Here's Layla four years ago as a newborn. She's cozy in her very pink, chunky cotton Baby Chalice blanket by Karen Lauger. It's my favorite newborn lace blanket and I've made it often. It's easy enough for a beginner lace knitter and with chunky yarn it goes fast. To say Layla became attached is an understatement....This is her go to blanket and is with her always!
Although somewhere along the line she deemed it too small for covering her and asked for Grandma to make her a bigger one....and Grandma did. However as wonderfully purple and as big as it was, it just wasn't as good. This one is Pine Forest baby blanket by Ingrid Aartun Bøe and I love it as well for a semi-mindless knit.
Layla's blanket was so well loved that it was getting rather thread bare. Since I live 8 hours south of Layla we had to come up with a strategy to have her be separated from the blanket....so with just enough left over yarn I made a scarf, same pattern, same yarn and sent it. She was convinced while wearing her scarf to go with Mom to the post office and to send off the blanket to Gamma for fixing. I did my best and returned it priority mail the next day......
But at this point the fibers are just worn out and for each repair a new hole emerges. Four months from the date of this repair it became clear that we would be nearing disintegration if I didn't find a solution.
So I came up with a plan to stitch the knitting down to some flannel. I pulled the broken fibers together as best I could and stitched around each of the leaf motifs. I'll mail it tomorrow, I'm hoping the soft flannel and the fact she can still squish it up will make up for the fact her favorite blank-ie in the world has been altered!
I am touched that I was able to make something so well loved!
..and she loves it...whew!
So happy that she has embraced the new design!