Quote for the Day:
"A Hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
~Forest Witcraft, Excerpt from an essay originally published
in the October 1950 issue of Scouting magazine
I have a friend that is going to become a first-time grandmother in September, so I made a receiving blanket and 3 of my flannel burp cloths for the new baby. I did the edge crocheting on the blanket as my "take along project" for the recent car trip to Georgia. I have to say, time goes by much faster when I have a project to work on. (It also makes the trip more pleasant for Andy because I'm not paying attention to the road and his driving!!! LOL)
I think they are holding a baby shower for the young mom next weekend, so I dropped it off to my friend's house today.
I was a little apprehensive about giving a homemade gift to someone that I don't know very well (my friend has 2 daughters, but I've never met this one that is pregnant), but I've been assured by my friend that Tabitha does like homemade gifts. (Some people don't, ya' know.)
To make these receiving blankets, I take 2 squares of PRE-WASHED flannel, about 40" X 40". Placing them WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, I serge around the outside. Then I take crochet cotton and a small crochet hook and crochet an edging directly to the blanket over the serged edge.
I would say that from the cutting of the fabric to the finishing of the crocheting, it takes about 12-15 hours/blanket, but only because the crochet thread is so small and somewhat difficult to work with, ie, keeps slipping out of the crochet hook.
The burp clothes are made with 2 pieces of flannel serged the same way...WRONG SIDES together. I don't crochet an edging on them...only on the blankets. I can't see spending all that time crocheting a pretty edging on something that is made specifically to be spit up on! LOL I have, however, been known to use my embroidery machine to embroider on the burp cloths such things as "Spit Happens"! :)