A friend's son recently had a baby, and I asked if they'd like a baby blanket. They would.
The pattern is a typed piece of paper my mom gave me and is called the Rimini Blanket. I have no idea where it came from, but it's the pattern I also use for washcloths, albeit with different sized needles and yarn. It's knit on the bias with eyelets on the edges. It's simple garter stitch.
Well, it should be simple.
I knit this out of Lion Brand Homespun, which is an acrylic yarn that can be thrown in the washer and dryer. I did just that after finishing it, and when I pulled it out of the dryer, this is what I found.
I've been knitting in an obsessive fashion for the past five years. I've knit this blanket four or five times. I've knit lace and complicated colorwork and cables and, well, wtf?
It took a little bit of swearing and a lot of time, but I got it back to acceptability. It's not perfect, but this blanket is going to be peed upon. I need to let go of perfection and stick with softness, ease of care, and the good wishes I send to their family along with the blanket.
Welcome to the world, little guy! You're worth it.