Madelyn received this beautiful heirloom shawl last night, a little late but much loved all the same. Nanny made it especially for her from a shawl booklet I came across and purchased one day, knowing that a handmade shawl was the way she wanted to welcome each of her grandbabies into the world.
She made this one for Austin (that's himat 3d old in the photo above), which he was wrapped in for our first family photo, taken as we left the hospital and also when I carried him into the house for the first time. Madelyn used it as her coming home shawl too, since her own shawl was still on the needles. Here's Austy with Lizzy (3w older than him) on the day he came home from hospital.
I totally understand the time and concentration that goes into these as I doubt I could ever have the discipine and patience to make one myself, and the results are stunning. Certainly worth the wait! Madelyn will have lots of snuggles in this shawl and I'm sure she will love using it for her own child one day too.