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!