I few years ago, he lent his baby blanket to me because it was in severe need of repair. Sadly, it was beyond repair. Here are some tattered old photos of it I had taken of it:
He had spent his childhood nibbling on the corners. I couldn't do anything to fix it, so I returned it to him. But maybe one special day I'll recreate it for him. Well that'll be another day.
Sadly, I couldn't be there for his graduation, so I sent him a special guest instead:
Yep! It's an amigurumi penguin based on the penguin on his baby blanket! I originally bought the Amy Gaines pattern for the penguin, but I didn't like that it wasn't knitted in the round, rather it had a seam in the back. So, very loosely based on her penguin and with a mix of crochet and knit I improvised my own. Inspiration happens just like that!