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Knitting for the Tropics?

I've just heard the happy news that a university friend is due her second child in September. I'm normally a dab hand at baby knits, they're quick and fun to knit. I usually make small cardigans, wee woolly socks or booties in cheery colours.

The problem I have is my friend lives in Darwin in the tropical Northern Territories in Australia. The temperature rarely drops below 30C and was in the 40s when we visited. Her 3 year old daughter lives in summer dresses and sleeveless tops without a hint of a cotton cardie.

So, what do I knit for the new arrival? I'm thinking it will be in cotton, maybe a blanket which can double up as a towel and play mat. Any suggestions?

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