Over the past 17 years, I've made a blanket for each of my nieces and nephews. I try to deliver them at about the time each kid graduated from crib to bed or when the oldest's world was massively disrupted by younger siblings. Clockwise from left: Tamarix Quilt for Miss Z, Rambling Rows for Master A, and Chevrons for Miss T. Pre-blog and a few computers ago I made 3 others; I tried to find pictures of those tonight with no luck. Over the years I've caught these blankets in action for blanket forts and naps. I've repaired them. I treasure the photos I have of my favorite kids with their blankets.
The last one (unless someone suddenly has another baby) is on the needles right now. For some reason, I decided to knit another garter stitch log cabin variant; this time the Parcheesi Afghan. I expect to spend as much time assembling and weaving in ends as I will knitting. Since it's my exclusive project for this month (and is suitably brainless for after work TV), I hope to finish it this month. I sped through log cabin squares during the summer and started the stripey borders a few weeks ago.
Before I could start all those striped sections, I finally made a blanket for myself. I loved knitting the Vintage Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket for Miss T, so I planned one for myself when I found out that Cascade had discontinued their cotton-wool blend Sierra and Webs had it on closeout. I spent a lovely hour in the warehouse playing with color for the last niece blanket and my own. Since there is some color crossover, and my blanket had a specific plan, I needed to finish mine before I could complete Miss A's. I love it! For something so big, it's a quick knit. I made this one in about 10 weeks. Considering it was an at home only project, that's speedy for me these days. All the details are in Ravelry.