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Summer's summer blanket

by Emily
(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!






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Jan 04, 2011
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the best gift!
by: joanne

as the mom of Summer, i absolutely love this blanket. she sleeps with it every night, with the exception of when it is in the laundry. which by the way i also absolutely love that it can be washed right at home.

this is the second blanket made for our family from Emily and they are both treasured.

this design was incredibly sweet given that he name is Summer. and that is was made after she was born but before Emily met Summer. it is truely amazing to me.

i love looking at Summer and the fact that she will have this blanket forever.

Jan 04, 2011
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fabulous!
by: Lacie

this is so creative and adorable. the perfect blanket for a little girl. you are quite an artist with those needles :)

Jan 04, 2011
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WOW!
by: Sarah

Such meticulous mastery of detail and inspiring creativity! This little girl will have it forever. I know I would!

Jan 03, 2011
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Summer peaches
by: Anne

This is a great idea and the blanket is beautiful. The color is lovely and perfect for a little girl named Summer. The story is nice, too.
How lovely to have your godmother knit an heirloom.

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