It distracts from last minute jitters, late-pregnancy discomforts, and once the baby is here, from any baby behavior that is less than charming or fragrant. I am enjoying the cuteness of these newest baby items for all of these reasons.
Behold the glory of a completed baby blanket. The pattern comes from Lucinda Guy's Handknits for Kids, and my mother and I split the task of knitting the rows of squares and the lace edging. We used Rowan Classic Cash Soft DK yarn and size 5 needles.