Friday, March 10, 2006

Babies Don't Do Deadlines

Click for a larger view.  No pattern is available.

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!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A general question -

How does a person determine the sell price an item after making it?  I've heard there is a formula.  Thank you for your time and knowledge.