Did you know that llama pregnancies last for 11 months? That’s probably not a whole load of fun for the mummy llamas, but it does at least give their friends an additional 2 months over humans in which to get something knitted.
I need to make friends with some llamas. The reason for this is that despite the fact that a friend has been pregnant for nine months and I have arguably had plenty of time to get knitting… Despite the fact that I’ve seen her a good few times recently and have cooed over her bump with exclamations such as “Ooh, not long to go now!”… Despite the fact that I possess a calendar and am reasonably conversant with how it works… IT HAS COME AS A TOTAL SHOCK THAT SHE HAS GIVEN BIRTH ALREADY AND I HAVEN’T FINISHED KNITTING!
This is of course ridiculous, given that she is patently not a llama, or a seal (also 11 months), or a giraffe (14 months), let alone an African elephant (21½ months).
Anyway, to nobody’s surprise except mine, she’s already given birth to a gorgeous little girl. Mother and baby are doing just fine, so I hear, although father may yet spontaneously combust from sheer paternal pride.
I’m counting on mother to be a tiny bit too busy right now to be reading here, so let me tell you about the knitting. To my shame, it’s not even as though I’ve had to knit an entire object on my own. Three of us got together and decided to knit a baby blanket together. Each of us was allocated a ball of Ella Rae ‘Cosy Soft Prints’ in ‘Tahiti Rain’, and had free rein to work whatever stitch we chose. New Mum is a knitter too, so she’ll understand the sentiment behind this gift.
Friend One worked a square of ten stitch spiral knitting. Being speedy with the needles, she achieved this in approximately no time whatsoever.
The baton was passed to Friend Two, who worked a leafy, lacy, design and then – being a perfectionist – ripped it all out and worked it again. Look!
These two portions were joined together and passed to me so that I could work a wide strip down the side of both squares. Pah! Easy! I had loads of time!
But I had forgotten that my friend is not a zebra (12½ months), and that time was short. I’d hardly started knitting my section when the baby inconsiderately arrived.
I’m working a version of basket weave because I thought that the interwoven effect would look quite pretty, and I’m fuelled by caffeine and some videos about speed-knitting that I found on YouTube. But if I go quiet for a day or so, you know why, OK?
Still, I should just be grateful that my friend isn’t a hamster: they’re only pregnant for 20 days.