This is a baby blanket, obviously. This one, for the knitting curious.
Above and beyond those scintillating facts, though, I mostly wanted to let you know about the yarn it's made from. It's a cotton/linen blend--called CotLin--and it's quickly becoming one of my favorite things to knit with for babies.
Like most knitters, I love good, old-fashioned, wash-it-by-hand wool. But, after ruining many of the Kid's precious knitted baby sweaters after just a few wears, I've sworn off it. (Malabrigo worsted. SO beautiful, but it felts up with just the slightest bit of baby drool and shrinks with even the most careful hand-washing.)
Once that lesson was learned, I started using washable wool. (Malabrigo Rios is my drug of choice there.) But even that should be hand-washed and will shrink to doll size if it accidentally ends up in the dryer. (Which tends to happen when you're dealing with tiny sweaters and even tinier amounts of sleep.)
For awhile now, though, I've been knitting dish cloths out of CotLin. It's a little more expensive than 100% "Sugar and Cream" cotton, but still quite affordable. It's also strong enough to stand up to years of scrubbing pots, yet somehow simultaneously gets softer with every wash. (Pure cotton can get stiff, yes?)
Sometime last year, I decided to experiment with this super-hero yarn and use it for a sun suit for Little Miss. The result? Awesome-ness. Real-deal machine washable and softer with every laundry room trip.
For you folks who live in the Northern wilds, I suppose linen may not be warm enough, but for our climate real wool is more often too warm. A lighter knit that can be layered is actually more useful.
And, I'll admit, the CotLin colors aren't as lovely as Malabrigo, but there is still a nice enough selection, particularly in the blues and greens and lavenders that I tend to prefer for little ones. Plus, it's basically worsted weight (close enough, anyway) so it works for a lot of common patterns.
I won't keep going on, but if you do a lot of knitting for babies, you should give CotLin a try. I do believe it's going to become my new default.
What's your favorite yarn for knitting for wee ones? What do you like about it?