Included with all the things I made, I printed out a 4x6 card with washing instructions. Then I got to thinking. These tiny dresses, hats, and everything else could very easily get ruined in the spin cycle of the washer. They could also get lost in the dryer (we've all gone through the "lost sock" syndrome, right?). So, I went to the dollar store and picked up a bunch of those mesh laundry bags. On the washing instruction card I said to put a few items in each bag. This way the items are protected and nothing will be lost of destroyed. Even the delicate cycle on the washer can be rough during the spin cycle.
Oh, another thing. As I was making the baby things, I also crocheted a cape for my friend that will come down to elbow length. I remember how cold it gets laying in that hospital bed. Plus those gowns aren't exactly pretty! This will be just enough to keep the chill off her shoulders and arms, and at the same time add a touch of pretty for her too. It'll also be easy to maneuver for breast feeding and anything else she needs to do.
By Cricketnc from Parkton, NC
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Wonderful and thoughtful idea! Now I'm jealous, wish I'd had a friend like you during my childbearing years! I couldn't knit or crochet to save my life. :P
How lucky that new mom is to have such a clever and thoughtful friend such as you! You sure have good ideas....some that we are wondering "Now, why didn't I think of that!!"
One of the best gifts that I've given to every new mother I know over the past 4 years is a small mesh laundry bag with a zippered top. These are great for keeping little baby socks together in the washer and dryer without losing them. I use separate ones for my 2 little boys so their socks can pretty much mate themselves!
These little mesh laundry/lingerie bags are also great for keeping together mittens or booties and such so they don't get lost from one another. I use several of the bags in the laundry room and next to the hamper. Even my 4 year old son knows to take his socks off and zip them in HIS bag. I mark the bags separately with an old string from gym shorts woven through one of them.
I do have one drawstring mesh bag, a huge one (I think it was designed for carting loads of laundry around in a dorm, but it goes through the washer and dryer just fine). I use it for my bulky-knit acrylic holiday sweaters. I no longer have to turn my them inside out, as they don't rub against other clothes, and I can put them in the dryer (at low setting) they don't stretch out. I do re-secure the drawstring after washing, though; it may stay closed through the wash cycle, but not through wash and dry both. (01/13/2011)
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