Last August, when my friend and I went to Loughrea for the middle ages festival we popped into a wool shop. While there, we found some beautiful King Cole Riot chunky yarn in the color moors. I bought the wool, and then started on a project for her as a “souvenir”.
The wrap took me months to make – but I think the colors and pattern turned out beautiful. One of my favorites (I didn’t add the fringe from the pattern) and it’s turned out huge – enough to wear almost as a small blanket… but it folds up nicely into a wrap/scarf or otherwise.
The free crochet pattern is here: www.abc-knitting-patterns.com/1220.html
N and V are pregnant, and expecting a baby boy in April 2016. It’s an exciting time for them, as this is their first. My friend Steph organized a really great baby shower for them, and everything was themed “Out of this world”. There were rockets, stars, planets, NASA and even some posters from the Jet Propulsion Lab.
There was a cake with the baby astronaut in marzipan, a diaper cake with stars and a rocket on top…
and plenty of games – including one where we had to taste baby food and identify it, another where we had to write on diapers (late night messages for the parents), and plenty of laughs at the “pacifier straws”.
There were also plenty of gifts for the little bundle and the new parents.
For me, because I can crochet, I do my best to make sure that the gift is handmade because it’s always a nice gift to get something where the time is spent making it -just the same as the ‘mom’ has been spending time making the baby. 🙂 This time, I made a baby blanket in a ridged vine pattern that reminded me of the rockets taking off into the sky. It’s in James C Brett Marble DK in blues / greens shade. It took me about a week after work to make the whole thing including the edges.
I think it was a hit – and I can’t wait to see little V using it!
Earlier in the year (May 2015), I had an order for a baby blanket for a little boy – that he could grow into. They didn’t want “traditional” colors, but they wanted something masculine and large enough to eventually cover a toddler bed. They also wanted something more solid and not too lacy. I thought on it for a couple of days, and ended up using a dark and light blue, a tan, and a few mixed skeins of mottled browns in a corner to corner pattern. The end result was 2/3 the length of a single bed and I think turned out quite masculine – but not overly baby. What do you think?