The most recent time I've turned to my hooks and yarn for stress relief was September 2012, on August 31st my daughter Aurora was born 5weeks early by emergancy c-section. She had a 4 1/2 weeks stint in NICU / SCBU. To help me cope with the stress of hospital life i crocheted between 'cares' and on the car rides to and from the hospitals. We lived an hour away. Each way. With a toddler at home too. So her brother spent his days at various friends and families houses and I'd spend mine with my partner in the hospital.
During the 4 1/2 weeks there i made several wee bassinet sized woolen blankets and started one large cot sized one for our wee girl. I also made her a wee jumper that she wore pretty much her entire first month home.
The large cot sized blanket i wanted to have ready for when she goes into her big cot when shes bigger. I also wanted it to last as she got bigger, so that she would have this lovely blanket for years to come. I decided on a ripple pattern, I'd just made a wee ripple blanket for her SCBU neighbour and was loving the pattern. Most of the ripples I'd seen online were horrizontal and honestly teeny bit overpowering with so many different colours and stripes, so its vertical ripples for me. I wanted it to be girly without being over the top so that if she turned into a wee tomboy like i was as a child she wouldn't stop enjoying her blanket. You know, not too much pink. A friend of mine had given me a big bag of Moda Vera 100% wool when we were first transfered to Hutt SCBU and a few days later I'd added a few more balls of other colours to the bag. So began one of the biggest projects i'd ever made.
|in the beginning|
|ready for the border|
So two months after Aurora came home i finished the blanket and its huuge! Easily 1m wide and over that long! I love it. Though Auroras not in her cot yet, shes gotten to use it a couple of times during ventures out in the stroller. Even to the doctors for her 3month shots. We got lots of lovely comments about it and her. Its always a pleasure to say that its something i made. :)
And finaly I'll leave you with a wee pic of her little jumper i made in a scrumptious green from Moda Vera.
|Live long and prosper! :P|