelings about trying to be gender neutral with babies and colors. My mom tried that with me. My room was green and yellow, and most of my clothes were bright primary colors.

    Did it work? No… I wanted pink! And lavender! And I wanted to play with Barbies, not Lincoln Logs. Then again, perhaps I was just a rebellious child and would have wanted green if my mom were pushing the girly pinks.

  19. 19 Hillary July 30, 2007 at 10:33 am

    The cool thing about the mitered squares is that every person’s color choices make it a unique piece of art. I love the tonal look of all the different shades of green and brown…gorgeous!

  20. 20 liz July 30, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I agree with you – gender stereotyping is a huge pet peeve of mine. I love anything other than pink/blue for babies…especially greens! I keep buying non-traditional colored clothes for my 18-month-old niece and my BIL is always so excited!
    Anyway, beautiful blanket – I’m going to have to mitre something one of these days.

  21. 21 JulieFrick July 30, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    Good Lawd, you’re busy. I love the blanket and the greens. Gorgeous, gorgeous!

  22. 22 ann July 31, 2007 at 12:16 am

    love your miters!!

  23. 23 kaita July 31, 2007 at 3:58 am

    This is soooo gorgeous, the colors are really great and please don’t add blue to it. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished blanket.

  24. 24 minxxy July 31, 2007 at 11:02 am

    That’s looking great!

    I too am knitting a mitred square blanket and have a plan that I stick to religiously…knit, soak, block, pile, repeat.

    So far all is going to plan and you can do it!


  25. 25 Natalie July 31, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    As a fellow graduate student and feminist, I have to say I LOVE your colors and the blanket– very inspirational! I think of all the mitered blankets I have seen (and there have been many, on many blogs!) yours is by far my favorite!

  26. 26 j aileen August 6, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I love the colors you have chosen. I made a quilt for my then unborn baby and it was all in blues. After he was born someone asked me if I knew I was having a boy. It never occurred to me that I had chosen “boy” colors. After all, I wear blue all the time!

  27. 27 not gonna tell August 9, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    You work too hard for being at summer camp! Haven’t seen you in a while, hope things are well!
    Miss you,
    -your bunkmate

  28. 28 Expat knits August 12, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    I love the blanket! I agree with you wholeheartedly about the gender stereotyping of babies. In fact, I’ve chosen a very similar colour scheme for a moderne baby blanket for my daughter. But some people seemed a little shocked when I knit an orange and pink cap for my son…

  29. 29 Elinor August 14, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Wow, you’re going to be busy! I think it’s great that you’re not making the baby blue blanket – green is just perfect! And you can get it done by the time the little one arrives!!!

  30. 30 Melissa August 15, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    So pretty. I love it.

  31. 31 Can't tell! August 19, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Hi – You are such a busy camper! I am ready when you are and hope to be sending something your way this week! Off to the flag circle!

  32. 32 knittingnoob August 22, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Its really really beautiful, I love it! And as a mom pregnant with a girl, let me say, pink gets overwhelming very easily. Then again, I’ve never liked pink!

  33. 33 moraie August 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    It’s gorgeous. If they like pink it will go great with the room. If the room is blue, it will go great with the room. If the room is yellow, it will go great with the room. You get my point.

    I get sick of pastels.

    My friend has twins – one of each. She dresses them in red and orange.

  34. 34 Chrissie August 31, 2007 at 11:38 am

    The greens are fab!

    I am not big into the pink-is-for-girls, blue-is-for-boys thinking, either.

  35. 35 Sheila September 12, 2007 at 10:40 am

    OMG! Are you ever going to start blogging again? I miss seeing your knitting!

  36. 36 Jennifer September 18, 2007 at 7:56 am

    i personally love the greens and feel the same way as you about being non-traditional when it comes to knitting baby gifts. i long while back, i wrote a post about this as i was knitting a baby blanket in bright colors and caught some major flack about it by someone i work w/. i was so annoyed and took it all out on my readers, but everyone’s kind comments and understanding made me feel a whole lot better and the blanket turned out great.

    can’t wait to hear if you finished in time!

  37. 37 Katie September 18, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I love your green miters! I’m doing a baby-sized blue miter blanket (for myself, NO baby!) that is quite similar. I’m going with the 48 miters (3 squares across, 4 squares down) like what you had originally planned. I am so addicted to those miters.

    Did you plan each square or just start knitting?

    I can’t wait to see yours finished – you are so close!

  38. 38 Theresa September 28, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    You know the Victorians liked pink for boys because it was a derivative of red and therefore “manly” and blue was the weaker color for girls. Interesting, huh?

  39. 39 Colleen January 18, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Can you please tell the directions? I’ve yet to get a striped mitre square that is actually square.

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