“Professional Auntie” Goes Baby Crochet Crazy!By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 3 Comments
I am a “professional auntie!” This means I have a huge number of nieces and nephews (at least a Baker’s Dozen), and I’m not actually related to any of them! It’s great being a professional auntie who crochets because if I ever feel the need to impulse crochet something cuter than cute I have an instant reason to do so!
And when you’re a professional auntie like me, there is no shortage of babies to shower with gifts! I’m in my 30’s so my friends are in that baby-making phase where they are having first, second, and sometimes third children! How great is that? They want and need handmade gifts. I want and need to make them. Crochet for babies is completely adorable, and usually quick and easy to make. It’s a win-win situation!
Giving a handmade crochet gift to a new parent is a wonderful thing. They will marvel at your lovely handiwork, wonder how you had the time to make it, and even do a photo shoot with the tiny recipient modeling your creation! It’s warm fuzzies all around.
I feel I should mention, however, that yarn choice for this kind of gift is extremely important. Remember that this gift is actually about the parent more than the baby or you! While you may love working with high-end wools and alpacas, you need to make absolutely sure that your gift is easy care. It’s best to make your item machine washable and dryable! Machine washable and air dry might be okay depending upon the parent, but even the most conscientious lauderer will make mistakes upon lack of sleep! These parents are tired & don’t want to have to deal with the guilt of ruining your gorgeous creation. So do both you and them a favor and avoid this problem before it starts. Hand your lucky recipient a beautiful, colorful, EASY CARE item!
Having said that, professional aunties, get your hooks a-whirling! Crochet Spot is an excellent resource for awesome baby and kid patterns.
I want to hear all about the wonderful baby projects that get your hearts & hooks working! Please leave your thoughts, stories, and ideas in the comments below! What is your go-to baby project? Have you been inspired by any particular baby? Are you a “professional auntie” like me? Tell me all about your precious loved ones! Why do babies have to be so darned cute? That’s how they get ya, right!?