My cousins have had a baby, and I'd like to make a present celebrating. (Yes, I know I should have done this before the baby arrived, but I didn't know how to knit then, or at least not very much -- and they're going to have it for at least another 18 years). Bright purple yarn is a necessity, such as the Mousakis Butterfly Cotton:
...and I'd like to design a piece using elements from Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting, specifically the knotwork dragon, Fafner (dragons are also mandatory); some sort of knotwork along the sides; perhaps the symbol for happiness; and the baby's name in runes on the bottom:
I was originally thinking of a baby blanket, but the baby already has tons of crocheted baby blankets. Now I am thinking a wall hanging or pillow, that would still be useful at the baby gets older (again with the 18 years thing). Plus most baby-suitable yarn is tiny, tiny, tiny and I can't imagine knitting up a huge swath of it.