|Blue like the sky,|
Pretty in the breeze.
The hold-up? Fabric to line the reverse side.
How hard do you think it could be to find some basic satin in pastel baby colours?
In my town, it is very hard because few shops stock large ranges of anything on their shelves. With the growing popularity of online shopping and the increasing costs for retailers of rents and floorspace, the variety of goods on offer is reducing. I'm also noticing a reduction in the general quality of goods these days.
Everybody wants to cut costs. Is that happening in your part of the world too?
Maybe I'm old-fashioned. I believe in investing in good quality. Cheap solutions can be false economy if the product doesn't last or wear well.
Over the years, I've come to realise my personal ethos:
"If you are going to do a job, do it well, do it properly."
(or at least to the best of one's ability)
(or at least to the best of one's ability)
That is why I could not continue the Teddy Bear blanket until I had found just the right fabric. All I wanted was a pretty pastel cool blue satin that would be smooth to the touch and coordinate with the crocheted blue, tan, white and yellow.
|All the squares are joined and waiting for a fabric backing.|
For ridges on the right side of the blanket, use double crochet stitches
to join the squares with wrong sides facing.
When colour is critical to the finish of a project, I need see the materials with my own eyes. Online shopping doesn't cut it with me because I don't trust the colour reproduction on computer screens. All it takes is for a monitor to be poorly colour calibrated and what you see on screen may not be what you get.
When time is of the essence, I don't want to be waiting days and weeks for a postal delivery. I want to get on with my project! What if the item arrives and it is not right and needs to be returned? More time (and energy) wasted.
At the first opportunity, I raced to the local haberdashery only to discover that their satin range had no pastel colours whatsoever! The classic, standard baby pastels of blue, pink, yellow and green were nowhere to be seen! Everything was 'dance satin', designed for costumes, in rich jewel colours with glitters and sparkles.
My heart was set on a pastel blue but the blues available were too deep and warm for the cool colours in my crocheted blanket. Will I resign myself to yellow? While yellow is a light colour, the yellows on offer were also bright and sparkly. I tried to find the least sparkly one to match as best I could and brought it home but the next day, in the daylight, it was plain that the yellow was too deep for the pastel lemon.What a setback; and the next best fabric suppliers were across town!
A classic, almost neutral,
pastel blue satin.
A cross-town journey is an apprehensive undertaking for me and my MCTD / lupus. The mental effort of concentration and the physical effort of driving, plus the UV radiation exposure through the car windows, will trigger a chain reaction inside the body resulting in fatigue and flaring of symptoms. The results will hit rapidly either the same day or the next.
Forget spontaneous travel with my autoimmune disease. Everything needs to be planned in advance taking into consideration energy levels, stamina, fatigue and activity levels across the week (and often across the entire month allowing for rest days); all extra delays in finding my fabric.
Good news this week: I sourced some pastel blue satin and was well enough to travel across town to make sure it matched; and it did!
Better news this week: Baby has arrived!
I will not share too many details to preserve the privacy of the family but I can tell you that a happy, healthy baby boy has been welcomed into our circle and everyone is doing well.
Guess who was privileged enough to hold a gorgeous newborn!
Shocking news: blanket is still unfinished. Fortunately, the days and nights are still warm so baby won't be needing it immediately.
That's just as well because the satin has been on the line to dry after an initial wash to pre-shrink and wash out any excess dye. It would be a shame if the dye were to run out and stain the front of the blanket. Fortunately, this satin is a good quality and there was no dye leaching at all. It was worth the extra travel for sure.
I plan to stitch the satin backing tomorrow, taking notes and pictures to document the process for you. I'm so excited!
Have you done any baby crochet recently?
|The shiny smooth satin will contrast the textured crochet stitches;|
a tactile experience designed to stimulate baby's senses.
It will also be warm and easy to wash.
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