A dear friend of mine just found out she's pregnant and this actually affords me enough time to finish gifts BEFORE the baby is born (maybe!)
On hand and ready to use for these gifts, I happen to have 7 50-g balls of Sirdar Snuggly Tiny Tots DK in "candy" http://www.yarnmarket.com/images/TinyTots948.jpg, 4 balls of Wendy Peter Pan (baby blue and baby green) and 4 balls of Sirdar Snuggly Chatterbox (orange-ey and yellow). The Snuggly and Chatterbox are textured, the Peter Pan is smooth, all of it is DK, and I guess total, I have something like 2300 yds of appropriate DK weight. My plan was to make a huge baby blanket out of all these, but that baby is a toddler now, so I'll be making him a regular afghan in boy colors, so I've got all that yarn now!
That being said, I need gift ideas for her. Being that she is due in June, I don't know what warmth level to make things. I know infants always need their head warm, so I figured definitely a hat and some booties too. Then I was thinking a blanket, of course, but I have a zillion patterns and nothing that I love yet, and should I do a more open-work pattern for the June baby? Then, what is the thingie called that they wrap the baby in to take home, is it a bunting? The layette sets I've seen all call for sweaters and I just don't think that would be appropriate, but maybe a bunting wouldn't be a bad idea? No patterns for that either, if that's even what it's called. Then, I was thinking some cotton bibs and maybe a washcloth or two. I just can't decide!!! If anyone has some set suggestions or any free patterns (i've perused through Lion's site and knitting pattern central already) I would so appreciate it!!!
Thank you all so much!
P.S. Mommies out there, from your experiences, what is a desired size for a newborn blanket? Lots of the patterns I've seen are like 28 x 31, maybe a bit bigger, but that seems so small to me! Tx!
P.S.P.S. I don't know if they're going to find out the sex of the baby and I'd like to get started way in advance anyway. I think these colors are pretty unisex though.
P.S.P.S. I was thinking of Edith Eig's feather and fan blankie here http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/lb_bedding/article/0,2025,DIY_13993_2276473,00.html but that would only leave me 3 balls to do the hat and booties... what do you think? i could use 6 balls of the tiny tots, then do the color changes with the chatterbox and peter pan, changing not only colors but also textures, and i think that would be okay since it's all DK weight...