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« on: August 15, 2014 02:50:17 PM »

Hi Everyone,
I haven't been on here for a while, but I've been busy! I hope you enjoy my latest creations.
My best friend has been busy growing a baby and I was busy creating a full layette for bubs.
And my other bestie's grandaughter had a baby, so was busy making things for her great grandson!

This is everything that we put in the package - minus the creepy baby doll we use to play with sizing.
Mum did the knitted stuff and I did the crochet stuff

The creepy baby doll lying on the mat

This is a replica of a layette I made earlier in the year for another friend. I like the 'brick' pattern. This works up really fast and easy.

And in blue 'coz he is a boy and there is nothing like starting 'em early with stereotypical gender norms! Lol

This is what Mum added

And this.
Mum does the best knitting. I love her stuff

And this is the first drop in the pond blanket I did. Didn't have a pattern so made it up by looking at LOTS AND LOTS of photos online.

These all went to Baby Boy who was born in March.
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014 02:56:05 PM »

Okay, so the next thing was for my other friend announced she was pregnant, and everyone knows that a baby is just an excuse to make stuff. So I started on a shawl...

I thought I would make it circular, but...

By the time I got to this point, I had already used up one ball of wool. I realised it would use up too much wool, so reconsidered what I was doing...

... and started on this one, instead. This is one ball of wool in this pattern. Same 3.5mm needle. Much more economical... maybe...

Two balls...
Three balls... and I ran out with about 50 of the 'peaks' to go! Oh no! And stupid Spotlight wasn't getting any more wool for at least six weeks, and my friend was getting bigger and bigger... so I had to use similar but different stuff to finish - not that you can really tell unless you are looking and doing a CSI style investigation.

Finished shawl

I gave this for the baby shower

My friend started to worry that her baby would be very small because it was going to be born a bit early, so I made a little hat... only it was too small! Lol

And she needed a blanket, too. So I made another drop in the pond blanket, but in light yellow, light green and white.

So, you totally need a matching layette...

And another one. I like this pattern and made the stripes by going through the back loop and then, once finished, going across the 'stripe' by doing a row of SC into the front loops

This was my prototype which I also gave her

And any little angel needs an 'angel top'... which currently covers her from neck to toes! So cute!

Mum also made some stuff, so we gave together also for this little one.

And wrapped it up in a big smiley box

My friend was really happy and her baby looks ADORABLE.
Now to take a break and do some housework before starting on the next things. Have a few other projects to finish, so looking forwards to that Smiley
I hope you enjoyed the story
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014 04:27:51 PM »

ha ha loved your story!  But it seemed that the more you made, the more you still wanted to make....such a generous amount of chrocheted goodies for the baby and mama!

I love your finished shawl...it is gorgeous and so feminine...

« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014 04:54:52 PM »

Beautiful baby items! What pattern did you use for the shawl?
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2014 01:30:41 AM »

You certainly have been busy! Love the shawl  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2014 01:45:39 AM »

Beautiful little baby items.  These are wonderful gifts for a mother-to-be. 
I particularly like your drop in the pond blanket and I love the shawl where you kept running out of yarn. It looks like a peacock's tail. Something to treasure and pass down the generations.
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2014 10:15:18 AM »

Thanks for the lovely comments, everyone. I love making things and it is really special to be able to give things to friends.
I forgot to say, the 'round' fail-shawl, by that point it was also about 1/3 of the way through it and it was dinnerplate size, so quite small if I had continued.
This is the shawl pattern I used, but I added an extra 'row' of the pineapples. I like how there are little heart shapes created by the smaller pineapples within it. Link goes to my pinterest page which has some other pineapples on it. I'm a little obsessed with pineapples at the moment! Lol.
My friend will hopefully use it for modesty when breast-feeding in case there are people who are offended that breasts are actually functional rather than aesthetic Smiley Cheesy Smiley Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2014 03:30:52 PM »

Why would you ever want to do housework when you can crochet?   Grin
Those are all lovely pieces.

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