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I am closing in on finishing up the bolero; will be able to finish the second sleeve tonight and add the trim around the neckline and lapels (or is that too generous a term for the fronts of a skimpy bolero?). The striped baby blanket continues to shrink (as in decreases to the finishing point). I saw a version of the same blankie pattern that my friend Linda (also in Mountain Star Quilters with me) had made as a baby gift for Amy... she used Lion Homespun in light blue. Amy commented on how soft and useful this blankie has been... she can wrap both baby James and herself up in it while nursing, either lying down with him or sitting in a chair, providing them with some discretion and/or warmth as the situation dictates. It is soft, stretchy, and very warm for its light weight, and follows them everywhere.
That was a great testimonial about the value of a knitted gift, and reminded me that, while knitting is process for me, it is also product for the recipient and helped me to keep in mind thinking of their needs as well as my own. I slept on this concept, and while out walking early this morning, decided that my next Prayer Shawl would be for a quilt club member whose husband has just begun chemotherapy.