In May, both my niece and my nephew's wife are expecting babies, so I thought this fine warm winter that we're having here on the East Coast would be perfect baby blanket knitting weather for babies being gestated in the icey, snowy Midwest (all of my family members in Oklahoma report having power today, but they're all stuck at home because of the ice).
I got out my Elizabeth Zimmerman book, The Knitter's Almanac, took up the BEAUTIFUL needles kindly sent to me by my thoughtful MWK Secret Santa (thank you Weeniezoom!), took up some cheap acrylic yarn that I had laying around, and began to work on the Double Knitting Blanket, simply to remind myself how to do this (this blanket is knitted back and forth on straight needles, but when you're done, you've actually formed two pieces of fabric, joined at the bottom and sides, that you can slip a baby into). I've made a couple of these in the past, but it's been a while. I cast on and began working, and realized, right after I'd formed the bottom garter ribbing, that I had a swatch that was the exact size to slide my new MacBook into! I love functional swatches!
So now my laptop can slip into this handknit cover before being placed into my briefcase, and I'm very pleased with it. I will try my best to upload a pic of it, but I have not had much success with that in the past - we'll see. Now to get started on those baby blankets!
Jonathan in DC