<= 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:
“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.
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:
I decided on a chevron-wave effect to simulate water
And some turtle ideas:
<= I wanted to capture the idea of baby turtles running into the ocean (minus the hoard of attacking seagulls).
These were some of my quick sketches:
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:
(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?