It's all a guessing game, isn't it? We try to figure out the due dates for babies and rarely are they born on their actual due dates. I think it's something like 5% that actually do.
Most mothers-to-be would call due dates as deadlines as they'd like to have their bodies back. Heck, I know I sure did! Nine months of wearing the same expandable clothing and being scolded for eating cans & cans of black olives (Oh! the cravings!) tends to get on the nerves a bit. But once the baby arrives and gurgles that first coo, we often forget those little inconvenient kicks to the bladder, and heartburn strong enough for a mammoth!
And here it is, Friday. The due date of my niece-to-be. No word yet if the baby knows it's time, but fortunately I've met this deadline! The baby set is finished; ready to ship out the moment the phone call comes in! The three pieces were created with one of my all-time favorite stitches known as the "Bushy Stitch."
The "Bushy Stitch" is based upon two double crochet stitches, 2 chains, and a single crochet stitch grouped together. I used Sirdars' Snuggly and Sirdars' Snuggly Bubbly yarns -- both of which are machine washable -- a must for children! The fibers and stitch combined beautifully, if I do say so myself, to create a lusciously light and soft fabric perfect, I think, for the Florida climate. I chose the color to represent the birthstone for March as those ultrasounds are not always 100% accurate! Of course if the baby opts to wait until April to be born then I'm in trouble! I'll have to then create a whole new set to represent "diamonds." Hooboy! Let's hope this isn't the case!
For those looking for a mention of a pattern availability, there isn't one. I whipped these up off the top of my head. If I meet all my other (crochet) deadlines I'll consider recreating the set and this time writing the pattern(s) down! In the meantime, if you'd like to give the Bushy Stitch a try, I do have a preemie pattern available on my website: Baby Sweetness Set.
3/15/06 UPDATE: Baby Lily was born last night! Congratulations Megan & Gary!