Anyone remember when I started knitting a baby blanket back at the start of April? I finally finished it! How slow am I? I missed handing this over when Zach was born in mid-April, so let’s call this blanket a present to celebrate his, um, 11th week of life!
Handing the blanket over involved last-minute knitting in the back of a car speeding us to meet the family. I really must sort out my time management.
I was worried at times that this blanket looked a bit old fashioned, but now I love its ripply springiness. This blanket is really easy to knit and it’s FREE here. Mummy had given me a hint about the nursery’s colour scheme, and these stripes suit the room perfectly. I used six balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the shades Primrose, White and Light Blue. You want a nice, soft wool – nothing too scratchy against tender skin. I ordered the wool from Deramores – I find this a very good site and competitively priced.
Very important tip – make sure you use machine washable wool when knitting baby blankets! No parent wants to add hand washing to their list of tasks around a newborn.
It was lovely meeting Zach and handing this blanket over. I felt very proud to watch him going for an afternoon walk in his pram, his new blanket tucked in. (Confession – I was so pooped after a busy week that I stayed behind and napped on the sofa. Does this make me a bad friend?!)
One last detail around this blanket. I hope Zach’s mum doesn’t mind me mentioning that she was a little anxious around the huge changes about to happen when her baby was born. Whilst knitting this blanket, I would often send a mantra circling around my brain as stitches slipped down the needles. Everything’s going to be okay. You’re going to be fine…
Everything is more than okay and fine. It’s ruddy marvellous.