the baby, that is.
This is why I’ve been away.
Well, that’s not completely true. It is why I haven’t had anything crafty to share, because on the rare occasions I felt like knitting, I had to work on this, since I missed the baby shower deadline and just barely got it finished for the kid’s birth. My lack of desire to knit is no doubt linked to the lack of freedom I felt on this project. But, all in all, it was worth it. It was for one of my closest friends who just had her first baby, a little boy named Caleb. I hope he’ll enjoy this blanket forever (and that it will not unravel and blatantly disclose my lazy, half-assed “technique” in weaving ends in).
The blanket is the OpArt pattern from the Fall 2008 issue of Knitty, which I thought was perfect for this particular child and mom. My friend is a speech pathologist, very tuned into the subtle developmental stages and patterns of babies and children. While she’s tapped into the auditory and verbal development of children, this pattern touches on their visual development:
“This pattern also appeals to the developmental process of infant vision. Babies are born color blind, and with very poor vision (about 20/400 for a normal infant at birth. They are naturally attracted to high contrast, black and white images, since these are more distinct to them. From a distance of a foot or so, a newborn will be able to distinguish only the larger stripes on the edge of the blanket, with the thinner ones fading away into a solid gray, as the baby matures, the thinner stripes will become distinct.”
The blanket is made of Be Sweet Bambino (one of my most favoritist yarns ever) in sea green and natural. I used two size 5 circulars and 5 balls of each color–which still left me short, but I cut off the pattern 2 stripes early rather than finding 2 more balls of yarn (which can be very difficult). The blanket seemed big enough as it is anyway.
It’s really soft, organic and I think will be quite nice to its new owner–a very adorable and mellow little baby.