This afternoon I was lucky enough to meet two new babies, including getting to hold them. I was also able to take them, via their lovely mothers, gifts to celebrate their lives. I thought I’d share them with you now!
First up is Mya’s bundle. Mya just came home from Vietnam last week with her mom Amy. We’ve been waiting over a year now for this wonderful event. Mya is happy and healthy and such a sweetie. She and Amy are a perfect match. Amy’s family are big proponents of wind energy. To honor that I did a freezer paper stencil like those I did for my babes for a onesie for Mya as well as embroidering a wind turbine on a patchwork blanket for her. I also did some other embroidery on the blanket inspired by Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray. The embroidered bits are my favorite parts of it, and the back, which is a vintage sheet with daisies, Miss Amy’s favorite flowers.
Sarah was the other baby I had the privilege of meeting today. Sarah is only a few weeks old, but was very calm and good natured and her mom, Kristen, also calm and laid back about being a new mom. Sarah’s bundle included a pair of baby booties knit from Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristen Nicholas, 3 bibs from Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Carole, and a bag inspired by a project in The Crafter’s Companion.
One last project–Don’t look Tara and Declan!!
My friend Tara’s little boy shares a birthday with L3. I worked my hands to the point of cracking to get the gift done in time to mail out for Dec’s first birthday… and then didn’t mail it. I’m a loser. But it will be mailed before the month is out!! Anyway, I have a tradition of making sweaters for baby’s first birthdays and despite the fact that Dec lives in South Carolina now, he’s getting one. I figure he’ll be able to wear it sometime in the fall and winter. Here is it:
Pattern: Garter Cardigan from the above mentioned book, Knitting for Babies. As an aside, this was the first knitting book I ever purchased, way back when, and I still think it is a good book. I looked at it forever in the store before I’d let myself spend over $20 for a knitting book! Makes me chuckle now.
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy in Fedora. This yarn is very soft, nice for knitting. I made L3’s birthday sweater out of it, too, in the exact same color. I figured the boys could share the yarn for their sweaters, though not the pattern. I’m using this yarn for one other project, in a different color. I’ll share all of the projects on the needles currently (yes, plural) later.
I made the sweater big, as I always do, in hopes that Dec will be able to wear it more than one time. I hope that works out–not I just have to mail it to him!