This dreamy, soft as a cloud blanket was carefully created by my husband Peter’s family in South Africa, originally a gift for Oliver as a baby ( he is now, almost 12), with close relatives sewing different animals alongside their names, into each square.
My Mother-In-Law, Cathy is a talented seamstress and each fabric jigsaw piece has been meticulously sewn by her and other relatives including Peter’s brother Barry and other family members, making it an item to treasure and one which will be passed down to our own children’s children and hopefully theirs.
Not only is the piece aesthetically beautiful but you can see the artist in their work through the stitching, ike brushstrokes in a painting.
The blanket is imbued with each relative’s personality and style.
I feel the same with the crocheted and knitted blankets my beloved late Yiayia Annetta (Grandma Annetta) lovingly made me over the years, from birth until my wedding day and beyond. Wrapping myself, and my babies in these handmade pieces brings me closer to their creators.
Now that Peter’s father David has passed, this blanket means more to us than ever.
We adore it. These meaningful, sentimental gifts are always the best.
…Here are a few sweet pics of Daddy’s girl, Florence! Her adorable M&S Fair Isle style cardi is beyond cute, don’t you think? Her 0-3 clothes are still too roomy (hence the socks on top of the sleepsuit) but she’s putting on weight and thriving!
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