It seems like everyone is having babies or just had a baby. I love to knit and crochet for babies. Why?? Simple. Babies don't complain if you dress them up in silly hats or outfits. Babies don't hold definite opinions about colors. They are small people therefore their clothes are small and quick to finish. Everyone OOOhs and AAAhs over anything made for a baby.
How do I know babies don't complain? I have not ever seen a baby fuss (unless it's the 15th outfit you put on him or her in the span of 2 hours) about what they are wearing. People usually smile and talk in pleasant voices when dressing a baby in something made especially for them. This makes the baby feel loved and secure and they are happy. Now I won't speak for the kid at age 17 when you whip out the baby pictures at a family gathering and play the remember when game.
So all this to say a friend is going to become a grandma soon and a nephew will be having his first child with his wife right after. Another friend recently had her first grandson arrive. We have had a rash of first birthdays in the family also. So I guess you could say babies have been on my mind recently.
I thought about what I wanted to do for each of these new people coming into the world. Then I looked at my time lines. Hmmmm.... The church festival is in 3 1/2 weeks. Baby shower 1 is the weekend before. Baby shower 2 is the weekend after. There is set up for the festival. There is a new boss at work to get settled in. A layette is out of the question. A blanket is also out. I still have one that didn't get finished for one of the year olds. What is quick??? So good old ravelry to the rescue. I plugged in just what I had in my library to narrow my choices. I looked through the pages upon pages of choices. I disregarded things on really fine yarn. My final choice? A baby surprise jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Worsted weight yarns on medium sized needles should go quickly. I found some baby prints yarn in worsted weight acrylic. New moms usually don't want to take time to hand wash wool these days. I'm set. I can do garter stitch in my sleep practically.
I had thought I would like to do the new zoo ring stack toy from Crochet World was on my radar for my nephew. But then I remembered how long the jungle one took that I did. I'm better off with the BSJ from Elizabeth.