From the first moments after hearing of Siena's diagnosis last fall, I knew that I wanted to knit a blanket for her. I just knew that I needed to do it. Selecting a pattern, colors, yarn.... it was all very therapeutic. What I didn't know at the time was how much Siena's blanket would become a big part of her legacy and that I would make two more Siena blankets before her first year was done.
After keeping the blanket with us at the hospital, when it was time to choose burial *things* for Siena (read more), we decided to have her buried with her Siena blanket.
On the day we buried Siena, her godparents asked Tim and I to be godparents of their new baby (read more). I again immediately decided to do another blanket for Theo. If you saw me knitting at the Minnesota Catholic Home Educators conference in 2015, that's what I was working on!
And again when I found out I was pregnant with Tomas, I knew that I would need to knit my third Siena blanket. I actually pushed it a little close for Tomas, only finishing a week before he was born. I had it in our hospital bag and when Tomas was transferred (read more), so I sent it along with Tim to Mayo. The first time each of us held him, it was with his Siena blanket close by! In fact, it stayed close throughout his entire hospital stay.