Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Man in Crisis

No, not me. Not this time.

My friend Jonathan, the boy half of the Two Sock Knitters, has misplaced his copy of Simply Shetland 2 during a household move and this has brought his Fair Isle sweater (which is freaking gorgeous) to a standstill.

If you are in a position to loan a copy, won't you please let him know? The world needs this sweater to be finished. Seriously. It's that beautiful.

I hope to be back with a shawl report tomorrow. It's crunch time here. I'm heading out to Maine next week and have to finish the remaining artwork I promised for the nursery. (The bunnies and the giraffe, at least, are already there; so Abigail won't spend her first night at home in a room with bare walls.)

This is how she looks when she's sleeping.

zzzzzzz

Yeah, another baby picture. But it could be worse. I could have a cat.

81 comments:

dale-harriet said...

Could I be first, Uncle Panopticon? I doubt it...howsomever, compliments to the photographer. Young Abigail has the right idea - be sure to tell La Maman to sleep when La Petite does. There's a lot of sleeplessness involved with someone's First Days at Home! Looking forward to shawl pictures too.

Vicky in Vancouver said...

Load up on the baby pix - they are all amazing and AA is even more so cuz she's part yours.

The concurrent pregnancy in our family produced a lovely boy, Hudson Robert, 9lb 8oz & just under 24" long, on May 16. My 3rd stepgrandbaby, joining his two girl cousins.

Happy baby smiles all round. Congrats to your sister & brother-in-law.

Flossie said...

Beautiful photo. Have a wonderful time visiting your family in Maine.

Hockey Mom said...

She is beautiful. Congratulations to the whole family of Abigail. She's one lucky little princess.

Ginny said...

Tell mama and daddy congratulations on popping out a beautiful baby. Have fun in Maine!

MichelleinCO said...

So beautiful! Lucky parents, lucky you. You will love seeing that new baby I know. I give you a quote from a book I am reading, "Ahab's Wife," as the character tells of her joy in her new baby: "His breath! I put my nostrils in the way of his exhalation so that I might inhale his discarded sweetness." The smell of new babies is unlike anything else; I never tired of their smell and feel in my arms, and I had five! Enjoy every moment, they grow so quickly. Thanks for the lovely pic.

Paul said...

Abigail is absolutely lovely. Enjoy your time with your family.

Angie said...

The world can never have too many baby pictures.

Elaine said...

Surely there is no better teacher in the ways of peace and satisfaction than a sleeping infant. Isn't that why we gaze at them enraptured? Lead on Abby and pay attention Uncle. Congrats.

MollyBeees said...

More baby pictures! More! What a gorgeous little Maniac! Have fun and say 'hi' to my Atlantic for me. I'm from "The County" originally and love the ocean. Lake Michigan just doesn't cut it! Congratulations again, Uncle Franklin!

hillary said...

Baby pictures are always welcome. Cats are another story.

~~Knitting Addict~~ said...

Oh, PLEASE don't think we will tire of the baby pictures! LOVE THEM! I bet you cannot wait to get there and hold her!!

She looks so peaceful and so beautiful!! I could watch a baby sleeping for hours on end!

Sorry, I cannot help with the book :( I am sure someone will be able to though with as many people that your blog reaches!

Congratulations again, Uncle!

Carol said...

God she's beautiful.

She looks like you.

Maybe it's the hairline.

Susan said...

She's absolutely beautiful, Uncle Franklin. Congratulations! Enjoy your visit!

Judy in Indiana said...

Baby pictures are all much better than cat pictures. Babies do cute things, they grow and change and amaze us. Cats are just cats. They serve no real purpose except when they contribute to the food chain and eat rodents. And that's ot so cute that you'd want a picture of it.

Your niece is more beautiful every day.

Amelia said...

*gasp*

Cutest. Baby. Ever.

Anonymous said...

Franklin, you go ahead and post as many baby pictures as you want! We won't get tired of them. We're all holding our breath for the first picture of the baby with her shawl. Congratulations to you and your family.

Sherry W said...

Damn, I just dropped an egg.

organizer2003 said...

Franklin, I may have a copy? Can you email me and let me know which pattern he is doing, so I can make sure I have the right book?

I'm at organizer2003ATyahooDOTcom (replacing the appropriate words with the actual symbols.

Phyllis
:)

organizer2003 said...

*sigh* I'm an idiot. Ignore my last post. I've left a comment for Jonathan directly.

Phyllis
:(

Jeanne said...

