Baby Number One of 2011 has been born and I was forced to kick myself hard and make something quickly to celebrate her birth.
It is not little E's fault that I am having a mid-life crisis.
My recent flirtation with crochet (roses for my tea cosy and pillowcase edging) made me think I might crochet a little blanket. But there is no such thing as a "little" blanket, even if it is baby-sized!
So I had a rummage around Ravelry and came up with this pattern: Flower Motif Baby Shoes by Lisa van Klaveren.
The parents are pretty traditional and rather well-off so I wanted to make something "hand-made" as opposed to "home-made". Something that looks like it came from a baby boutique.
A plain cardigan would have taken longer to make and would probably have ended up at the back of the cupboard, unworn. If nothing else, I can imagine these being used to decorate the Farrow-and-Ball-painted nursery!
My crochet skills are pretty basic, but I got to grips with this pattern in an evening. The sole was easily done, and it only took two attempts to understand the floral motif and its "double clusters". My trusty "Blueprint Crochet" book was by my side throughout, and was a great help, even though the pattern instructions are written long-hand (in American crochet terminology).
One ball Sirdar Baby Bamboo
4mm crochet hook
Pattern: Flower Motif Baby Shoes by Lisa van Klaveren.
Too cute! I think these make a good gift for a baby girl.
And it was a great pattern for improving my crochet skills. I can feel myself itching to make a crochet blanket now. But for FL and me, not someone else's baby!