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Stitching Fool
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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  09:29:54 AM  Show Profile Send Stitching Fool a Private Message

I need a bit of advice:

my knitting group includes an expectant (3rd child) woman...I'd love to knit her a blanket for the baby, but she is so much more advanced than me...what to do?

Also, I thought the rest of the group could each knit a square and make a "squares" blanket from all of us.

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  09:57:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
we just did that for a member ( husband and wife members...)
of our spin group, they'd had premie twins
the boy died and they managed to save the girl
so we all knit some squares and gave it to the little girl

ps: some squares were just garter stitch so the new knitters had parts to do
and I did the candle tree...... the center square

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal ~now with chickens!
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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  10:27:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit KnittAR's Homepage Send KnittAR a Private Message
I think that the idea of everyone knitting a square is great! A knitter would appreciate all of the work that went into it, and as a surprise it would be wonderful. I would love that, but no more babies are coming to our house!!
I also sometimes worry about giving knitting to someone who also knits, in case it isn't good enough. People who care about you would love something hand made by you, regardless.

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  11:33:07 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Stitching Fool your group idea sounds wonderful. I think any knitter would be thrilled to have a newborn wrapped up in the kind wishes of kindred souls.
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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  1:02:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitrageous's Homepage Send Knitrageous a Private Message
The group idea does sound great. I'm sure she'd love it!


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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 07/29/2006 :  2:40:04 PM  Show Profile Send goldiegirl a Private Message
I think the group blanket idea sounds lovely. And if you want to make a little something yourself, as well, don't worry that your friend is a more accomplished knitter. I'm sure she will treasure anything you make - knowing as only a knitter does the thought and effort that is put into a handknit object.

With two children already, she may not have time to knit the new baby many things, so anything will probably be much appreciated!
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Stitching Fool
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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  06:33:16 AM  Show Profile Send Stitching Fool a Private Message
I knew I could count on good advice here...Thanks so much! I'll tell the group so we could plan...and (yay) shop for yarn.

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Guardian angel

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Posted - 07/30/2006 :  10:22:27 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message
>.I'd love to knit her a blanket for the baby, but she is so much more advanced than me...what to do?<

Speaking as a knitter with almost 60 years of experiene, I would be totally honored to receive a knitting gift, even if the knitter could only do garter stitch. Trust me on this one. The better a knitter she is, the more she will appreciate your work.

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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:28:31 AM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message
Don't worry about how your knitting ability vs your friend's ability. I'm sure she will love anything that you knit.

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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:39:23 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Another voice saying she will love the gift, even if it is made simply. I just knitted a baby blanket for my friend Anna, who also knits. She loves it. Many knitters make gifts for other people but never receive hand-knitted gifts themselves. We should give each other more knitting.

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Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  07:56:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit SheBer's Homepage Send SheBer a Private Message
It's great that she is a knitter, as she will surely appreciate that sweet blanket. When I had my firstborn (19 years ago - yikes!) I received a beautifully knit baby blanket from someone. It was my favorite blanket to use with him, just because the size was so perfect and it was so soft. NOW I look back and totally appreciate it because of all the work that went into it, too. I didn't fully appreciate that back then, even though I loved it. (Yes, I saved it to pass on one day.)So your knitting friend will have all kinds of reasons to love it, right off the bat.

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Posted - 07/31/2006 :  09:27:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message
I'm a very advanced knitter, and so are many of those who've answered you (Fran is a knitting GURU!!). As they all said, I would be honored beyond belief to be given a handknitted gift from a novice knitter! Even if it were just a baby washcloth, I'd love and treasure it.

Bless you for wanting to do something so sweet.

And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. Exodus 35:25
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New Pal

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Posted - 08/07/2006 :  6:13:48 PM  Show Profile Send KnitHappens a Private Message
You know, I love knitting, crafting of all sorts...I appreciate handmade gifts more than anything because of the time, effort and love put into the gift. I think the squares are a totally fabulous idea!! I would cry if my knitting group did something like that for my little one!

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Posted - 08/12/2006 :  5:05:13 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message
I had a boss once who told me you should ONLY knit, crochet, cross-stich, etc for people who know how to do it themselves. THEY are the ones who will most appreciate your gift. Twenty years later, I believe she was right!
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Warming Up

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Posted - 08/12/2006 :  6:03:08 PM  Show Profile Send abflab a Private Message
What a great idea for your group to each knit a square. I would love something like that! I'm sure she would, too.
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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 08/14/2006 :  8:23:40 PM  Show Profile Send NuttyKnitter101 a Private Message
i agree with hills, most ppl think its cool, but they don't really understand the effort that goes into hand made items. Even if its basic, many "pros" would appreciate anything they were given that hand crafted

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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 08/14/2006 :  10:03:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit roofth's Homepage  Send roofth a Yahoo! Message Send roofth a Private Message
Earlier this year I participated in two group baby blanket projects, results shown here.

One blanket, everyone knitted up a square with whatever yarn, whatever color, whatever pattern/texture they wanted. Another blanket, we knitted the "Circle of Friends" blanket from the book, "Last Minute Knitted Gifts". It was alot of fun to do something collectively, and I know the mothers-to-be were absolutely thrilled and touched by the handmade group gift (both mothers are knitters).

In anycase, I think it's a GREAT gift idea, and if presented with similar opportunities to do it again, I would!

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