As my eldest approaches 8 years old, I have been having a bit of a "mid-mom-life crisis." Seriously. How is she halfway to 16? All of a sudden, many of the things I have thought, "One day I'll make that for my daughter..." have this expiry date. She's going to be grown up and out of here in no time! (Well, if we're still living in Sydney, she could still be crashing at our house well into adult years. But there is still the possibility that she could move out at 18 and never come back.
I've already missed the boat on many crochet projects I've been wanting to make (ice cream sundae beanie, baby cardigans, lacy bonnets) *sigh* - but now I've got a renewed focus on getting some things done before it is too late.
Enter, the Fancy Pants Bunting! I have been wanting to make a decorative bunting for her room for YEARS, but most of the patterns looked chunky or meh. So, in my year of exploratory crochet, I thought I'd give it a try. And I'm so happy with how it came out! I'm using shaping of both working in the round and working in rows to get the lace and geometrics just right. I particularly love the play of light, so the open space has just as big a role as the yarn itself. I improvised until I got it just how I wanted it. I even used the leftover yarn from the hat and scarf I made her for our Christmas visit to Minnesota, so 2 happy memories are converging with one batch of yarn.
It's about 12 feet long and now lives happily on the wall in her room. It probably makes me smile more than it makes her smile, but I'll take it. I'm going to try to seize the moments of crocheting influence I can have before she gets to the point where everything I make is dorky. When she's done with it living in her room, I'll probably still stash it and use it for birthday parties, but it will be that much more beautiful for having been part of her childhood.
Check out the pics and pattern on Ravelry and Etsy.