Well, I am of the contingent that swoons over cat pictures rather than baby pictures, so coming from me, this is HIGH PRAISE: that is One. Cute. Baby.

May we call you Uncle Pan?

Sean said...

I've got it. I'll write to him directly

April said...

I am fully expecting this blog to become littered with pictures of the beautiful Abigail, including one of her wonderful Uncle Franklin holding her. We will accept no less.

Amber in Albuquerque said...

She's SOOOOO beautiful. Almost makes me want to have another one...almost, but not quite. I think I'll just make some socks instead. I'm looking forward to a time when mine are old enough that I can do fair isle knitting with them in house (I'm not sure if that's ever going to happen).

Scattered Gemini said...

Ok. Your niece is just gorgeous!

LesleyD said...

You've got the plane ride there right? You've got some times to finish it up!!! As Tony Little would say "YOU CAN DOOOO-IIITTTT!!"
Abigail is too cute!! I love sleeping baby pics! That's when they are their best! ;-)

LaurieM said...

Bring on the baby pictures! Love 'em! And get a load of that perfect cupid's bow mouth. So precious. I just want to scoop her up and sniff her precious little self.

Wow. Gush much?

roggey said...

Congratulations on the new addition to your family!

Beth said...

There is nothing in the world more beautiful than a sleeping infant.

Cherice said...

She is beautiful Uncle Franklin. Congratulations and enjoy your visit.

Eve said...

She is beautiful! And there is nothing wrong with filling your blog with pictures of your cat, not like I would do that of course...

Mary said...

You crack me up with that cat comment. Particularly when I think of Dolores. Congratulations Franklin.
And all the best wishes for your niece.

Karen said...

Thank heavens you don't have a cat! Baby pictures are much better. Congrats to all!

Carina said...

She is just totally beautiful. She deserves the shawl. :-)

Seanna Lea said...

I love the cat comment. I have a cat, but she rarely shows up on my blog (I am a very lazy photographer).

The young'un looks very cute. Enjoy Maine!

Ruth said...

There's no such thing as too many baby pictures. Bring 'em on.

pacalaga said...

Don't you dare stop with the baby pictures!

Elizabeth said...

Franklin, she is perfect.

Andrea Rusin said...

OOHHH! She's gorgeous. Worthy of the best christening shawl ever, which I'm sure she'll have soon ;)

Linda said...

I love the baby pictures. (I tolerate cat pictures but am unenthusiastic.) It will be lovely for you to hold her.

Marcia said...

Scrunch Muffin.

pdxWoman said...

Or you could have 3 cats...and be "drunk, divorced, and covered in cat hair", just like crazy aunt purl!

I can't wait to see the finished shawl (no pressure!), and be sure you post a pic of Baby A with it :-)

Windsornot said...

Abigail is just so, well, freaking gorgeous! (And despite what anyone says, yes, you can tell the funny looking ones from the gorgeous ones, even as newborns, and Abigail definitely one of the gorgeous ones.) She's gonna be a heartbreaker that her dad is going to have to beat off the suitors when she's older with a big stick!
:-)

Anonymous said...

nothing wrong with cat pix.

or baby pix.

or dolores pix.

have a nice visit with your family next week.

anne marie in philly

Mel said...

Well, if you do manage to find a break in all the oohing and aahing while you're out this way (though I can certainly understand where it might be difficult), do give a call. It'd be nice to see you again.

lizbon said...

I am sure I won't be the first (or the last) to say this, but I am still compelled to do so: awwwwwwwwwww.

5elementknitr said...

awwww, baby. I miss having tiny ones!

Alwen said...

Sleep, that beautiful thing that new parents crave and babies do so well . . . at intervals.

That's the SAME blanket my son was wrapped in (the blue & pink striped one). Somewhere there is a factory making those by the bale.

Diane said...

It's your blog so post all the cute baby pics you want. She's adorable.

KellyD said...

She is amazing. Nuff said.

Judy G. said...

What a Cutie Patootie! I wish I could remember my kids that size.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful child. I think you have lost your heart. Whenever the shawl is done she and her parents will love it.

MaryB said...

Ahh, Franklin, it is worse -- you have a sheep. I must say the pictures of Abigail are MUCH cuter, but don't tell Dolores I said that. Mary B

PS Abigail won't be spending her first night alone in her room, period. She'll be cuddled warm and close to mom. She may not sleep in her own room for months!

PPS She sure is beautiful!

Heather Shaffer said...

Oh my, she's awfully sweet. Her mouth looks like bird wings in flight.
Mama has that oh so familiar look that is the combination of utter exhaustion and complete euphoria. sigh!

