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Welcome Presents

Do you remember when I told you that E. is going to be a mother at the end of August?

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Well, everything worked out fine, and on the 23rd of August, she gave birth to AJ, a really beautiful, ginger-haired(!) baby girl who is absolutely cute (at least from what I have seen on pictures; we are to meet soon though).

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Being a mum has been a huge, huge (but happy) change for E. and while we haven’t spoken on the phone since August (!), we are still close, communicating through texts, and pictures, and parcels and cards.

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I know that I have loved working on this blanket. Although it was summer, the weather wasn’t as hot, and although the pattern wasn’t one of the most interesting ones, I found the size of the stockinette squares big enough to keep me interested and easy enough to knit on while watching Let’s Plays or reading.

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After the blanket was done (I knit it on commute for a while, but you can’t carry a blanket around forever), I was a bit worried that it wasn’t big enough for the baby (or only useable for a very short time). Then my mother reminded me that baby blankets in general do not have to be huge – they can still serve as playmats for later, or add some additional warmth in a stroller when the kid is too big for the pram.

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So I gave the yarn a good wash in the washing machine (and what can I say – this yarn is awesome. I washed it at 30°C with normal soap (as E. will do and probably has done), and it came out absolutely fine) and blocket it only a bit.

Happy with my result, I bundled it up

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and added three tiny presents for the girl:

Two tiny pairs of socks, made from leftover yarn:

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and a wee little hat with ears, made from leftover Angora wool:

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It didn’t look like a lot (well, apart from the blanket), but there was a card, and (finally!) two presents for E. and her husband, containing the potholders I knit them for Christmas in the colours of their favourite soccer clubs:

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We had also bought a card to go with it all, and so I carried the parcel to the post office.

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It was a hit, apparently. After receiving a really enthusiastic text from E., saying thank you and showing me a picture with AJ wearing the hat (please don’t be concerned about the Angora), I realised that it didn’t fit at all. (Baby heads are huge). So I sat down with leftover sock yarn, and when it was E.’s birthday, the parcel I send to her not only included her presents (a calendar, a notebook, a card, and tea), but also a new little hat:

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Which fits her perfectly.

I know, I have said, I wanted to knit more for myself – but she is so smitten with what I have send her, and AJ apparently loves her socks, the blanket and the hat (which fits fine, by the way -phew!), that I am definitely contemplating knitting more tiny socks and maybe a cardigan.

2016, while troublesome, definitely had its good sides. 🙂

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