Well, this was the conundrum for a group of us women who are friends with Melissa. Something different was needed at this Blessingway.
Something to thank Melissa for all that she has given. Something that would represent in a small way her strength, intuition, beauty, and deep love. Something that might fortify her for labor but also wrap her in the love of her soul sisters during those difficult hours with a newborn.
So each friend who could knit (and even some who couldn't) picked up needles or crochet hook and made a square ... or several ... and presented them to Melissa at her Blessingway - the squares infused with our thoughts, wishes, prayers, and blessings. The room just glowed with love and joy.
The squares were arranged and rearranged and then handed off to me. I seamed, joined, and bordered.
The blanket is now home. Wrapped around a new little person who was born joyfully at home cradled in the love of her mother and father.
*Many thanks to Kindness Girl for the first three photos!