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Baby Lena’s Blanket, Booties, and Shower Time! :)

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In my previous post, you got to see the majority of the gifts I had completed for my friend Sarah’s baby shower to help welcome her little girl into the world. There was so much more I had wanted to do, but sadly, I did not get to do everything on my list. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure baby Lena isn’t going anywhere for awhile, so I’ll still be able to crochet her a bunch more goodies as time allows. I was able to finally finish the summer weight blanket that I showed you at the end of Progress on Crochet Gifts for Baby Lena. Here it is!:

 

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I’m still a really big fan of the bright colors over traditional pastels, and the weight of this yarn was so easy to work with. I added a few more rounds since the previous picture and then finished the edging with a shell stitch.

If you read the last post then you’ll also know that I was having the world’s worst luck finding a pattern that worked for some booties. I had the pink rose headband made, and nothing to go with it. Well, I have to say it Mikeyssmail from The Crochet Crowd has saved my butt once again. It was the day of the shower (less than six hours before, actually), when I stumbled across his youtube tutorial for an easy pair of booties that were said to take only twenty minutes. I’m really not sure why I didn’t think of Mikey before, because I’ve used his videos countless times on several different projects. It was also fantastic that he included the written pattern (HERE), even though I prefer to watch and crochet along with the video.

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Once the base of the booties was finished, I added flowers made simply like this:
Create your magic circle using four chain stitches and then slip stitching to the beginning.
Chain 3. Slip stitch inside of the magic circle.
Repeat x4 so that you have 5 petals.
Slip stitch to tie off, and leave a tail long enough that you can weave it into the booties to tie them on.

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This happens to be my other BFF Sarah, who had her wedding shower last week (You’ll get more on that later, as I have a couple of posts to catch up on that include my gifts for her). This game was to blow up a balloon, put it under your shirt, and see who could get closest to the Mommy-to-be’s baby bump size. I was really close, I swear!

 

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On top of the crochet gifts, I had to get little Miss Lena her first books as well (because what kind of English major would I be if my gifts didn’t include at least one book?) . These were just too cute to pass up. There’s a version of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go that’s meant to be read in utero and was adapted by Tish Rabe. It’s positively adorable and includes so many of the classic Seuss characters. You can check out all the details for the book here.
I also found these fantastic Baby Lit board books by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver. They are positively adorable adaptations of classic works for small learners. I picked out the Alice in Wonderland that teaches colors and the Pride and Prejudice that teaches numbers. I’ll definitely be purchasing these for my own kids whenever I decide to have them, and I really hope baby Lena enjoys them once she’s old enough to start reading (which, knowing her mommy, I’m sure will be early on!).

 

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Sarah is due to have her baby August 30. We can all barely wait for Lena’s arrival, and I’m certain I’ll have a few more gifts up my sleeve as she starts her young life. 🙂

 

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Progress on Crochet Gifts for Baby Lena!

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Oh lordy, my hands are THROBBING! I’m pretty sure my crochet hooks are out to get me, or maybe my friends are. Unfortunately for me, my two best friends (both named Sarah) are experiencing major life changes in the coming months – one Sarah is tying the knot and the other Sarah is having a baby girl. Both their showers are a week apart in June, so I am desperately crocheting my fingers off. I’ve finished a lot of little projects for the baby, but I’m falling majorly behind on wedding gifts. To take a break from feeling like my hands are about to fall off though, I decided to share a few of the baby projects I’m working on. There are a lot more that need to be done, but -whew- I’ve at least made it this far.

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The slippers originally started out as my first ever attempt at booties. If you couldn’t tell, it failed miserably, but I salvaged it into a somewhat acceptable pair of buttoned slippers. I’m not sure what it was, whether I just wasn’t reading the pattern correctly or the yarn wasn’t cooperating, but I could at least repeat the mistake twice to make a matching pair.

 

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This is the first headband I’ve made to match the slippers. I’d still like to make another one with possibly turquoise and white flowers.

The headband is all double crochets 8 wide using I believe the 5.5mm hook.
The white flower:

chain 4, slip stitch to first chain to create your magic circle

chain 3 and slip stitch inside ring – repeat x4

slip stitch into first petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round

slip stitch into next petal round, chain 3, 3 dc, chain 3, slip stitch into same petal round, repeat until you have five petals. slip stitch to close.

with regular needle and thread, sew button onto center of flower

with yarn needle connected to the tail of the white yarn, sew the flower onto the headband.

 

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Here’s the baby sized version of my rose headband that you can find out how to do from my other post, Easy Crochet Headband w/ Flower. Still no booties to go with this one, as I have yet to figure out my mistake on the last pair. Hopefully, I’ll get the hang of booties soon.

 

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Here’s the completed winter weight baby blanket made with chunky yarn. It’s so soft and warm, but took so much yarn to make! By the last few rounds, it was taking a whole skein just to get through one round. Therefore, I made it a little smaller than I would have liked.

 

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Lastly, here’s a work still in progress. I started this summer weight blanket before we found out Sarah was having a girl, and I tried to make it gender neutral but still bright, fun colors. I really like the purple, turquoise, and white together, but it worries me she might not find it gender neutral enough. Oh well, it’s almost complete! I found a pattern for a crochet unicorn baby toy I’d like to do in these colors as well, but I doubt I’ll have time to squeeze that one in.

I guess it’s probably about time for some aspirin, compression gloves, and back to work for me. These gifts aren’t going to make themselves (but oh how I wish!)