i had a full blown panic about christmas the other day. what? when did that start happening? and in october? i’m starting to appreciate the days when christmas just magically happened around me without me having to do a damned thing (thank you, mom!). and now i’m the mom… and i know christmas doesn’t magically happen… now, i’m the one that has to make it happen! too much.ok, let’s change the subject. i thought i’d show you the pillow i knit for my daughter eleanor a couple of years ago. it was the first project i did after years of forgetting i could knit. i was going through that crazy time during ellie’s first year… trying to figure out what kind of mother i wanted to be (lord, how much pressure did i put on myself?? well, i was crazy that year)… and i knew i wanted to be a mother that made stuff. well, at least sometimes! and i wanted ellie to have something that i had made just for her. so yeah, how exciting and original… i knit a pillow to put on her bed. no, actually, i do love this little pillow. i think the wool is from rowan… a light blue chunky yarn. and the pattern is pretty easy. it’s from baby knits for beginners by debbie bliss. just a long ribbed rectangle that you fold in half, seam up, then button up the end. it was the first thing i ever knit that had a ribbed pattern! i was the queen of the stocking stitch up until then. i think the buttons are my favourite. i bought them in hay-on-wye at this tiny little wool shop behind the castle. i love the colour. and the orange is perfect with the blue. (i went upstairs to take a photo of this pillow earlier today and had to dig it out from under a mountain of stuffed animals. i guess i should be happy that at least it was still on the bed!) i am currently knitting something new… when i finished that neck warmer, i started a raglan style vest (tank top?) for ellie that i’ll show everyone at the next get together. my first sweater type effort! maybe i’ll post a photo of it on the needles tomorrow.