When Noah was two years old I started a blanket for him for Christmas. I really enjoyed making it but then like with a lot of projects I came to a part of the construction that was annoying and tedious and I put it away. He turned four this weekend and for the last 1.5 years I’ve said “I really should finish that blanket” at every Christmas, Birthday, Easter and other occasion that went by.
The time has gone by so fast, I can’t imagine what it must be like for Penny!
Knowing that he was turning four, I realized that I was running out of time for this blanket to still be at least somewhat age appropriate. He’s out of his big coloring stage (which lead to me finding this pattern in the first place) but he is still young enough to enjoy the colors and that it’s crayons.
It was still a pain in the butt to complete. I loved everything about this project until it came time to do the lettering. I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to have any hair left by the end and some of the lettering went on quite wonky, but there was no way I was doing it over again.
I will probably make this blanket again but with some experimentation on making the lettering easier. The way the pattern calls for it to be done is to follow a pattern of crocheting the letters, which end up looking like little sticks and you bend them into the shape and then hand sew them to the blanket. Next time I think I would try to embroider the letters by crocheting it directly onto the blanket, or use fabric glue to get the letters in place before sewing them.
In the end, seeing this made it all worth all the hard work. The poor little dude came down with the flu and started puking his guts up halfway through his party (I am trying really hard not to think about all the slimey kisses I got from him yesterday!). I later saw this photo on his mom’s Instagram and thought it was so sweet. I love that blanket, wonky letters and all! I’m so glad that he and his mom both like it too!
If you are interested in making this blanket you can find the pattern here!
For those of you in NL who can’t find or don’t want to use the Sandnes Garn Smart yarn that the pattern calls for, I used Schachenmayr Nomotta Bravo which is easily available, affordable and really nice to work with!