Once upon a time, several years ago, I learnt to crochet. This was mostly because someone I worked with was talking about it and I thought it sounded interesting. I bought a beginners book, some hooks and yarn and away we went.
Several years later, when hunting in the loft for something I found a blanket, neatly tucked away. With the impending arrival of my newest niece I decided it would make a suitable present, whilst also clearing a little space in my loft.
I bunged it through the wash, for it is (gasp) acrylic, and sent it off to my sister.
I think I made up the pattern as I went along, it appears to be trebles with a border of doubles. I think I remember working it in strips, and appear to have crocheted it together as I went. I have no idea how I did this.
So it has found its happy ending, for my sister uses it more than the lovely bamboo blanket I purchased for said little person.
Knitterly/yarn snob note- Seriously this is nasty yarn, I bought it when I had no idea about yarn or anything yarn related. I am not opposed to acrylic, it is handy stuff since babies tend to leak from all ends but I would find something nicer now. Still it washes nicely and seems ok softness-wise.