Now that my work and study commitments have eased, my craft plans for 2019 were to try to finish some of my UFOs and tentatively dip my toes back into the world of dressmaking; however, the year barely began before these priorities changed. The focus for 2019 is now going to be baby things because my stepdaughter is expecting her first baby in July. Yes, I am going to be an evil stepgranny!
The knitting needles have already been given a workout, and I have more projects planned.
Debbie Bliss is limiting her yarn sales to online, and her yarns will soon no longer be available in the shop where I work on Sundays, Calico & Ivy, so I bought two balls of 5 ply (sport weight) baby cashmerino to make up the striped ‘Lovebug Bootie’ pattern I had admired for a while.
I then used the leftover yarn to make not one but two striped hats, which was a great way to practise knitting neat stripes in the round. (Suzanne Bryan’s two-part tutorial on YouTube is really helpful if you want to give this technique a go.)
I thought the soon-to-be parents would choose one of the hats, but they liked and kept both. Apparently, a spare is good because babies are masters at getting vomit and other goo everywhere, including on the tops of their heads. (Never having been a mother, I am going to find grandparenthood a learning experience.)
I had planned to choose a cream or grey and a bright colour for the booties and hats, but because the yarn is being discontinued in the shop, some colours had already sold out. For a while, I struggled in indecision between these colours and some eucalyptus greens. We will not know the gender of the baby until its birth, so I have stuck with cool shades, especially blue, a colour that everyone likes and wears, including my stepson-in-law.
With four or five months still to go, baby’s knitted and crocheted haul includes a blanket, two hats and two pairs of socks/booties. The dark blue socks are made in the same yarn as the socks worn by the baby’s grandfather. I deliberately kept those aside for the one-day mini-me version of my husband.
My stepdaughter does not knit, but she has become a bit of a whiz on the sewing machine, making all sorts of cute things for friends and family – as her crafty Instagram feed shows – so the baby will be well kitted out with hand-made goodies.
I have some bibs to finish binding, and I will make a quilt at some stage, but I am waiting on confirmation of nursery colour schemes and themes, which will probably include whales and the colours blue and grey. If you have any tips on what new parents need, please share them with this novice grandparent!