Turtles for the Peachick

Yeah Baby!

 

<= My friend Paulina (“the peacock“) is having a baby!!!  Babies always warrant fun crafts, multiple trips to Hobby Lobby, and laying on the couch crocheting.

Flashing back to Paulina’s bridal shower last summer…

Over a couple of mimosas we played that game where guests are asked questions about the bride and groom.  I was on a winning streak that came to a screeching halt after this question: “What is the couple’s favorite animal ‘as a couple‘?”  My inner monologue went from “I’m soooo awesome” to something like this:

 

I'm going to go ahead and guess yours is cat. Yeah.

“Favorite animal as a couple?  Who the heck has a favorite animal as a couple? Is my marriage incomplete because my husband and I have never had this conversation? Cat? Dog? Komodo Dragon? Aaaahhhh, I’m going to break my winning streak!  Can’t we just move on to the part where we have to make wedding dresses out of toilet paper?”

 

Sea turtle.  The answer was sea turtle.  

We were supposed to know this because the couple ‘fell in love’ in Hawaii.  I then filed this tidbit of information away in my “useless information that no one really cares about but I incessantly impart to others anyway and that’s why no one wants to be my friend” brain-file.  There the sea turtle joined up with my 6th grade crush’s home telephone number, obscure Simpsons trivia from the mid 1990s, and the lyrics to the opening of the Heathcliff cartoon show- in Spanish.

646-XXXX

Isidoro es genial. Es el rey de la ciudad. Nadie lo puede igualar. Tiene clase de verdad.

all syrup super squishee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we made toilet paper wedding dresses.  My team won, by the way, which I’m happy to report after my disastrous performance on the questions portion of the bridal shower.  It must have been the “pomegranate juice freshly squeezed from seeds fished out of our drinks” flower accent that gave us the competitive edge.

Anyway…flash forward 1-year and it’s baby shower time and Paulina and her husband love turtles (…’as a couple’).  I thought I’d make up some sort of crochet sea turtle blanket for their little-lady baby.  Here were some of my initial inspirations:

 

car blanket source             rainbow blanket source     water blanket source

 

I decided on a chevron-wave effect to simulate water

 

And some turtle ideas:

source                                       source                                      source

 

 

 

 

 

<= I wanted to capture the idea of baby turtles running into the ocean (minus the hoard of attacking seagulls). 

Nobody likes me. Everybody hates me. Why don't I eat some worms?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


These were some of my quick sketches:

both my kids and husband voted for this one

nope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I broke down and decided to not be a total cheapo and purchased the turtle pattern on ravelry since I loved their little sea-turtley fins and patterned shell.

 

I generally followed this free pattern here to make the chevron waves.

 

 

I got totally stumped at the surf portion of the blanket.  After torturing some highly critical/ brutally honest co-workers with rapid-fire questions about how to proceed with the “turtle blanket” followed by lots of crazed ripping-out and re-crocheting, I decided to make two rows of white, start the sand color through the back loops of the white layer, and continue the white layer in the front loops.  I added intermittent bobble stitches at the end of the floating white layer in attempt to give it a foamy look.

 

Here’s how it all came together:

 sea turtle crochet ocean baby blanket

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I remember the scene looking something like this...

(flashback alert) At the beginning of my career I once taught a summer school kindergarten class for students with severe language delays.  One day I read the students a book about sea turtles as part of an ocean unit.  When I was done, one little guy looked super sad and asked “where mom?“.  Being the incessant imparter of facts no one wants to hear, I nonchalantly said “They never see their moms.  The ocean is sooo big!  They just swim away“.  Then this little kiddo that hardly ever talked started sobbing and screaming “NO MOM!!!!!!  NO MOM!!!!!” and I was like “well, he’s lucky he didn’t get eaten by a gull, a dog, or a big fish like most of his brothers and sisters”.

Yeah.  My brutally honest co-workers advised me to NOT tell that story at the baby shower.

 

Soooo….I decided to make it very clear that the baby-Paulina sea turtle made it safely to the ocean:

See?  She’s pink! And she’s almost to the medium blue water section…

 

In the end, I gave myself super bonus kudos when it was stated that the baby would be given a Hawaiian name (SCORE!)  My ego then went on to be quickly deflated again when I lost the sculpt-a-baby-out-of-bubble gum game to someone who actually made a full head of girly hair for their gum-baby…. Toilet paper baby clothes competition anyone?

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18 Responses to Turtles for the Peachick

  1. deb says:

    i would like to know the brand and colors you chose to make the turtle blanket. Cant seem to find any that looks as good as yours.

  2. deb says:

    I would like to know what brand and colors of thread you used for the turtle blanket. So cute.

