|My latest crochet creation - the snuggly, warm, baby pink giraffe earflap hat|
Isn't that the sweetest thing? I just made this last week.
Come to think of it, the little girls born in the last few years are so lucky too, with the influx of feminine baby things. I know it was only 8 short years ago, but I was hard pressed to find any pink baby gear back in 2004. No pink pack-n-plays, no pink car seats, no pink exersausers nada. We ended up getting dark blue and green plaid everything. Now I look around and there are pink zebra potty chairs and lavender strollers. What? Why did manufacturers only realize in 2010 that 50% of the population might want butterflies and flowers on their baby things? Boo. Hey, speaking of zebras, have you noticed animal prints are a super hot baby trend? Zebra, Giraffes, Monkeys, and Elephants are everywhere! I went to the store to find a gift for a friend of mine having a baby girl and I fell in love with the cute Giraffe themed baby clothes...
I was especially inspired by this adorable wrap blanket...
|How cute are those little pink giraffes? So sweet!!|
|close up of the tiny giraffe face|
I used extra soft pink yarn. The ear flap pattern I got for free online (the website I used is no longer there, I was going to link to it - I may have to revamp my changes and print up my own version of an ear flap hat, if you are interested). I did not have a pattern for the giraffe features, so I went searching online for images to inspire me. I had to hunt around for some rounded ears and I made up the horns. For the braids I used the two main yarn colors (white and pink) plus added a rose colored darker strand for a braid contrast. I'm not sure how size translates in these pictures, but this is so small, about a 3-6 month baby head.
|This turned out so cute, I almost didn't want to give it away|
Once finished it matched the other gift items pretty well.
|Baby pink giraffes - stinkin' adorable.|
The gift went over well at the baby shower! There were many "ooo's and ahhh's" as she opened her gift. I can not wait until her little girl gets here (this December) and I can update you with a picture with a cute baby wearing my sweet lil' giraffe hat. I also can't wait to try some other colors. A little baby blue one, or a light yellow one with some brown spots for a "real" giraffe look.