Blankets for babies! These often become precious items treasured for a lifetime. I know a young woman who had taken the baby blanket made by her grandmother everywhere her entire life, so that by the time she was in her twenties it was just a 12 inch square that traveled in a special bag. Family members complained that it smelled, but she still slept with it every night.
Every time we knit or crochet a baby blanket, we might be creating a treasured heirloom. What makes them precious probably isn't the intricate stitchery, most often it is the feel of the fiber, the texture, and the love knit into every stitch that children and even adults carry around with them for comfort.
What is the best yarn for a baby blanket? That is a very personal question and many crafters have strong opinions on the subject. Some babies do, too. Brooks, our first Yarn Shop Baby loves wool so much that he likes to rub wool yarns and swatches on his face. He wants nothing to do with acrylic ones. His first handknit baby blanket was cotton, but he never grew attached to it. When he got a wool one (knit out of our Rambo rambouillet yarn) he loved it. His younger sister keeps trying to steal it from him and they actually fight over it.
Any fiber is good for a baby blanket if the knitter, crocheter, and recipient like it. Our baby blanket kits include cotton, superwash and non-superwash wool, acrylic, and various combinations of these. In each kit description we discuss the particular merits of the yarn in the kit.