It took me about six days and I finished it up today! It still needs to be blocked and I will redo the border. It's not the best work I've done, but I am in love with the color. I have plenty of yarn left over to try again. There are a couple of things I would do different next time. For starters I would plan it out. I would put the project down during the climactic scenes of Merlin. I would also do an invisible stitch to join the pieces so that the blanket was flat as opposed to rigid. And I would make sure that the right side was the right side. Practice makes perfect.
It also has a special place in my heart. I prayed a lot while making this blanket. It may sound cliche but I prayed for the children of Africa. I prayed for the orphaned babies and abandoned children. I have been reading some adoption blogs recently and have been blessed to hear different adoption stories, some wonderful and some heartbreaking. There are so many babies in orphanages either abandoned or who have lost their parents due to AIDS or genocide and my heart breaks. So every little flower on this blanket is a prayer for safety, protection and Love. That whoever is caring for them that they could just love on those babies. That angels would play with them while they were isolated in their cribs. I prayed for the parents that had to give their babies up. And prayed for their future homes and families, that God was just putting all of those things in motions for those children to be loved and cared for. I prayed for easy transitions and traveling mercies. I prayed all these things while kissing my babies a couple of more times before bed. I prayed that babies without father's would seek the one true Father, for He does not abandon. I pray that someone could love them. I hope you can pray for them too.