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Malcolm’s Blanket & Giveaway

UPDATED 6.18.14: Congratulations to Nancy, Jamie and Sophiesgirl for winning a copy of Malcom’s Blanket! Check your email for further instructions…

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As you read this dear readers, I am winging my way across the country to the Interweave Studios to film a DVD. More on that in a later post, but look up and wave as planes pass over you! I’m on one of those knitting sleepily and drinking caffeine like it’s going out of style.

I’m excited to share this new pattern with you because it’s been a long time in the making.

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Malcolm (Photo by Tovah Moreno-Blank)

Many of you know about our harrowing birth story with our son who just turned 3. Callum was born 2 months early with a host of problems after an emergency c-section. He was kept in the NICU for a month and it was touch and go every day. I look back on that month spent in a windowless room, growing immune to the beeps and alarms, the rushing of footsteps and the fluorescent lighting as I sat next to my son in his isolate incubator awaiting text results, not being able to hold him more than 20 minutes a day. I’d walk through the lobby and see the happy moms who got to take their children home after giving birth and want to find a corner to go and scream at the top of my lungs. Like many things in life, unless you’ve been in that situation when your world is crumbling, you have no idea what it feels like.

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I met Honey while teaching. Teaching is a funny thing… You go into it with a bunch of students, you share an experience, you bond over knitting and you hope to see them in another class and watch their skills grow and grow. Every now and then you meet someone super special and you have an instant connection. I suppose all friendships are like that, but when I’m in “teacher mode” I’m so focused on making sure everyone is happy, they’re comfortable and they’re getting the technique to think “hey, I could be friends with this person outside of class.” Honey took a number of classes with me and I liked her right from the get go, especially when she invited me over to knit and watch Game of Thrones. A woman after my own heart.

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When Honey told me she was pregnant I immediately started flipping through the baby patterns stored in my brain wondering what I would knit her. I was even more excited to learn that she too would have a son and she was moving right down the street from us. She had taken a lace baby blanket class with me and struggled to finish, so I knew I would knit her that pattern.

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I wouldn’t wish our birth experience on anyone, so when Honey texted me to tell me that she was having a similar situation with her son coming 6 weeks early, I sprinted to my LYS, bought some Lorna’s Laces Worsted Superwash and Knit. Like. The. Wind. I have never knit a blanket so fast, and while I knew things would be dicey for a while, just as they were with us, I wanted her to have it for Malcolm in the hospital. Knitting says so much on its own – I am thinking about you and your family. Someday we’ll look back on this and think “how the heck did we survive that?” I’ve got your back for whatever you need. I will do whatever I can to help you get through this. You will be ok. He will be ok.

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Many months later, I’m happy to say that Malcolm is thriving (and so cute!). I like to name projects after people who are important to me, and always name something after a friend has had a baby in honor of them. This is a special case because Honey and I were in the trenches together, sharing a similar birth experience. Meet Malcolm’s Blanket, an elegant, heirloom-style baby blanket named after Honey’s sweet little boy. Knit on US 7s and using 5 hanks of gorgeous hand dyed Zen Garden Serenity Worsted (a merino, cashmere and nylon superwash blend) in Blue Hawaii, this is a great project for anyone expecting a little one. The pattern has a good rhythm and makes for good TV or travel knitting. Walking through the woods to photograph it with my son running beside me gathering rocks and bugs, it reminded me just how far we’ve come. I look forward to the day when Callum and Malcolm will run and play together.

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In honor of Callum’s recent 3rd birthday, I’ll be giving away 3 copies of the Malcolm’s Blanket pattern (open to residents worldwide). Leave a comment on the blog answering this trivia question: The name “Callum” is of Gaelic origin and means what? Bonus points if you know what his middle name “Finnegan” means.

Three winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday.

Download the pattern here.

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23 Comments Post a comment
  1. Elke P. #

    Callum means Dove, and Finnegan is Irish meaning white, fair – Always interesting to learn new things – Thanks and a big hug to all the Preemies and their parents it is hard just remember we think of you and keep you in our thoughts and prayers..

