My former supervisor is going to be a father soon and the company shower is on Friday. The registry is pretty slim and nothing really jumped out at me. Andres and Maya have already been thrown at least two other showers and have lots of friends and family with babies, so they already have a lot of items. They also currently live in a small one bedroom condo where space is at a premium. I'd planned on getting them some music (he used to be in a band) and books (there are several on the registry and you know I love books for kids) but ... I waited too long for the music which I think I would have had to order. And then, then I really wanted to make something.
I have really, really been wanting to create something. So, I took the opportunity and I have been excited to delve in. Really excited. So excited I could tell this was a pent up need. Tuesday I got the fabric, and last night I stayed up making the gift. I think I am going to do two more items tonight - a soft ball and a bib. I hope they like it! I'm nervous since it isn't a registry gift and since there is a good chance they have been given a million handmade blankets, or blankets period.
Two years ago, for one of my book club friends, I made a fleece and cotton blanket (ball, and appliqued onesies.) Karen (and Courtney) got at least two other handmade blankets at that shower, though mine was the only one really good for outside walks in the cold, or so I thought (it was a stroller blanket that I envisioned them using on walks, at the park, while bundling between home and car, and as a soft warm spot on cold hardwood floors.) This blanket, for baby Anastasia, was supposed to be a swaddling blanket which would make it different, but it is not big enough (it was supposed to be 44" square but is only 40" square I think.) I think it is also too thick for swaddling as it's two layers of thick flannel. These issues aside however, it is cute, and with the child being a Fall baby, perhaps, no matter if this is the umpteenth blanket, it will be a good gift.
Isn't that rattle cute? I wung it after seeing a picture in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing for Baby. I want the book, but keep thinking I won't get it until I am pregnant again (please!). I put a bell in it that ended up in the nose, and some dried lavender flowers from my garden. I stuffed it with soft yarn that at one time had been intended for a knit blanket for T, but that got used as "web" by an older T when he pretended to be Spiderman. I have a large bunch in an incredible knot I haven't been able to untangle, so cut into it and used it for stuffing. It works pretty well!