Lots of people having babies over the next few months
so am sending out these baby gifts in the mail. Come this weekend,
these little balls, bibs and fleece blankets will go to new homes.
Am always excited when I hear of another happy event,
not only because I think babies are great and smell nice,
another obsession: these soft balls with a bell in the center
and ribbon tags all over. I began making them almost three
years ago when my eldest was teething. I'd noticed that many
of her softies were unusually pristine save for their laundry tags,
which were frayed, faded and perpetually damp. I decided then
that the ideal teething toy was featureless (why waste time
including ears, nose, hair etc?) but covered with these little tags.
So set about sewing my favorite shape with folded ribbons and
these already existed, and with sincere imitations all around, besides.
And as blankets! Was gratified to know that there were other odd
children out there with a tag fetish. So I kept sewing - and giving
them away. Plus it was such a good way to use up bib remnants.
The balls in the photos are just some of what I have left after giving
many away. I finally stopped when I ran out of room to store them.
Sadly, there is no similarly convenient limitation for bibs, which are
flat, so that particular addiction has continued unchecked.
I have many happy memories of sewing these while Emily
(my eldest) was napping. I had just moved into our new home
and left all my childhood /teenhood sewing machines behind in
mom's house. My mother-in-law, understanding only slightly
my almost rabid need for a sewing machine in those early days even
before we had furniture to speak of, loaned me her old Singer.
I didn't feel quite ready to jump back in to sewing clothes, having taken
too long a break from it while in paid employment,
so baby stuff was the prefect re-entry project.
When I grew a little bored of the balls, I tried some blocks
Along with the balls, I've since given quite a few cubes and blankets
away and these are what are left. Wish I'd taken pictures of those
that have left for better homes but that was in the pre-blog days
and it never crossed my mind that there'd be a reason to.
And here is evidence of further insanity: new fabric I've been
buying over the past few weeks. Not exactly impulse buying,
considering how long I stood in the store rationalizing buying
them. I am pleased to say I know exactly what each piece will
become. The challenge now is to find the time to make them
before the weather changes and renders the particular garment useless.
These cotton-lycra knits will become shorts for little girls
(or maybe pants if I don't get to them by the fall)
These are for secret projects for birthdays,