That's a beautiful blanket, and a thoughtful gift from a caring friend. I'm so sorry for her loss, this must be a difficult time for her. I'm glad you can reach out to her in this way. I expect the baby will be well loved and a great comfort to her.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper