I haven't starte yet, and am already thwarted.... I went to Michael's to look at the yarn and select something fabulous. Th eonly yarn that I found that would have been thr ight weight was a gorgeous bamboo/silk blend from pattons- at $7 per ball (and I would need 10 or 11 balls). Not sure I can afford that, although it is sooo soft and would have a beautiful drape, I think.
Everything else was really suited to afghans and baby blankets. Haven't bothered with Walmart because the selection at my store has deteriorated seriously- mostly really chunky stuff that wouldn't be right. Well, this jacket might look nice with the body in a bulkier, textured yarn, but I don't know enough about how to compensate and alter the pattern for variation of yarn.
Sigh- I guess I am going to have to go to one of the fancy yarn stores in town (of which we have 3, I think- in a city of 1 million people, our craft selection is appauling!!).
ah what the heck- I am going to try as well.... probably a nice chocolate brown if I can find it.
Anyone have suggestions for alternate yarns that would be appropriate? I haven't ventured to Michaels yet, but I am looking forward to it. Haven't crocheted in a while, and haven't ever done a garment more complicated than a hat. I am excited about this!
Oh- thanks for the link to the website too. Aside from that pattern, they really have some gorgeous stuff! I felt all inspired and like avoiding work for a couple of months!
The barn with little lights sounds gorgeous! A few suggestions: -centerpieces- cover a square of cardboard (or whatever) with your floral fabric and place in the center of each table (or spaced down, if you have the long banquet tables) with a cluster of 3 or 5 votives, or a single candle in a vase (or maybe a mason jar if you have a candy buffet)
-Make your own invitations
-bouquets- consider mixed flowers in a loose arrangement (a hand-tied bouquet) to look like a country garden rather than a more formal arrangement of roses. Some choices might be daisies, snapdragons, stock, liatris, solidago... Look at mixed bouquets in places like grocery stores and get some ideas. Attendants could carry a small hand-tied of daisies tied with brown ribbon
Let your attendant(s) choose their own dresses- something they might wear again
-Favors- carrying the candy theme, you could have a candy stick with a brown ribbon and a tag with a saying or poem that you like. Or, the votives that are centerpieces become favors (this is what we did). You could wrap the votives with a vellum printed with a saying on it
>blush< Thanks for the comments ladies- and yes, my daughter is just a doll (I never argue when someone has the good sense and taste to recognize that!).
I loved the babyhawks- the patterns were so pretty! But I just can't bring myself to pay that much without knowing if she will like it (or if I will for that matter). It is crazy how much some of these things go for, and when I started researching patterns, I saw no reason why I couldn't apply my skills at straight lines to something beyond a bag. Honestly- a large rectangle with larger straps and voila, you have a mei tai. I had fun modifying and coming up with my own pattern, too- the green one doesn't tie around the back but has a buckle, and the brocade is more of a v-shape to accommodate the smaller bum. want to make more... more..... (how many babies am I thinking I am going to carry, here???)
Ekkagirl- take a look at babycarrier.com if you are interested in a baby carrier. There are people who are carting their 3 and 4-year olds about, and it might be easier than dragging along a stroller when they may and may not go in any more.
Hmm... so my next project will be a satchel for my 3-year old son who has been carting my red crocheted pocket purse about as his "Indiana Jones backpack". Not as pretty as a mei tai, but he will love it just the same.