I knit the same blanket a few years earlier for my grandson O, though the color of his was a strong apple green. (My daughter did not want the traditional pastel colors, and Dale makes some beautiful, rich colors in Baby Ull.)
To the right is a picture showing what my grandson O (nearly 7 years old) did to the blanket with a pair of scissors.
At first O tried to blame their dog. My daughter knew a dog didn’t do it, so as granddaughter F reluctantly pointed her finger at her big brother, grandson O confessed.
Throughout this, I sat in the corner of their living room, stunned and, uncharacteristically, at a total loss for words, tears silently running down my cheeks. (The blanket had been a time-consuming labor of love.)
I don’t know which upset grandson O more: his punishment or knowing he made me cry. (I think the latter.) My punishment was that he would have unstack and drag out every bin of my stash (and I have many), and carefully go through each one until he found the leftover skein of the yarn.
A few days later he came over, positive and ready to work hard until he found it. (He also suggested I fold up the cut blanket and put it in a zip lock bag so he could keep it near him as he matched colors. Then, he explained, he could unzip it and feel the wool to compare the skeins he found in a similar color.) In the seventh bin, he found it. He was overjoyed (as was I).
I repaired the blanket. The repair is invisible from the right side, though less invisible on the wrong side. (I wanted to be sure I secured the cut ends so it will withstand many years of love – and washings.)
Now everyone is happy again.
Note to new fiber artists: I always buy enough yarn for a project so that I have about 1/4 to 1/2 skein left for future repairs. When I have enough, I have also been known to later cut the cuffs off a child sweater, pick up the stitches and then use the saved yarn to knit a couple of more inches before reattaching to the sleeve. This is great for the child who gains height but stays slim. (You may have to work a new pattern into the sleeve to cover any change in the color due to fading.)