Knitting gifts is a labor of love. You spend time looking through hundreds of patterns to find just the right one. You put thought into the color and type of yarn. Once you have a plan, it can take weeks (sometimes months) to finish even a simple item. And that's if you don't have to rip out mistakes along the way.
Because I put so much of myself into a handmade gift, I love making things for people who really appreciate them.
I don't knit gifts for recognition or praise. I know that each person has a different way of saying thanks and a homemade gift isn't for everyone.
But, it's really nice to know that someone appreciates the effort, that she uses the gift, that she knows you made it specifically with her in mind.
That brings me to my latest knitting project.
I made this baby blanket for my friend Ruth's (second) baby boy. He was born in March, so obviously I'm behind on my knitting.
Ruth is one of the most enthusiastic recipients of my baby blankets. Her older son still uses his every night and it's his "blankie". She said it's one of her family's most treasured possessions and in a fire she'd grab her kids and their blankets.
And you can't really ask for a better compliment than that!
About the blanket
If you've been reading for a while, this pattern may be familiar to you. I made it a few years ago in grey and purple.
The grey square in the middle is knit as a triangle by increasing and then decreasing. I love these patterns because they don't require casting on (and off) millions of stitches. After you make the grey square, you pick up stitches around the edge to work the lace pattern.
I used KnitPick's tweed wool again. It's super soft and not scratchy like most wool. The little guy might not get a lot of use out of it until the Fall, but it'll keep him nice and warm when the weather cools down.
I bought the pattern for this blanket by Jared Flood. I love all Jared's designs (and those from Brooklyn Tweed)! This blanket was as fun to make the second time as it was the first.