I wanted to share a pattern to celebrate one year of blogging!
There’s probably some newfangled, made-up term like “blogiversary” which I’m supposed to use, but I’m already too old for stuff like that.
Recently, I have been trying to fight off a stubborn cold and I have been taking every opportunity to rest. Rather than taking on writing up a new pattern, I dusted off this already started patchwork blanket tutorial, added all the photos, and finished it just in time.
I feel like this has become my signature baby blanket.
I love making gifts for friends who are expecting babies. I have made four so far this year. Because they have all been given to the recipients, I can finally share photos!
I had to take a little break from tiny hats this morning to make a winter hat for Miss C. It turned into two winter hats.
I will share my donation a day progress again early next week, but… oh my goodness, this set!
How to make a simple skirt, with pretty ribbon trim, from a fat quarter and attach it to a bodysuit (onesie). Or you could leave it a plain skirt or attach it to a t-shirt or even leggings.
I just got back from 9 days visiting with my parents. It was so nice to have some extra help with the kids. There is another vacation coming up later this summer. Yay!
While visiting, I finished a neutral blanket. The yarn is Red Heart Boutique Treasure in “Horizon” with the edge in Lion Brand Landscapes in “Ochre.” While working on the blanket I wasn’t sure whether I liked the color. Now that it’s edged I really like the patchwork appearance.
I also finally got my sewing machine out. Seven months ago I moved it out of what was going to be Miss C’s room, and I hadn’t used it since. I made a few tagosauruses with rattles inside (the one consistently nice sewing pattern I have designed) and put together a couple of baby gifts.
We lost touch with a lot of friends when we married young and started our family almost right away. We’re coming up on 10 years married and a lot of our friends have only recently started their families or only recently gotten married. I really enjoy putting together gifts as a way to get back in touch.
I like to include a treat for Mom and Dad (usually chocolate, but can’t do that in this weather!) and some grow-with-me treats for baby: a blanket, a tagosaurus (embroidered if I know baby’s name,) and a book. And, of course, a little something for any older siblings!
Here is blue, with the “Tidal” blanket, for a brand new baby boy.
And here is gold, with the “Horizon” blanket for a soon-to-be-born surprise baby. The little doggie is for the big sister-to-be. I think this yellow dino turned out super cute!
Now I just have to get to the post office with all 5 kids in tow. In really unpleasant heat. Summer.