One of the young ladies at my trusted UPS store just had a baby girl. For a change, I decided to crochet some gifts for her baby. Crocheting or knitting gifts for babies is one of my favorite things to do. In fact, it was one of my favorite gifts to receive for my own babies. I have kept all the beautiful items they got, as well as the baby afghans I made for each of them. I guess I need to write another post to show them to you!
The gray is not showing correctly on the photo above, but at least you can see what I made for baby Quinn: one pair of booties, a hat for when she is about 6 months old, and a baby blanket. I am loving them! My collection of crochet books covers all sorts of projects, but I chose to use the patterns in this book I had just gotten for review:
9 Months to Crochet by Maaike van Koert, published in the US by Martingale is great for when you need ideas for gifts for babies. However, the book itself would be a very original and useful gift for expectant mothers! Maaike's projects are reminiscent of the ones I've seen over the years, except for the modern twist she gave to each one. Her choice of stitches and colors is perfect for today's nurseries and beginner crafters. However, even seasoned crocheters will enjoy them precisely because of her fresh ideas.
Maaike divided the book into three chapters corresponding to the three trimesters of pregnancy: beginner-level items for the first trimester, a bit more challenging ones on the second trimester when expectant mothers are feeling better, and quicker projects for the third trimester as they rush to get everything ready for the big day. Genius idea!!!
|Photo by Simon Pask for Quantum Books. Used with permission.|
|Where is Brent Kane, Martingale's photographer, when I need him? He is a master at staging!|
If I weren't so late with these gifts already, I would have also made this mobile:
Isn't it the cutest thing ever? And then there is a banner, a ball, hanger covers... which is another reason why I like this book as the projects are for the entire nursery - not only for the baby.
Speaking of books, I read on Martingale's blog that they are having their semi-annual warehouse sale with 90+ titles at $5.00 each (What?), from March 13-23 until supplies last. Headed over there now. See ya!