Yes the baby blanket (with matching hat and mittens) are a gift for a friend who just had a baby in December. I know she'll take good care of it as she appreciates the hard work I'm putting into it!
If I didn't have people to give my knitting away to I'd be overrun with knitted goods!!
I do have one scarf in the works for a guy at work but we need to pick out the wool and colour yet. That's the 'Nearly as long as a Dr. Who Scarf but it's NOT a Dr. Who Scarf' Scarf.
Anyway, I'm sure once people see such hard work and dedication you put into your work they will be clambering to get their hands on something you've made!
As for biking in Ireland, last summer I had the priviledge of giving a group of French cyclists directions...in French!! I think if you pick July/August you'll be alright, but most cyclists have raingear with them at all times!
Amy, thanks for that, you're right that it won't matter where I pick up the stitches before or after I block. Picking up stiches is my weak point tho so I'm going to take my sweet time doing it! I'll block it afterwards (which, I must admit, I've never blocked before so I'm a tad nervous!).
Anyway, after work I'll see about starting a border on that blanket.