Without a plan or a thought, I have become a modern day Maiden Aunt. You know the one in literature who arrives unannounced with hand-made gifts for the Baby. I’m not sure I was quite ready for the role, but you can never choose your family profile. Perhaps it is the time of year, or maybe there is something in the water, but all my cousins are having babies. It is joyful news, especially for a family as widely scattered around the world as mine is, but nevertheless, it brings its own problems.
What do I make? What style? Pattern? Colour? Yarn? As I’ve not seen these cousins of mine since they were children themselves, it’s all a bit of a minefield. I’ve put all my other projects on hold to enter full baby present create mode and I’m almost done.
Here are my creations ready to go in the post – what do you think?
Crochet Floral Baby Blanket
Made in strips and then sewn together. Could also be made in colours to bring out the petals and the background as leaves, but I’m a sucker for self-striping yarn. And crochet is so quick. I finished it off with a shell edging.
Certainly a bit on the wild and whacky side!
Left-Over Yarn Jumper
I had yarn left-over from the crochet baby blanket. I hate waste and my stash is big enough already. So I started by knitting a small square on the bias to see where it would take me. And here it is – a geometric feel, slash-neck baby jumper. Before you ask, it’s going to a different family from the blanket.
Owl Pram Blanket
I made this a while ago and it’s been waiting for a home. I’m still in love with the pattern (owls – see below) and I still think the colours are androgynous.
Let’s hope my cousin does!
Old-fashioned baby cardigan
Do you remember those large and rather difficult to manouvre perambulators? With beautifully dressed babies safely strapped in (or not) but always wearing a short lacy cardigan to cover up the straps? Well, here’s my version. Short enough not to get caught under baby’s bottom but long enough to keep the waist warm.
And my take on the lace. Fuss-free YO and K3togs!
The “I-shall-finish-this-blanket-even-if-it-kills-me” Baby Blanket
As you may gather from the title, I’m still struggling with this one. The pattern has rebelled. The lace has stopped flowing, the purls have turned into knits. I’m determined to write up this pattern and belatedly send it to the recipient.
And now for a discreet message to my family – PLEASE stop having babies!
Do you have a favourite pattern you always make for babies?