Baby #3’s gifts also grew out of a silly idea on the part of his parents.
Back before they got married in 2014, his mom & dad made a truly hilarious engagement video of them costumed as a penguin and a giraffe and dancing around Chicago.
Obviously their child should grow up knowing that his parents are some of the silliest, cutest people in the world. Since they told me they were expecting a boy, I figured that he’d need to dress like a baby penguin to fit into his family.
For the cardigan, I used the same pattern as baby #2’s green froggy one. The little yellow booties (you can’t see it in the above picture of his parents, but dad is wearing ridiculous orange shoes too) came from this super simple free pattern.
That hat though… oh dear. Baby #3 would have gotten his presents so much earlier if I hadn’t set my heart on free-handing a color-worked baby penguin face hat.
After a lot of crocheting and unraveling…
…I thought finally had something satisfactory, until I realized it was far from baby sized.
Thankfully, making a second hat was so much easier. Not only had I figured out how to pattern the color work, I also made the smaller hat by holding two strands together and using an I hook instead of the F hook I used for the bigger hat. SO MUCH FASTER!
I sent the bigger hat off too but I suspect that mom & dad might be wearing it more than baby #3 will be for a decade or so…
I wanted to make sure that giraffe-mom wasn’t forgotten either and totally lucked out by finding a giraffe blanket at Target.
Next, moving on to Baby #4…