I've actually got 3 expectant mum's I'm making things for but, as Jo is due first, I figured I'd do things in order :)
I always enjoy making things for other people, and it gives me so much pleasure when they like what I've made for them :)
For Jo, who loves Dolphins and Unicorns, and the sea, I had a great choice of colours to use - lots of blues and greens - and, as she's having a little boy, they couldn't have been better.
I made a Jo a baby blanket, using Red Heart yarn, in Amethyst, Light Periwinkle, Real Teal, Windsor Blue, and some Oceana, along with some Robin DK Turquoise, as I didn't have that colour in the Red Heart yarn.
I actually made the blanket as the summer's challenge for The Crochet Crowd, as we were making a blanket using the Red Heart free crochet pattern, the Juicy Fruits & Whipped Crème Throw:
With a few modifications of the pattern, I crocheted the blanket, hoping that it would look a little like a tropical sea, and I think it turned out OK. I also added some Dolphin appliqués, to go with that theme and, although they didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped, I think I didn't do too badly for someone who's never done any of this before:
As Dolphins were the theme of the day, I also made a dolphin toy for Jo's baby, crocheted in the same colours as the blanket, and made as child-friendly as is possible:
And to keep on with the theme, I also made what Americans call a Lovey - or we Brits call a comfort blanket - done in the same colours, with a dolphin as the main toy, and with a tiny baby octopus as his companion. This was my first attempt at making something like this, and I'm very happy with how it all turned out :)
|Dolphin & Octopus Comfort blanket|
Now, as Jo is so mad-keen on Dolphins and Unicorns - and everything so far was aimed at her baby, I decided to make her a Unicorn of her own, using a couple of the colours from the baby blanket and appliqués, to keep the theme going. I found the sweetest pattern for this, a free one, created by Rachel H, of Little Yarn Friends:
|Hubby calls him Donkicorn, and has got quite attached - |
I can just see the tussle as Jo tries to take him home! Lol
So, as you can see, I have actually been quite busy with my crochet hook and yarns and, rather than that being the end of it all, I've already made a start on the cot blanket I'll be making for my future step-granddaughter, due in December :)
The theme for this, is Butterflies & Hearts, and using a pink & cream colour palette. The blanket is to be made using 4" squares, so I'm going to need 112 of them, using 4 different patterns. Here's the first of them:
As I'd never made a heart, or a butterfly, before, as you can imagine, there was an awful lot of frogging going on, before I got something I was happy with.
I also chose to make a flower-type square, and I used the Not So Square Granny Tutorial by Clare, of bobwilson123 fame for this, as I think it goes well with the whole scheme. Here's the link to her tutorial:
The blank square will stay that way mostly, except those that I'll be using to add my granddaughter's name on to, of course :)
As I've got another 27 butterflies, hearts and flowers to do, I'm going to try and use different shades of pink, so that there's a little more variety to the colour scheme. But I'll see how that goes as I keep on with them :)
So, as you can imagine, I'm going to be keeping busy for some time ahead - and loving every minute of it! :)