Recently my extraordinarily small family was graced with a new baby to love! Baby Lexi was born to my cousin (and childhood bff) Derek and his wife stephanie. (hey, Ru, you might know stephanie, she works as a check-out girl at save mart in Mary's vineyard - i know, superfluous information!).
Anyhow, new babies are always special, but I somehow feel they're extra special for us since we have so few relatives. I wanted to knit the baby something she could enjoy as a keepsake and something to snuggle into, so I made this afghan with extra soft off-white wool in a "little shells" pattern.
Here's the deal...the pattern turned out beautifully and the whole thing is very well done except for one thing: I HATE the shape of it. It's rectangular. Rectangular afghans are perfect for adults but I'm not sure how they are for a child. Granted, the afghan is big enough for her to curl up in until she's a teenager, but I believe baby blankets should be square or only slightly rectangular. Anyhow, maybe I'm being too hard on myself, I don't know.
Along with this afghan, I'm sending bottles of deKoninck beer and tons of candy for everyone to munch on. I miss my family and friends so much, but I'm glad Lexi will have hugs from me in the form of a far-too-rectangular afghan (with love in every stitch).