I haven’t knit things for people other than myself and Geoff, but I suspected that knitting for babies could be really enjoyable since everything is tiny and adorable. And what better way to honour and celebrate the arrival of a little baby than something made with care? We have a few sets of friends who have babies on the way, and while there are certainly no shortages of baby clothing and baby accessories available to buy, I was never very satisfied with the selection in my price range. Anything I made myself would be made under the most loving circumstances, and I could control the materials used (I know why so many baby items are made of polyester and acrylic, including most baby yarns, but... ugh). I found the source of the pattern for this blanket at the public library: the book Precious Knit Blankies for Baby by Jean Adel. The sheep blanket pattern intimidated me at first and it took me a few tries to get the hang of the intarsia, but it ended up being easier than I thought, and that seed stitch border is so sweet.
You can go your own way, little baby. I made the sheep out of roving wool but next time I might try using something with mohair for added fluff.
This dusty pink one is for Megan of Summerland who happens to be expecting a girl, but dusty pink is just so perfect for Megan anyhow.
I didn’t like how the back looked, just a little too messy, and Hollie, who was making the same blanket, suggested that I line it. I used organic cotton jersey and it gave it an extra substance and softness. Good tip, Hollie, especially since these are both blankets for winter babies. Once I finished the pink one I went right into making the blue/grey one; I was really determined not to let them sit unfinished in a pile for too long.
Finished this one last night, and the little dude it’s for should be making his appearance any moment.