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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Yo yo baby blanket

I have a lot of babies coming in the next six months or so -- three of my bridemaids are pregnant! Of course, I feel like this is a knitter or crocheter's time to shine.

When my college roommate and dear friend Jen told me she was pregnant, we were just so thrilled to meet the child. Really, we want to meet this child! We obviously adore Jen, but we also really adore Jen's husband -- in fact, he and Jon are independently buddies, which is really cute. They make us wish Baltimore was closer.

As I flipped through patterns, I thought about Jen, who is such a bubbly, fun person. Even in our tiny dorm room, she kept lollipops and bought outfits for our teddy bears and encouraged us to buy matching comforters and curtains to class the place up. We sang the Maryland fight song for no reason and watched lousy TV when we were stressed. ("Party of Five," anyone?) Also, she introduced me to Starbucks back in like 1995, which I always think is funny.

So I wanted something playful and colorful and maybe retro for their little one, whose gender is TBA. Jen told me their nursery colors, and I thought of the yo yo crochet blanket tutorial that I spotted on Sunshine Creation's blog.

I struggled to find the colors I needed in the same yarn, so I settled on Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby. I also have to admit that I struggled with the tutorial, but after a few tries, I managed to commit it to memory.

Now, I'm just waiting until the baby is born so I can start on some clothing.....