    June 16, 2014
  2. mooskers5 #

    dove and fain- hope to win
    its beautiful and the story is as well

    June 16, 2014
  3. mooskers5 #

    “fair”

    June 16, 2014
  4. Beverly #

    Callum means dove, Finnegan means fair. Lovely names. Parenting is so hard, health issues make us so helpless. I am so glad both boys are doing well!

    June 16, 2014
  5. Shing #

    We named our son Caden, thinking it was an original but later googled it and found it was Welsh for spirit of the warrior. I love the name “Callum” which means Dove. Have no idea about Finnegan, fairheaded maybe? Would love the blanket pattern, it is beautiful!

    June 16, 2014
  6. Anne #

    Thanks for the giveaway. The blanket is beautiful!
    The meaning of Callum is dove. And the meaning of Finnegan is fair.

    June 16, 2014
  7. lindarumsey #

    The blanket is gorgeous!
    Callum means Dove and Finnegan means Fair or White.

    June 16, 2014
  8. sophiesgirl #

    I’ve been thinking about making a baby blanket for a future grandchild and this one is beautiful. Callum = Dove, Finnegan = Fair, two beautiful Irish names.

    June 16, 2014
  9. Malcolm’s blanket is GORGEOUS! Honey will surely treasure this for many years.
    Callum means dove and Finnegan means fair. Thank you for the great giveaway, hugs to all.

    June 16, 2014
  10. Ok…that is easy for me. My best friends son has that name, and I have known him since birth…he is now 35. Means Dove or Bird. Finnegan…no idea, but “Mr. Finnegan” has been knitting Aran Island sweater for my family for 50 years. We even visited him 10 years ago in northern Ireland. Great guy with talented Irish knits at his side.

    June 16, 2014
  11. Lise #

    The pattern is beautiful, and the story behind it very touching. Lovely. Callum means dove, and Finnegan fair.

    June 16, 2014
  12. Jaime McCorry #

    It breaks my heart to hear of the struggles of brand new babies I’m so glad your son Callum & his new friend Malcolm are doing well! My own daughter Abaigeal spent a week in NICU when she was born because she would stop breathing suddenly. Today Abaigeal is a beauty at 16 years old! Going home without her was the hardest thing I’ve ever done…

    June 16, 2014
  13. Renee #

    Let me first say what a beautiful story and tribute this is to Malcolm and a gorgeous blanket. Callum is dove and Finnegan means white and fair.

    June 16, 2014
  14. Cori #

    Callum means “cutie pie,” based on his pictures!

    June 16, 2014
  15. Callum means dove and Finnegan means little fair one, which he is! He’s adorable and the baby blanket is as well.

    June 16, 2014
  16. Jennifer #

    God Bless you and your son and Honey’s baby… Preemie are special…… I was one 65 years ago and I knit small baby buntings for families that have preemies! I will take a class of yours soon in the DMV.. Peace. Umosman

    June 16, 2014
  17. Lori #

    Callum means dove and Finnegan means fair. Love the blanket and thank you for the giveaway.

    June 16, 2014
  18. Cynthia #

    Callum means Dove and Finnegan means Fair – lovely names for a sweet boy. I didn’t have near the experience you or Honey did, but there were some very tense minutes (felt like hours) where our youngest didn’t have a heartbeat during delivery. Proud to say he’s a grown man now and we are so very grateful he pulled through! Thing 1 & Thing 2 need to catch up with you soon!

    June 16, 2014
  19. Dawn K #

    Callum means Dove and Finnegan means Fair. Such a beautiful blanket as well.

    June 16, 2014
  20. Nancy #

    Love the names.

    Callum: dove from the Lation, Columba. Projects peace, purity, et.al.
    Finnegan: fair/little fair one
    Malcom: Same as Callum :)

    Love the pattern!

    June 17, 2014
  21. Beautiful blanket! Callum means dove and Finnegan means fair.

    June 17, 2014
  22. Joanne #

    Callum means dove.
    Finnigan means fair
    Beautiful names…much thanks for the lovely story…

    June 17, 2014
  23. Kate M #

    Callum means dove and Finnegan means fair/white. I was reading this while feeding my 5 month old son and it brought tears to my eyes! Thankful that both boys are doing well! This is a beautiful blanket. Thanks for the chance to win!

    June 17, 2014

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