I have a new nephew! He is so sweet and I wish.wish.wish that I could hold him. But he’s in Florida and I’m in Texas. For now I just have to enjoy the photos sent from my brother in law and just imagine how sweet he smells.

cameron

I get all mushy just thinking about him.

His name is Cameron Quinn and this is my brother and sister in law’s first baby. I wanted our baby gift to be very special. Handmade is always special. I also wanted it to be something Cameron might use for his children someday. I thought a crocheted baby blanket would be perfect.

Crocheted Baby Blanket

I had started shopping months ago and found a couple of cute stuffed cuddle toys, a monkey and a puppy.  I must have stood there for 15 minutes trying to decide which one to buy.  I love monkeys…so my first instinct was to buy him.  But I still wavered, so I went to find hubs and ask him.  He confirmed my choice of the monkey, back to the shelf went the puppy.

Then I sent a text to my brother in law and asked the colors of the nursery.  Oh my gosh!  the nursery colors were the same as the puppy I put back.  So I went back to the store, returned the monkey and I bought the cute little gray and blue snuggle buddy puppy.

The puppy turned out to be the perfect inspiration for the blanket colors.  I new the nursery colors were light blue with gray and white and this puppy helped my find just the right shades.  I took him to Hobby Lobby and we picked out the yarn together.

Blue Gray & White Crocheted Rippled Baby Blanket

Then I needed to find a pattern I could crochet from.  Being a self taught newbie to crochet, I knew it needed to be something easy, but I found the perfect pattern on LionBrand.com.

It was labeled as “easy level2″ so I felt confident I could handle it.  I have to say, the most difficult part of crochet for me is reading patterns.  I’m a visual person, so I learn by watching, not so well be reading instructions.  But I muddled through.  Pulled out stitches and restarted more times than I can count but last night I wove in the final stitch!

WooHoo!  that feels so good.

Okay, so we have a cute little snuggle toy and a handmade blanket.  But I wanted to get one more thing to finish up my gift for sweet little Cameron.

a book!

And what better book than “I’ll Love You Forever” book by Robert Munsch and Shelia McGraw?  One of my all time favorites.

Crocheted Baby Blanket, Snuggle Toy and "I'll Love You Forever" Book

Now our gift is complete and ready to send.

Something to cuddle, something to comfort and something to soothe him.

I’m filled with joy knowing that Cameron have a part of my heart as he grows.

My hope is that I will be able to snuggle up and read to him him someday soon.

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