Love and comfort

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I’ve been working on a couple of little cloths for a very special gift. I have a remarkable friend, Meg, who is expecting a baby girl in a couple of weeks. Emerald will be born with a congenital heart defect and will require assistance pretty much immediately from birth. Her mama is so strong and courageous and a true advocate of the attachment parenting philosophy. She and her husband have been communicating with and influencing their medical care team to ensure their daughter will not be deprived of essential skin to skin, breastfeeding and cosleeping. These tiny, insignificant cloths could be popped in Meg’s nursing top and, should Meg and Emerald have to be parted, hopefully Emerald will be comforted by the scent of her mama on these cloths.

It’s such a small thing but getting these right has been very important to me. I live many miles from Meg, although we are both in the same country, and this feels like a physical way to be connected with both her and her baby. What a gift knitting is to the knitter as well as the recipient when love can be literally knit in with each stitch worked.

I posted these today and hope the love pours out of the parcel when it is opened.

Joining Nicole and Ginny

 

12 thoughts on “Love and comfort

  1. Ruby

    Oh those are beautiful and such beautiful sentiment from you to her. I really adore her baby girl’s name! Really. My name is Ruby, but I never considered Emerald for one of my daughters’ names–I missed the boat! I hope all goes smoothly for mama & babe in the weeks ahead. xx

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    1. Tania Post author

      Thank you Ruby. Hey, you know it isn’t too late for you…and that would sort out June’s 6th birthday present just great! x

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  2. Sarah W.

    What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I am sure the little cloths will provide so much comfort to both mama and baby girl. I love the leaf motif. Did you use a specific pattern or did you create your own? Absolutely lovely. You are a wonderful friend.

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    1. Janet

      I agree with Sarah – how beautiful they are and how thoughtful are you for your friend! Might you be willing to share the pattern? Thanks!

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      1. Tania Post author

        Thank you for your sweet comments Sarah and Janet. Of course I’m delighted to share the pattern. It’s Leaf Lace washcloth by Jan Eaton and it’s free on Ravelry.

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  3. Valerie

    I love how beautifully these turned out, Tania! I’m sure Meg will know just how much love for her and Emerald went into the making of these cloths, and how sincerely they represent your wishes for the two of them. I will be thinking of them too in the coming weeks and hoping all goes as smoothly as possible! xoxo

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    1. Tania Post author

      I’m so pleased with how they came out and, once again, having you there cheer leading me on really helped when I was getting in a muddle trying amalgamate those other two patterns! So Thank YOU. Meg seemed really pleased with them and said she’d been wanting to find something for that very purpose

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