It’s not a competition

I know it’s not a competition, but I totally won the baby shower.  Well, almost.


Here’s the background.


Our cousin Bridget had a baby a few months ago…sweet Liam was born 6 months ago.  We had a baby shower for them, the first baby in our family in quite awhile.


I spent a lot of time, and yarn, on this great chevron blanket.


baby blanket


It got a few oohs and aahs and Bridget loved it.  I was happy, she was happy.


Then she opened Carly’s gift.  The Baby Sophisticate sweater. I can’t seem to find the picture of the one she made, but it’s not important for you to see it here.  Trust me, it was cuuuute. What is important to the story is that I can still hear the oohs and aahs and “oh my gosh how cute”s.  It was the winner, no doubt.


Lucky, another baby will soon be joining our clan and so another shower was on the horizon.  Our cousin Jake and his wife Ruth would be having a boy.  Jake’s sister Katie was throwing the baby shower.


I was not going to let Carly win this one.


There was planning involved.  Many shop debates about cutest patterns and yarn colors.  Oh the decisions.  It was settled.  I was going to knit Jerry the Musical Monkey.  Man did he turn out cute!


Jerry the musical Monkey


Carly was going to stick with the proven winner, Baby Sophisticate.   Carly’s gift was the first to be opened.  Ruth, the mom to be, loved it.  It was cute. No doubt.  Here is the pic.


Baby Sophisticate


Then came the moment of truth. My gift:)


me winning


This photo is from Carly’s camera.  It is not staged:)  If we could have figured out how to download an mp3 you could have heard the “oh my gosh so cutes” for yourselves!  Just look at the look of amazement on the faces of the crowd.


Anyway…I thought for sure I was the winner!  I basked in the glow for exactly 30 seconds until Ruth opened up the last gift of the day, Katie’s.  It was a hand knit sweater white sweater with blue trim.  What WHA?  What’s this last minute entry into the shower gift contest?  This wasn’t in my plans.  Katie doesn’t really knit?!  I wasn’t expecting to have another competitor.  RATS!


Then Katie told this story and it was all over.


Katie is much younger than us and when Nanny’s health was starting to fail she feared that maybe Nanny wouldn’t be around when Katie had kids of her own.  So she asked our beloved Nanny Jean to knit her a sweater for a future child.  This gift was that very sweater.  Katie told Ruth that it was on loan to her new baby until Katie needed it back for a future baby of her own.


FOR REAL!!  How can I compete with that?  The sweetest most lovely thing and all of us were crying.  That’s the reason for no picture of it.  We were all overcome.


Katie played the Nanny card.  Wasn’t counting on that.


Here’s to hoping for more babies in the Doyle clan, doesn’t get more fun that this!


4 Responses to “It’s not a competition”

  1. Bruce Stipe says:

    Great Story ! The “Nanny Card” what a wonderful gift Katie!!

  2. Ann Bartholomew says:

    Love this story – it made me laugh and tear up! You are always a winner when it comes to your knitting Aimee, but playing the Nanny card was definitely a strategic emotional move!

  3. Jean ONeill says:

    If you would have had a Nanny card you would have played it too!

    Great story

  4. admin says:

    I so would have Jean!

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