Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A Baby-Blankie Thing and A New Look
My grandmother believes that all babies need something to hold. She has been known to give babies hankies and washcloths to play with. Sawyer is 3 1/2 months old, but cannot hold rattles safely yet, as they are too heavy and he bonks himself in his head.
I decided to make something that was lightweight, small, and visually stimulating. Thus, this small patchwork baby blankie was born. It was sewn from scraps of black and white polka dots and red fabric. Squares on one side; stripes on the other. It has cotton quilt batting in between the layers, which makes it a little bulkier than I intended, but still nice to hold onto. (And absorbent to catch drool and spit-up.) It's pretty small. The finished size is approximately 12" x 12".
He loves it. (Why didn't I think of this 10 years ago when Taylor was a baby?)
I now have plans to make one in different textures. I have some terry cloth, minky, chenille, a stretchy suede-like fabric, and flannel all in baby blue and white. Joe thinks they should all be squares (no stripes) so Sawyer can grab a corner at a time. I like that idea. I'm still trying to decide if I should put batting in between the layers.
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Did you notice the new look of The Sky is Pink? I'm still trying to get used to it. And I'm not sure if I like it. It is a work in progress and it still needs help. (Notice the large margin above my new banner? I need to figure out how to shrink that. Maybe I should enlarge the height of my banner? I really, really don't know about these things! And if you don't believe me, ask Karyn, the recipient of a late-night email of me freaking out!)
I've been wanting to do this for so long and have been working on it, trying to come up with a banner. When I accidentally screwed something up on my template last night, I knew I had to bite the bullet and do it. Be warned that you may be seeing some more changes again soon.
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One more thing. Yesterday the boys' school had a fire in one of the girls' bathrooms. They said it was electrical. It was right at dismissal and very hectic. The boys hoped that school would be closed today, but the didn't cancel.