I've been knitting for about 2 years now, though my knitting projects have mostly been small rectangles. I decided that I would do one big rectangle and move on to something more complicated.
I had already been working on this baby blanket for about 3 months when I found out I was pregnant. I was excited that I happened to be knitting something I could use for the baby! I had about 50 rows to go when the worst happened. I found out at 18 weeks that my daughter had anencephaly, a neural tube defect that is, as the doctor said, "incompatible with life". My daughter Mari was born and died on July 7, 2005.
I decided that I needed to finish the blanket before her memorial service. It is, after all, Mari's blanket. I finished it on a Thursday, two days before the memorial service. It is a treasure to me now.