I know lots of you read the craft posts and I apologize for the delay. Seems like I'm always doing that, huh?
Well, here is a gift that I've made many times for babies. But this time, I added a twist. This blanket is always made from cotton (polyester is hot, yucky and will melt!) It's washable, and if you've been around a baby five minutes, you know that's important.
These blankets do take awhile to make, but are really easy. I simplified the pattern to not have ribbing because the color changes would hide them anyway, so why do it? Although I do love knowing how appreciative the parents are, I make these blankets to be used (and abused.) They aren't museum pieces, that's for sure. A few of my blankets become the favored "bankie" and are washed until they become a series of strings. That is great!
But many parents love keepsakes and they are afraid to ruin the blankets, so I came up with a decent replacement.
I created a Christmas ornament using the scraps of yarn I used in knitting the blanket and filling a plain glass ball with it. That way at least part of the "bankie" will survive. Obviously, one could make an ornament "retroactively" by placing pieces of their child's favorite blanket in an ornament as well.