H

Sue J said...

What a beauty!!!!!
Those first pix showed she's got a big mouth like her uncle.........HA!

Angela said...

I've posted pics of my niece and my cats. (Limited quantities of each, so I think I get a pass.) Abigail is a very pretty baby and quite deserving of her shawl.

dragon knitter said...

the most precious baby ever! right next to mine!

elan said...

Lovely picture, congrats, my baby turns 13 tomorrow, you'll enjoy being her Uncle for years but they're little for such a short time, have a great visit.

YTT said...

She is beautiful.
As if inspired by her, my own nephew finally arrived yesterday morning. 8.5 lbs.

Even more coincidentally, he is in Maine too, and I also am going up to spend next week with them.

I'll look out for you on I-95!

john said...

congrats, man!

Romi said...

Oh, my. What an absolutely *beautiful* baby! She's just gorgeous. :)

Angela said...

Ahh, dear Uncle, I hate to tell you this, but this is the first of many, many, many photos of the little wee one.

Kate said...

She has the most perfect Cupid's bow. (Kinda makes Jeanne's 'Uncle Pan' even more appropriate!)

There's a baby photo amnesty for new uncle/aunts that lasts at least 6 months. After that, there's usually another of this generation in the family to rave over (at least that's how my family works - 13 and still counting...).

Romy from Malta said...

Delurking to tell you what a beautiful baby Abigail is. Waiting eagerly to see her wraped in your shawl. Congrats to you and her parents.

Janet said...

sweet sweet baby.

Grandma Flea said...

You can never have too many baby photos. She is beautiful. Sorry I can't help with the book - fairisle is one of my bete noirs (don't know where the circumflex is). I know you are busy and that this is bad timing, but I have tagged you for a meme -see http://flea-bites.blogspot.com/ If you would rather, I'll remove your name.

I had tagged you before for a Thinking Blogger, but didn't know until recently that I had to tell you (I'm on a bit of a learning curve here!) - see http://flea-bites.blogspot.com/2007_04_22_archive.html#5646725845615943317

Tracey, in MI said...

oh my word, she is absolutely edible.........but Franklin... the shawl?... apparently your sis could only keep her legs together for so long... the question is...did you knit fast enough, or what?

Sarah R said...

Oh, what a beautiful baby! And I'm with the others who say you can't have too many baby pictures. Or toddler pictures. Or kid pictures. We'll get back to you about those teenage years.

Though I don't agree with the dissing of cats. A sleeping cat rivals a sleeping baby for sheer embodiment of relaxation.

Laurie said...

Maine next week? Are you by any chance coming to the Fiber Frolic in Windsor that weekend? It would be great to see you there.

That Laurie
leosborn@verizon.net

Julie in WI said...

She is stunningingly beautiful. Enjoy, all of you.

Deborah C. said...

Franklin, she is absolutely beautiful. And no, not all babies are. Please post more pictures! Congratulations to you, your sister and her husband, and have fun in Maine!

Knit Wit said...

OMG that's so funny...

I am sooo sick of seeing people's CAT pictures on their blog. I mean really, how many different ways are there to show a picture of a cat?

Now new babies OTOH? TOTALLY different. Go ahead and keep on posting those!

Janice said...

Franklin, I have Simply Shetland 2. Beautiful baby, love seeing the pictures.

mindy said...

Ohhhhhhh Franklin- she is simply beautiful. Congrats to everyone. Enjoy- you'll be one of the best uncles ever.

StarSpry said...

She's adorable! Congratulations Mom & Dad, and Uncle Franklin. Have a wonderful time in Maine! Can’t wait to see the finished shawl :)

Susan said...

You have a cat -- it's just that Mehitabel is wearing a Persian lamb coat. Inside, though, it's still "toujours gai," and a dance in the *** dame yet.

David said...

I don't post that many cat pictures!

Kristen said...

I was just about to post a sleeping cat picture... Have I really turned into the Crazy Cat Lady (tm)?

Jennie said...

Congratulations, Uncle Magnus!

I think I hurt something laughing at the cat comment.

Arsie said...

She is just the most adorable baby. They're wonderful at that age.

When I had mine (on Christmas morning no less!) I spent the rest of the night until the sun rose just watching him sleep.

It gets crazy from here on out. ;)

But she's lovely.

idyllicchick said...

Oh my gawd. She is just beautiful. So small and perfect and untouched by the world. I'm not the weepy sort, but she makes me tear up a bit.