So I’m pretty much done with my baby blanket and it’s time to choose a new crochet project. I’ve been thinking about making a baby cardigan. I only have time to make one, but I’ve found several patterns that I like and I can’t decide which one to try. So here are pictures of the cardigans, keep in mind that whatever colors or detailing I implement in the finished project will be gender neutral, so don’t let flowers or ruffles or whatnot throw you. I’ve indicated what pattern it is below, along with a note about changes I’d make.
With the exception of the bottom right one, all of these were actually designed by a mom with a baby, so I’m pretty sure any of them would work in real life to put on an actual kid. I’m intending to make a long-sleeved version of whatever I pick – it’s rather rare for it to be actually warm here, so I’m not worried about weight and the upcoming summer.
From top to bottom, and left to right. These are all Ravelry links, so you may not be able to access them without a Ravelry ID.
- Swing Set Cardigan by Linda Permann (I’d add long sleeves)
- Bombay Love by Rima Aranha (I’d add long sleeves)
- Baby Kimono Wrap by Susanne Visch
- Anna Cardigan by Robyn Chachula (long sleeves, front ties, and no flowers)
- Sorrento Hooded Cardigan by Mon Petit Violon
- Baby Hoodie (& hat) by Caron Yarns (add front ties)
OK! Now that I’ve got that out of my brain, let’s try something else. Here are my two favorite pictures I’ve taken lately.
Mmm, fennel.That lovely lacy plant is fennel, which grows wild here, and in this particular park, grows well over six feet tall. It remains tasty, however, no matter how big it gets. But I digress. Most likely, I am hungry and it’s hard NOT to remind me of food in some way.
What I intended to say before my stomach stepped in is that this picture is from Temescal Lake. It’s 5 minutes from my house, a small lake created by a dam and improved in one of those charming 1930s Army Corps of Engineer projects. It has a tiny beach, lots of fishing, and a couple of rustic stone buildings with a cafe, cookout areas, swimming amenities and such. We take Wesley there on the weekends and walk, and play ball with him in the open fields.
We walk near dusk, when the lake is calm and the ducks are out and the sky is beautiful. Pacific coast sunsets rarely fail to impress. It’s a peaceful spot. It’s hard to remember that the land depression the park sits in was created by the Hayward fault subsiding. The park and lake actually sit right on top of the Hayward fault line. If an earthquake happened? Perhaps this park would not be the calmest place to be. Of course, if there really WAS a big earthquake there’s not a spot in the area that would be calm.
On that note, I shall depart to go stare at my baby blanket, and attempt to finish it!