February 1st! One thing about this blogging thing is that it makes you really aware of what the date is. I can’t believe we’re already into February. From past experience I know that once January is over, the rest of the year flies by and before I know it I’ll be trying to get my Christmas cards done again. And I have to admit that I just mailed my New Year’s cards this week – so I’m already behind. Or maybe ahead depending on how you look at it.
Anyway, I was feeling a little down in the dumps today and I think it’s because it’s so cold and miserable and gloomy. And then I remembered that this time last year I was leaving to go on a cruise – which means that instead of struggling thru a parking lot that looks like the Russian Tundra, I was wearing a bathing suit and sitting on the deck of a beautiful cruise ship. And drinking over-priced beers with a bunch of good friends. Hmmm, no wonder I’m a little depressed.
But no February vacation for me this year, because I’m waiting for the birth of our new baby (I know, I know it’s not TECHNICALLY ours). So in honor of the big event that should be coming up in just a couple of weeks, I decided to make a baby blanket that I found at a site called Blissful Sewing for Your Little Fashionista. http://blissfulsewing.blogspot.com/2012/06/reversible-hooded-baby-flannel-free.html#.UQxzEI4gI20. There are lots of cute ideas, but this is one that looked pretty easy. Which is good, because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a little out of practice.
The project involved a trip to the fabric store. I had forgotten how much fun it is to wander thru the aisles imagining all the projects I could make if I had the time. I found some fabric that I thought would work well. The pattern suggests using solid color fleece but I couldn’t resist these cute cat and striped fabrics. Then I saw the pink rick-rack and decided to do things a little differently then the pattern showed.
I still had some of the eyelet fabric left from my earlier stool project. I decided to use that to make the hood, which eliminated the need to finish the edges. I also decided to add some little ears at the top. And of course when I got it all finished I decided I needed to go around the edges with some decorative stiching. Which explains why this took me considerably more then the “less than a half hour” that was described in the instructions. Haha – kind of like how a 30 minute Rachel Ray meal takes 4 hours to make!
But anyway, I really like the finished results and I’m hoping the new baby will enjoy it. I guess it won’t be a surprise, since my daughter is one of my most faithful readers! But I did have a good time making it and am already thinking of some other great projects I probably need to make.