Remember how much I love baby blankets? I love love love them! I'll explain the selfish reasons first: 1) Most hand knit gifts are given to the individual, but baby blankets are usually bestowed at baby showers, which results in a room of women oohing and ahhing as soon as the blanket is unveiled. It's a very rewarding moment! 2) I love hearing stories about how much the baby loves their blanket and how they can't sleep without it. Makes me tear up a little bit!
You know, I think I'm just going to stick with the selfish reasons. 3) They are so darn fun to knit! Behold, the Shale Baby Blanket! Faithful readers will remember this from my 26 before 27 posts. Check out that feather and fan motif and how it magically forces the fabric into a scalloped edge! Get a load of those wrapped eyelets! Gah, I love it so much! After every 4 rows I lay it down and take a good look at it (and make Jared look at it, "No Jared, take a good long look at it!"), I think it's the most beautiful thing I've ever knit, easy! I think I'll go work on it now!

A few notes about the pictures. The first blanket was knit with Lion Brand Organic Cotton Yarn for baby Nialah. Our church worked with Care Net to throw a baby shower! Care Net provides counseling and medical services to women with unplanned pregnancies. Time Magazine describes organizations like Care Net as "the new face of an old movement: kind, calm, nonjudgemental." 

The second blanket is being knit with Cascade Superwash Wool for Little Peanut, our soon to be nephew! My camera had difficulty catching the color, it's not cerulean, it's a beautiful deep royal blue.

Oh, and Happy 4th of July! I'll probably spend most of the day inside knitting!

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