It all started with their love of raptors.
Kristen and Lori, wildlife biologists, best friends, and now sisters-in-law (they ended up marrying brothers), met while working on a golden eagle project together in the Badlands of North Dakota.
When Lori got pregnant with her second child last year, Kristen (a Green Sheep blog lurker for over a year) wrote and asked me about the possibility of making a Badlands-themed crib blanket. Both families still live in North Dakota. Now, Lori and her husband are ranchers there.
The closest I’ve come to where these two met was the South Dakota Badlands on a family car trip in my early youth to see Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse, and the Corn Palace. That was a long time ago! So I relied on Google Images to feed my imagination. Kristen steered me away from the stylized, filtered photos toward the natural ones. What an astounding landscape!
Kristen, who has been a sewer since age eight (“I learned from my mom and in 4-H!”), requested blues and browns to echo that landscape. I headed that direction and soon realized I needed to somehow represent the Badlands’ fascinating geologic formations. Two striped sweaters were perfect for the project. I also knew from the beginning that there must be a golden eagle coasting on the air currents above the land.
For Lori and Baby Owen, who arrived just last week, here is “Baby in the Badlands.” Welcome, little one! May you come to love the land and its creatures as much as your momma and your Aunt Kristen do. And Kristen and Lori, may your friendship continue to be a blessing that binds you and your families in wonderful ways :)
“Baby in the Badlands” (45″ x 52″)
This blanket has already gone to a good home
10 thoughts on ““Baby in the Badlands””
Haha, when I read “raptors,” I thought “dinosaurs.” Such a lovely blanket.
LOL. And when I hear “dinosaurs” I still think of “Land Before Time.” This kinds LOOKS like a land before time. I’m glad you like the blanket :)
You did it again !!! You never stop amazing me. How nice I have you to brag about
to my friends. Other than your talent, you are a delightful, lovely lady.
Love. Aunt Mary.
Mary, I feel the same about you!
I marvel every time I see your blankets. The “mountains” you made in this one are so creative and appropriate. Love it!
Thank you, ruthiesbest. Each blanket is an adventure. I get to travel through places and stories and loves. It’s honestly a privilege.
Gorgeous! Makes me feel peaceful just looking at it.
Thank you, Kathi. It’s true: my mind was filled with those images the entire time I worked on this blanket. I wanted to be there!
One of my favorites. What beauty!
That means a lot, ‘Ster!