A friend of mine is having a baby. She is cute and sweet and stylish and the baby is a girl. I found a really cute sweater pattern that reminded me of her and then I tossed it. Because, you know, I never shoved my kids in those baby sweaters. They were kind of a pain and as my mom says, "Little finger and crochet don't always make a good match." So, I decided to do a blanket.
I found a blanket pattern that I really liked and began searching for yarn. This pattern has seven colors. You know, I hate color changes, but this seemed like so much fun. Anyway, the thing with seven colors is that you are going to have to buy at least seven skeins of yarn. And her nursery colors are green and brown. Kinda. Anyway, those are the colors I was going to use.
But in searching for the yarn, I discovered that I wasn't going to be able to make this blankie for any amount I can currently afford. I need yarn that is easy care and comes in a large selection of colors so I can get all my green and brown shades. And I just can't find what I need. So, now I am stymied.
I have a lovely sweater pattern that I think would be super cute, but probably not all that useful (especially since the baby is due in May and probably won't need a sweater for much of anything for a good long while). I have a blankie pattern that I can't afford to make. And of course, I have Ravelry, so it's not like I couldn't find a million other things to make.
But I want you all to weigh in. First of all, parents, did you dress your kids in pretty little sweatery things or was anything more complex that onsie plus sweatpants lost on you for the first six months or so? How did you feel about blankets that didn't match the nursery? Was there any other home crafted nugget of joy that was more useful/loved than blankies and sweaters? Secondly, crocheters, what is your go-to baby gift? What about your go-to baby yarn? Is there a simple solution when yarn selection and cost gets in the way of your vision? And thirdly, for anyone, should I go back to the sweater, come up with a different blanket pattern or just make something else entirely?
This shouldn't be as hard as it is.