I first met my granddaughter Emma Adrienne on a family trip to a Gulf Coast beach. She was born in July and was a tiny infant at the time. Living 1000 miles away, it took some coordination to travel, but that sweet face was my blessing as well as the beautiful white sand beach.
Emma has been my muse ever since then, and though my clothing construction skills are minimal, for her I try. Among my favorite patterns are those from the Pickles studio in Norway. http://www.pickles.no/
Or the Crochet Crowd’s Bubble Dress that didn’t work because all that ruffling was far too heavy for a crocheted dress. Pretty in theory, awful as a garment. I called it a Not So Bubbly Bubble Dress and ended up taking it all apart and made Emma a sweater jacket from some of the yarn. The ruffling–I don’t know what I’ll do with that–it is pretty, but not practical.
My daughter’s best friend is expecting her first child and so I went back to the beach for inspiration. Sand and sun and blue skies with sparkling ocean spray are reflected in this baby afghan made with the Fanfare stitch. http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/353.html?www=1
New baby’s Day at the Beach afghan worked in a modified shell stitch, Fanfare.
Back to the sea to find another pearl.