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Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of my children once a week in 2016.

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Luke: rainy day painting…look at the concentration on my boys face! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/30 sec, ISO-100).

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Max: this boy naps best in his pram and his rainbow blanket! (Canon EOS 550D, f/5.6, 1/2 sec, ISO-3200).

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FO: Rainbow Baby Blanket

Max, our little bundle of joy, is a “rainbow baby”. A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.

Since Luke’s arrival 4 years ago we’ve had to go through the loss of 4 pregnancies. I only tend to get emotional about these at certain times, and I am a strong believer in the fact that it’s nature at work.

So when we found out that Max was ‘sticking’ around I knew that I wanted to knit some “rainbow” related things, in particular this baby blanket.

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I used this pattern, which was a fantastically easy pattern. I know it looks very complicated, but it’s actually really straightforward to knit. The effect though, is brilliant!

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I decided to knit this up as a cotton blanket, using DROPS Muskat, as I had plans for a woollen one with different colours. I decided on these particular colours as they show the wonderful gradient of a rainbow.

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I also made the blanket extra large, so I am not sure I can actually call it a baby blanket. I wanted to make sure that Max can use it for a fairly long time, especially as the blanket I made for Luke is now very small and he’s just rediscovered it for his use.

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I think Max looks very snug in it, don’t you?

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