First, a baby gift for a dear friend we very much miss but are extremely excited for her third little boy to join their family. The first set of items is to endear him to his brothers. It's totally frivolous but sometimes those are my favorite gifts.
Batman theme with a baby-ish twist:
Then a more practical item, too.
Then another baby gift for a friend I went to high school with who is expecting her first little one, also a boy. I did follow a pattern for the hat but the shoe one is all my own.
Another baby item. This was actually the first of my completed summer projects. This post has been delayed because I was waiting on this photo. My super sweetheart husband was able to retrieve it from the hard drive from my school laptop that crashed. I was amazed he was able to retrieve it but he's pretty amazing that way. This baby afghan will always have a special place in my heart because I worked on it while I was still in school and often in-between patients during my clinical rotations. The baby it was made for used it in the hospital and as his going home blanket. I was so happy it was so well received and is already a treasure in this baby's life.
Another baby ensemble. This was for my dear friend over at A Year with Mom and Dad. It has been so wonderful getting to know her these past couple years. I was truly over-joyed when she told me she was expecting and tickled when she emailed me from the hospital while she was in labor and then gave birth less than an hour after we "chatted" via email. I truly adore her and am honored to call her my friend.
Next item, a super simple pattern shawl. I ended up making two, one in this lovely shade of blue and the other in a purple. Two different types of yarn which gave them each a distinct look, too.
Next, a going away gift for an employee at work. She and I were the only ones who used to chat Star Trek. Aside from T Rex Dad, few other folks can keep up with me in the Sci-Fi realm. So, for any of those who do know Star Trek, you'll know who this is:
At the request of my little girl, I made this poncho and hat. She asked for a pink hat with cat ears so she could be a pink cat. Really, she actually gives me some of my best project ideas. Honestly, I am surprised she did not ask for the hat to have a crown so she could be a pink princess cat but maybe next year. I'll post more photos of her modeling the ensemble on her blog. For now, here is the completed project. Cold days can now come since her hat is ready. (I need to start on T Rex's hat set - he wants a Captain America winter hat set.)
Another Lil Sister inspired item - Tinkerbell slippers. (Can you tell how much I love crafting for my little girl?) Oh, and the Tinkerbell pants she wearing were also home crafted. I put anti-skid on the bottoms so she would not run around a corner and slip.
Lastly, a surprise for Lil Sis - she usually tells me what to craft. In this case I was actually able to surprise her with a homemade something. She saw a sock monkey soft luvie at the store. I have to admit, it was cute but if I can make something, I try to do so rather than buying it. Now, I have to say that mine was not as soft or cuddly as the store's but she loves it and calls it "soft monkey with red hair". And yes, she woke up with it sitting on her pillow waiting for her. Oh, and the pattern is mine, too.
I'd love to share the patterns I've made up but as my mom says I craft by the seat of my pants much like her mother used to. Hence, it's tough to reproduce exactly two things. Most of my originals are truly one of a kind.
Wait until you see what is in the que for the fall/winter projects. With the holidays and birthdays coming up there are lots of things to show off. Just not yet...
(P.S. In case you may be curious, a certain sweet little guy requested a Hulk so you can probably guess what I'm currently working on.)