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I used “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby. It’s acrylic, but super-super soft, machine washable, and very affordable. I don’t remember what colors I used, but they have a pretty good variety.

  3. Jessica says:

    Hello I was just wondering how many skeins of each color you used to make this? Beautiful work.

  4. Julie Barnes says:

    Which color or end did you start with?

  5. Judy H says:

    I adore this! A friend is having a baby in November, and has chosen a nautical theme for the baby’s room, so I’m going to make this for her. Thank you for sharing it!
    Just one little question: would you please give a link to the sea turtle pattern on Ravelry? I’m not asking you to share the actual pattern. I intend to buy it, but I didn’t see it when I searched Ravelry.
    Thank you very much!!

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Thank you for the kind words! Here is the link to purchace from her Ravelry shop: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/everlaughter
      For some reason, it didn’t come up when I did a search for sea turtle?? Please let me know if this doesn’t work and I can look again.

      • Judy H says:

        I was just coming to tell you that I found the link above…I missed it the first time because my computer crashed and I’m trying to view everything on my tiny phone screen! :P
        I have to look at pages one piece at a time, and I overlooked it earlier! Sorry about that!
        Both links you provided work. Thank you very much! I’m going to get my yarn tomorrow and get started!! :)

  6. Jean Allen says:

    Hi, Christina! I am about ready to buy the yarn to make this for my very first grandchild. Our daughter chose seashore/ocean colors for her room’s color scheme, even before she knew she is carrying a boy. So, I would have made your cute idea even for a little girl! :) I will try to remember to post a photo when it’s all done.
    Thank you for all the info you provided in this blog post and in your replies to comments — I think I know what to do for the floating foam…sounds like you ended up making at least 3 or 4 rows of white total, including the bobbles on the last row?
    A bigger question I have: Did you use the G size hook recommended, or something different? The reason I ask is that the Neopolitan blanket looks like the stitches are worked more loosely since I can see more of the individual stitches. I prefer the look of your blanket (stitches or rows not so obvious), so I was wondering if it was a change in hook size, or just the difference in yarn used, or perhaps just a difference in the camera used.
    Another question relating to hook size: If I were to attempt this with Hobby Lobby’s “Sweet Delight Baby” yarn, which is a 3ply acrylic, do you have any suggestions as to hook size or anything else I need to watch out for to get something close to a 36″x36″ size?
    Last comment — I laugh every time I read this particular blog post. Your humor is a definite plus for me! And, just to share the fun, here’s a link to one of my favorite needlework memes, which ties in perfectly with your sea turtle baby blanket post. Happy crocheting and creating! Kind regards, Jean :D
    http://makeameme.org/meme/i-have-enough-05gwbl

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Awesome and congratulations!

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Hi Jean,
      I just saw your comment, but somehow I had already replied??? When I crochet, I usually just mess around with the hooks until I find a stitch I like. My preference is tighter than looser.

      Thanks for the compliment on the humor! If only my poor co-workers agreed with you…. I’ll definitely check out the memes and thanks for the link. Congratulations on your grandchild!!!!

  7. Leslie McCrary says:

    I have completely fallen in love with this blanket. My husband and I are expecting and we plan to have a Hawaiian themed nursery and give our child a Hawaiian name. Additionally, I love turtles. I even have a pet turtle. Sadly, I have no talent when it comes to sewing, crocheting, knitting, etc. Do you sell any of these items? Or do you take orders? I NEED this blanket :-)

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Thank you so much Leslie for the kind words. Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family! I’ve never considered selling my work since it is so time consuming to make. I would definitely recommend crochet as a hobby though!

  8. Dawn P says:

    Help!! I simply cannot figure out the white foam row. I did two rows of the white and started the sand color in the back loops of the white. Now I cannot figure out how to continue the white in the fronts loops for the foamy look. One comment above says there are 3 to 4 rows of white total. I looked up how to do a bobble stitch and there are several ways. Any instruction you can give me will be greatly appreciated.

    • cristinahuynh says:

      Hello Dawn, I did a color change to white after the light blue section. I then did two regular rows of white. At that second row of white, you are going to split up the colors. In the front loops (of the base white row) you will continue the white. In the back loops (of the base white row) you will begin the sand colored section. That way, the remainder of the white layer kind of floats above the sand layer.

      I don’t remember how many floating white layers I did, but it looks like maybe one or two? I linked the bobble stitch I did in the post. It was a bobble of 4 dc stitches. I just put them on randomly where I thought they might look good.

      I hope this helps to clarify. Please let me know if it doesn’t and I’ll try to be more clear. Best of luck!

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