Baby Shower

It’s been a while! Sorry guys, I had to wait until after the baby shower to post about my last completed project. Don’t want to give away any surprises prematurely! Of course, I forgot to take any pictures of the completed blanket before I gave it away, but I did take a work-in-progress series of the cross stitch.

My friend informed me that their nursery theme was going to be brown neutral tones and woodland animals, specifically trash pandas. Naturally, I had to go and find a cross stitch kit of baby trash pandas to complete for her. I can’t believe I actually found one! Kit is by Dimensions Needlecrafts, a counted cross stitch kit called Two Raccoon Cubs. I’ve always loved working with kits by Dimensions Needlecrafts, the patterns are great and always come out looking fantastic. People always ask me how I do such great work and I feel like they’re giving me way more credit than I deserve. Dimensions does all the hard work, I just follow the pattern. Anyone can do it, I promise!

The true cross-stitch master is my mother, she makes her own patterns on the computer and they’re truly one-of-a-kind. I’ll do a post on her stuff at a later date, it’ll blow your mind!

For the blanket for this shower gift, I used a pattern called Snuggle Up out of Leisure Arts Absolutely Gorgeous Baby Afghans (book four). This is my go-to pattern book for baby afghans. They work up so fast and the instructions are very easy to follow. I know I typically knit, but this is a crochet pattern book. It only took me about a day to make the blanket, maybe about 9 or 10 hours. Just put on some Netflix and crochet until you’re surprised you’re done already.

I chose Bernat Softee Baby yarn in Little Mouse Marl for this project. Bernat Softee Baby is one of my favorite baby yarns to work with. It’s machine wash and dry, a must for moms-to-be. It’s a very soft acrylic yarn and it’s just a dream to work with. I like variegated yarns that have relatively few colors and are uniform – I don’t like it when there are tons of colors that keep hopping all over the place. Your work comes out looking patchy and weird, I think. This is a nicely uniform two-color yarn that adds some depth to the finished product without looking like a patchwork. I do like solid colors, too, but for the baby blankets, I generally go with one of Bernat’s marl yarns.

The cross stitch took me roughly a month to complete, working on it off and on and not every day. Some cross stitch kits take much longer, but this one was relatively simple. And it came out just lovely.

So, without further ado, enjoy the slideshow!

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Oh and here’s the gift basket all done-up: The baby blanket can be seen peeking over the edge.

Baby Shower Gift

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