Chelle knits, but doesn't have a knit blog. (When are you going to change that, girl?) She's been working on a layette and sent pictures as proof!
She used Minnowknits Pattern #189 for the hat and blanket, and "Garter Stitch Bootees" from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits (the same pattern I used for M*c's favorites, the Kool-aid booties). Chelle had (how shall I say it?) some frustration with the booties. It's difficult to knit something so clever, but having no idea how it all works until you're finished. Am I right, Chelle? I admit to the same frustration. In the end, I just had to trust that there weren't any mistakes, try not to read ahead too much (take it one step at a time), and hope that it would all turn out. And, of course, it did; and the second one was much easier!
When Chelle wrote to me of ripping and with thoughts of giving up on the pattern, I used my "knowledge" and "ability" to draw a schematic of the problematic portion and emailed it to her. Heh, some how, some way, this "illustration" provided some actual help. Anyway, congratulations Chelle!
I hope you read Annie's post today, and the comments. I've been thinking about it all morning, trying to form cohesive thoughts (they're coming together). I just lost a humongous paragraph here, so I'm going to take it as a sign that I needn't be so long-winded. Suffice it to say that I've gained a lot from blogging, not the least of which is the privilege to give (illustrated at right) now and then.
P.S. I didn't really find Stephanie's number scrawled on the bathroom wall at the LYS, but ever since I wrote it, I've got this urge to do it... and I've usually got a Sharpie handy!