Baby Blues

I have been invited to a baby shower.  I really dislike baby showers.  I find that I generally don’t know that many people and often can’t be bothered to get to know them.  There are ridiculous games based on toilet paper and bits of string and old photos.  There’s the obligatory present opening making you feel you ought to to get the baby grow from JoJo Maman Bebe rather than George at Asda as everyone will be watching.  There’s all the gushing and cooing over the mum when I’m thinking about the washing I left in the machine.  And, there’s the buffet which everyone must contribute to but which has no booze to numb the whole affair.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and will always go to their baby shower but I don’t enjoy this modern phenomenon.  I’d much prefer a cocktail party  or champagne lunch out.

So I’ve been invited to the baby shower for my partner’s step-sister’s second baby.  I don’t know her terribly well but she’s generally very nice.  But what to give?  We don’t know the sex of the baby.  She lives in a small house. I like to crochet.  So I’ve made a simple granny blanket in cream with pink/peach/purple flecks in it.  It is identical to one I made for my son, just a different yarn.  And that’s the problem. I bought the yarn from Wilkinsons.  I love that place.  But it was cheap.  I am happy with the finish and it drapes beautifully.  It’ll wash well but I’m feeling a little cheap.

Then for my niece who is expecting her 2nd (yes I’m already a great aunt)  I’ve made a set of crocheted balls.  Again, my own son plays with some I made him but I wonder if other people will feel the same way.  Do people prefer shop bought with the correct name brand of are they happy with homemade.  I guess I’m just going to find out.

Not my grandmother’s blanket

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This is a small cotton blanket I’ve just finished.  I made it from a ball of my grandmother’s cotton.  Although it isn’t huge and could only be used as a car seat blanket,  I’m quite pleased with it. 
I’ve never attempted anything like this before.  I had to redo certain parts of it several times,  much to the amusement of my partner.  I think he must like a woman who swears.   Even so,  I am looking for something a little more or are to try next time.

A much needed blanket

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The past few months, I have felt like an over emotional deep fat fryer on the verge of being over filled. My older sister passed away in January and this has made every other part of my life quite a chore. It has definitely been difficult, and with it being exam time at work, the pressure is really on. Among this, I have made myself find time to crochet. My younger sister is due to have her second baby in the next two weeks, and what is more beautiful or happier than that? So I decided that I needed to make a baby blanket. I used some of the yarn from my older sister, and started crocheting. I chose the pink, cream, brown combination and a simple stripe in a ‘granny square’ stitch (I’m not sure if that’s the right name for the stitch)

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When I started the blanket, I was at my mum’s house, and when I showed her the first few rows, her face was not impressed and she told me that it was rather plain and boring. However, once finished, and she saw how soft and snuggly it was as well as being rather girly but not over the top, she loved it.  As too did my sister when I gave it to her a few days ago.  Now all we need is the baby to give us all something wonderful to enjoy.

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