Prompted by the arrival of a very new member of the extended This Is Knit family, we've been thinking about knitted things for babies. As it turns out, we have plenty to think about. For a brand new person, what could be better than a cozy cabled blanket? This is the Cuddles and Cables blanket, a This Is Knit original, which takes just six balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, and the pattern's free when you purchase the yarn. It's just the right size to fit a pram, and the knitting's straightforward: with no shaping at all and regular repeats of a simple cable, it would make a very good first cable project. It's practical too, because the yarn is machine washable. We have a number of possibilities for keeping wee feet warm. First, there's Saartje's Bootees, a free pattern on Ravelry. These are knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. The original version is knitted flat and seamed, but if you want to avoid the seaming, you'll find a link here to a version knitted in the round. A couple of entries back, we got all excited about using Baby Cashmerino together with Debbie Bliss Angel. Well, we've been at it again! These are Mary Jane Booties. They're knitted flat too, though Lisa adapted the pattern for working in the round. Pink, fluffy, with pearl buttons from our neighbours downstairs at A Rubanesque - we couldn't pack any more dotiness in there if we tried.