the gift of warmth

Thursday, February 26, 2009

If you had asked me 20 years ago what the best month for a wedding would be, I would for sure have said October. Maybe September. Certainly not January. But that's how it worked out for me…a January wedding, in a string of weeks of below-freezing days, and on day three of a terrible head cold for me. Not ideal, but hey, in the end, we were married, and that was what mattered the most.

We received so many amazing gifts that day and in the days leading up to the wedding, and a few in the days since…some beautiful things we would never have thought of needing, and some totally practical things we knew we "needed" (I realize that the term "need" is relative, and could be a whole post on its own…). Anyway, one of my favorite gifts was from a friend and bridesmaid and knitter extraordinaire…the gift of a great cozy blanket to chase away the chills of a winter honeymoon (yes, we stayed up North).

Several things I love about this blanket:
1. made by hand by Andrea.
2. made by hand by Andrea while traveling all through central Europe…this blanket has been to several different countries at various stages of it's development, while Andrea traveled to teaching engagements and kids camp, etc. in her life as a missionary in the Czech Republic
3. the color, the pattern, the weight of the yarn…it all comes together to make the perfect blanket for a graphic designer who loves neutral colors and a heavy blanket on me as I sleep! And it goes great with the blue coverlet we found…bonus!

the top photo is where the blanket has found its home…at the foot of the bed during the day (on the days that I make the bed…which are far more than they used to be!!). the middle photo is at the house where we stayed for a week after the wedding…a really lovely rental property in Niagara-on-the-lake that my husband found for us.


Janice said...

so the name of the pattern... ?!

Have a great day!

avagdro said...

Thanks Jen for sharing the gift of beautiful indeed.Wish you all the best for further creations.

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Anonymous said...

The blanket looks so great in your place. Glad you love it - I loved making it for you and thinking about you all those months of knitting. I also enjoyed saying "Big Squishy Lovefest" whenever I could.


jen said...

yes, another favorite part of the gift was the name of the pattern: Big Squishy Lovefest!!!

Victoria said...

I love it!

Of course, how cold is it actually getting in the SOUTH?