Ahh yes, vet visits, special food diets, and following the little guy around to make sure he doesn't toss his cookies after eating is lots of fun ;) I wish that I knew how he got into the garbage--I thought that our step-can was dog proof, but apparently not!
It was also partly because my friend ended up having her baby (eeee! babies!) so I got to work on a little chenille blanket project that I had originally intended to have done for her baby shower, which was about 3 weeks ago. Oops! Better late than never I suppose? So if you happen to be this friend (I know she reads this blog), you can stop reading right now so that this is still a surprise the next time I see you :)
I actually made one of these chenille blankets a few months ago as a trial run to see how well it would turn out. Check out my first post on it here, which gives more of a how-to! The result was so cute (and warm!) that I decided it was a project worth revisiting for baby gifts.
I settled for a lovely grey polka-dot top fabric and a combination of yellow and white flannel for the chenille underneath. I happen to love grey and yellow together--they contrast so nicely! Even though I knew my friend was having a boy I wanted to pick something somewhat neutral that would grow well with the little guy and wouldn't scream out "baby blanket!"
With this blanket I sewed my quilting lines a little bit closer together...about 3/8" spacing versus the 1/2" spacing last time around. I bought this handy little chenille cutter to make all of the cutting go faster. I HIGHLY recommend it. Like really really recommend it if you're going to make one of these. It was about $20 or so (I got it on overstock.com), but since I imagine that I'll probably end up making more of these blankets once my other friends start having babies (HINT HINT everyone), I think that it was worth the investment.
I must say, that I think I like it even more than the first one that I made! It certainly went faster this time around because I knew what I was doing. I am so excited to give it to the little guy!