Summer's summer blanket
(Gilbert, Arizona, USA)
Please describe and tell us about your baby blanket.
This blanket was made for a dear friend's baby in September 2009. The parents did not find out if it was a boy or girl, so I had a very neutral blanket finished. However, when she was born, and we knew she was a girl, I had to make a really "girly" blanket! The night I presented Summer with this blanket, her parents asked me to be her godmother. I was so honored and thrilled, so this blanket holds a special place in my heart, and I think in Summer's!
What yarn and needles did you use and where did you get them? Why did you pick this yarn?
We live in Arizona, where the weather can get very hot, but the air conditioning sometimes requires a blanket, even in summer. I chose Knit Picks Comfy Worsted yarn for this project. The cotton acrylic blend was not only warm in the winter and breathable in the summer, but it was also machine washable--a must for baby projects!
Tell us more about your design. Was it inspired by another pattern? Why did you pick those colors?
This blanket was inspired by the pattern "Girlie Flower Baby Afghan" by Monica Kennedy. I picked the colors because they looked fresh and clean and...girlie. The blanket is crocheted with a Boye crochet hook.
Did you run into any problems when knitting your baby blanket? How long did it take you to knit?
This blanket only took me a few evenings to complete. I do knit and crochet quite quickly, and I knew I wanted to finish it by the time I met Baby Summer, so I spent late nights finishing it. My estimate is about 9 hours.
Anything else you'd like to share about your baby blanket or knitting in general?
A knitted or crocheted baby gift is my way of welcoming a new baby and showing the family how much I care about them. I enjoy the process of creating the gifts as much as I do giving them. When parents tell me how treasured their blankets are--how their children take them everywhere with them, sleep with them, and cuddle with them--it warms my heart and is exactly what I was hoping for. All of my blankets are made to be used, not put on a shelf and admired from afar!