My grandmother had a habit of knitting baby blankets for new babies in the family. And we don’t have a small family; she and my grandfather alone had six children. Have you ever knit a baby blanket before? It’s a long process, and typically it can be arduous or boring. Depending on the pattern, of course.
My grandparents are gone now (you may remember my last post with them in it, The Implications of Warmth), but a lot of the knits my grandmother made are still around. My little brother’s first toque hung around in our laundry room for an eternity, and I still remember sloshing around in the backyard as a kid, wearing a home-made pair of mittens that quickly got saturated with spring snow. Things that come from the heart never really leave, so when one of my best friends announced she was getting married, I knew what I wanted to do.
She was getting a blanket.
Now, she and her new husband aren’t having a baby. But they did, in a way, start a new family. I wanted them to have something special as they embarked on their new life together. It had to have an element of their wedding in it, and it had to be fairly easy to do because I recruited another best friend to help me (kudos to her for helping me undertake such a huge project when she is just barely getting her feet wet with knitting!). The blanket is four colours, all representative of the wedding in some way. There are two red squares and two blue squares, which were the wedding colours; and two grey squares, which kind of tied in the bridal party’s suits. The border was an off-white to tie in the bride’s dress. I utterly love it, and I think the new couple did too (despite it being a couple months late…!).
Now, for those of you who are interested, the technicalities. My friend and I wanted them to have something low-maintenance that they could just throw into the washer/dryer when they needed to, and like I mentioned above it needed to be fairly easy for a new knitter to do. So we chose Red Heart Comfort (Solids), which was a bit squeaky and a little sticky to knit with but will keep them warm and doesn’t bleed when washed. The pattern is a bit more difficult. We based most of it off of the Moderne Baby Blanket pattern, but the border is knit onto it with short-row corners using the spirit of the Ten Stitch Blanket. I don’t remember what the needle size was, now.
It was most definitely worth it.