And for my sister, who wanted to see a picture of the back, this is the girl blanket that I made last month. I don't have a baby girl to give it to yet - I'm waiting to see who arrives first (I have five pregnant women in my life!). (Back fabric is a thick fleece fabric; yarn is Bernat Cotton Tots)
For the knitters: these are knit in the log cabin style, a la Mason Dixon Log Cabin. I started with the pattern for the Moderne Baby Blanket and adjusted it to my size preference. I am not very happy with the way I picked up the stitches, which is why I put a backing on them. I did some research and experimenting, and now I'm working on another one with Cotton-Ease yarn. I'll put up a post about how I figured out how to pick up the stitches for a smooth back to the blanket. I'm way loving the log cabin blankets.