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Babies Everywhere

I like to make gifts for people, but I never know quite what to make. If I make a bib, it’s cute, but is it functional? If I make “no-scratch” mitts, they’re functional, but will they be used? What age should I target with gifts? Newborn or six months or nine months or a year? I try not to worry over it too much, but I want to give gifts that are meaningful and purposeful!

Three couples at our church are expecting or have newborns, and I have some cousins who are expecting a baby very soon. Three boys and one girl total. So far I’ve made six little baby wash cloths, three bibs and a pair of mitts. I want to also do some stuffed toys with jingly bells inside, and I’m going to do a car-seat-size blanket for at least my cousin’s baby.

That’s all if my hands can take it. Today my right thumb went completely numb! Both hands are cramping a little, but that’s probably not just from crocheting. I’m trying to learn guitar! So far I can play the first four or so measures of Midnight Rider by the Allman Brothers. I’m incredibly impressed with myself. The ends of the fingers on my left hand HURT. I’m told it’s “worth it.” I sure hope so! I’ll try to stick it out all summer and see if I can get somewhere.

Here are some pictures from recent work. The wash cloths and bibs aren’t from a pattern. I just made them up. If anyone wants a pattern, I can figure it out and type it up. Each bib has a different pattern, although they’re all about the same size. The girl wash cloths are more square than the boy wash cloths. The bibs will have buttons, but I haven’t made/added them yet!

The mitts are not from my own pattern. That pattern is HERE. The mitts pattern is great and easy to understand. I’m also working on THESE socks.

 

CLOTHS

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MITTSmitt mitts

 

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Complete Commission

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Baby blanket complete! She wanted the blanket to be 30×30, but the pattern was larger. I modified the pattern to be 30×30. Then when I got to the lace edging… I had no idea what to do because I didn’t want to think about how to change the instructions for the edging on the original blanket since I’d shortened it. So I just made up my own lace, and it worked out fine!

I love being able to make stuff like that, especially things that can actually be used by people I care about.

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Sports Crochet & One More Flower

This is messy and needs work… I didn’t use a pattern, just winged it. I think I could do a tennis ball the same way and maybe a football (not the same way). I’m thinking of giving this stuffed baseball to my nephew for his birthday. We’ll see!

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I also made one more flower magnet… here it is!

And now I might be done crocheting for awhile… at least the rest of the weekend! As much as I love it…. my hands are killing me!

 

 

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Baby Things: Bib and Socks

I made two more baby items today: a bib, which was mostly just on my own, as below:

Bib front:

With I-hook, chain 32. SC in second from hook, SC across, chain one, turn… continue rows of SC for three or four inches. Then do one row of HDC follow by one row of DC and another row of HDC. End and tie off.

Neck strap:

Chain as many as you need… I think I did about 50. As long as this is long enough, it can’t really be too long, as you can hook the button through any place on the strap.

In second chain from hook, begin row of HDC.

Ch 1, turn and follow with a row of SC. End and tie off.

Button:

Ch 2, SC 6 in first ch.

2 SC in each of 6 (12)

Join with sl st and end.

Then I folded the circle in half and used a tapestry needle to stitch it together, making it smaller and molding it into the shape of a ball of the size I needed. That’s not very explicit, I know, but I just kind of winged it… You could just use a ready-made button!

I also made these baby socks:

http://www.crochetspot.com/crochet-pattern-super-simple-baby-socks/

My next project is going to be to make a few little music notes to put on magnets and give as little “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” gifts.

My sister keeps telling me I should make an Etsy store to sell things… I keep thinking  that my crocheting method is mostly fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants… I’m not sure it’s marketable! But it’s fun, and that’s what matters. 🙂

Pics? I already packed the stuff up in an envelope! I’ll either get it back out or do another bib later and post that pic. The bib is just a plain, square bib, made for a boy, so it was pretty basic. I didn’t figure baby boys like frills much. 😉

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