From March until July of this year, I worked on a baby blanket for a friend’s baby. It took a very long time to finish, not because I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, but because I chose a thin yarn and small-gauge needles. The baby was about 9 pounds at birth and I’m sure the blanket no longer even covers him. I had some extra yarn (a la Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen) so I thought I’d make a hat. I found the simplest pattern I could on Ravelry (“a quick and easy baby hat“) and started…
…but apparently I inverted the hat at the same time I started decreasing – you can see the stockinet stitch reverse – so it sort of looks like an acorn. Which would be cool if it were earth tones instead of resembling Funfetti cake, but…oh well.
Fortunately, one of my colleagues is an immensely more talented knitter than I, and is also immensely generous; she made this absolutely beautiful, incredibly soft (seriously, so soft you just want to rub your face against it like a cat rubbing against someone’s ankles at the top of a staircase) baby sweater.
We also received some other handmade items from friends who are vastly more talented at making things than I am: a wonderfully soft, heavy crocheted blanket (which we were told gets softer with each wash), a greyhound doll that smells like lavender, hand-painted blocks with a celestial theme, a pillow covered (literally!) in references to picture books, and a crocheted pine marten.
Many thanks to our crafty and caring friends.