Well, here’s the latest creation! This is a prime example of the baby blankets that I’ve been making for the members of my Squadron at work. Unlike like the blanket that I previously put on my blog, this one is a double crochet stitch in a Granny Square style; a timeless pattern that is absolutely warm and versatile. I think I like this style the best because you can do anything with it.
If you make little squares of different colors and sew them together, you have a Granny Square blanket. If you make rows over and over, like the one pictured to the right, you can make it any size you want (this one is 3 foot squared). Or, you can keep going and going on adding rows…I’ve made 3 king sized afghans, to fit king sized beds, in this exact style. The color combinations are as limited as the yarns that you can find!
As for colors…I have something to say about them too.
I’m kind of on a mission to try and redefine what a baby blanket should look like. If you compare the blankets that I’ve made, and blogged about, they aren’t made in historically “baby” colors. I have a reason for this.
When I grew up, I guess it’s safe to say that I wasn’t “type-cast” into anything. The only time that I was forced to wear dresses or dress the roll of “little girl” was when I was in church or the flower girl in a wedding or something like that even though I was a pure Tom Boy to the core. I think because of that, I was able to develop my own individuality over time. Don’t get me wrong, there are occasions where nothing is better than a nicely tailored skirt and elegant heals and I’m happily wearing them. Believe it or not, and this may surprise people that know me, there are times where I like to wear pink!
But babies really don’t have a choice in the matter. I’ve known many women, especially being in the military, that were drowned in pink growing up and refuse to wear it to this day. So, that is why I like to make baby things that are beautifully neutral.
I also feel sorry for the fathers that really step up to be good, involved fathers and they are trying really hard to ignore the fact that they are carrying a Pepto Bismol pink diaper bag but overjoyed to have their little girl in tow.
So, I’m completely on the unisex bandwagon when it comes to baby colors!!
UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 16TH, 2011
This baby blanket was donated to one of the MANY expecting families at the squadron that I belong to at the end of last year. I hope their little one likes it!!