Sprout has Sprung

Sometimes I still can’t believe it: she’s here, at home, tucked into soft blankets wearing clothes I washed for her.

And I still can’t believe that I birthed her. Amazing. The most humbling, awesome experience. There are no sufficient words for the emotional highs and lows I experienced during those 12 laborious hours and the first few hours that followed. All I can say is that God brought me through it all, and He has blessed us beyond measure with a healthy, beautiful baby girl.

Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
his love endures forever.
(Psalm 106:1)

She Crochets: Sprout’s Rainbow Ripple

I hadn’t intended on making a baby blanket for Sprout because I had knit so many clothes for her already. But when a friend’s mom gave me this yarn in rainbow pastels, I changed my mind.

Progression
Started: February 18
Completed: February 28
Days to Completion: 10

These dates are estimates. I started this on a whim one afternoon soon after the baby shower and didn’t take notes about it right after I finished like normal.

Pattern Info
Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young
Ravelry

I had this pattern in my “Favorites” on Ravelry for a long time. It is easy to remember, which makes it faster to work.

I could have worked another repeat of pink and yellow, but would have run out of green and blue if I tried to repeat those again. It finished about 36″ across, which is small for a baby blanket. The smaller size, I think, will make it a nice blanket to keep in the car.

Yarn Info
Bernat Baby Coordinates (discontinued)
75% acrylic, 22% acetate, 2% nylon
Baby Pink, 0.06 skeins
Soft Blue, 0.45 skeins
Lemon Custard, 0.2 skeins
Iced Mint, 0.26 skeins
White, 0.35 skeins

This yarn has been discontinued, and that doesn’t really disappoint me. I don’t know that I’d ever buy it after having worked with it once. It is loosely plied with a very loose twist and a single ply of a shiny material (maybe the acetate portion), which yields its characteristic look. However, it is difficult to crochet with, as the plies tend to get caught on the hook. The finished fabric looks nice, though.

I can’t give the yardage amounts here because the labels do not specify yardage, only weight.

Photos

She Stitches: Forest Friends Embroidery

Forest friends is the “theme” for Sprout’s nursery. I use that word loosely because apart from a wall-hanging made by a friend, the quilt made by said friend’s mother, and this embroidery piece, nothing else would give it away. We aren’t exactly the type that decorate heavily. However, after all the knitting I did for this little gal, I was itching to stitch, so I picked out a photo I had pinned on Pinterest early in the pregnancy to be an embroidery piece. I very loosely based my design on that drawing or print (not sure what it was, exactly), and I enlisted the help of a talented cartoonist (i.e. Nate) to draw some of the animals for me.

Progression
Started — January 15 (estimated)
Completed — February 18 (estimated)

Pattern Info
Forest Friends
improvised by me

This didn’t take long to stitch, although it’s the most detailed and tiniest embroidery work I’ve ever done. I had hoped to use this project to learn a wide variety of embroidery stitches, but ended up using the handful I already knew. I just couldn’t find any new stitches that would look right. The filling is done with stem stitch, chain stitch (bird, dark bark of tree), and satin stitch (rabbit and portions of other animals). The leaves are lazy daisy stitches. The flowers are just randomly stitched, except for the red one, which is done with a stemmed French knot stitch.

I suppose my next embroidery project will be an opportunity to learn new stitches… at least, that is the hope. ;)

Thread Info
100% cotton

I used an assortment of thread brands. Most of the colors came from an assortment pack I bought on sale a year or two ago, but I also used a few colors I had leftover from the Collecting Shells and Four Seasons Birds cross-stitch projects.

Photos
As always, excuse the blurriness of these. I should have taken pictures before framing it, but… well, let’s face it–that wouldn’t guarantee better pictures anyway! I tried to take closer views of my favorite animals, although I do love them all.