Miriana's first baby, Noah, is on his way in August. The baby shower is tomorrow and I hope she and Chris are going to like this baby bear cocoon set. This cocoon idea, for wrapping up baby in chilly weather, rather than using a blanket that isn't easy to control, is catching on, and understandably so. There's plenty of wiggle room, but baby can't squirm out. He or she remains warm and protected. I'll elaborate a bit on the pattern in my Ravelry project notes. I didn't follow it. I think it could have used better tech editing. Despite the pattern being somewhat funky, I think the set is cute. My source is a booklet by Annie's Attic called Cuddle Cocoons.
I used acrylic yarn, because it's for a baby and I was thinking: washability and non-allergenic. The premium acrylics fit the bill nicely. I find that although they are kind of blech as you're working with them, they bloom after washing, and are definitely soft enough for baby skin to touch.
For this project, I used Vanna's Choice in Chocolate and Oatmeal, by Lion Brand. I like that Lion Brand has given over $1 million of their proceeds from Vanna's Choice, to St Jude's Children's Hospital. Here's a short video about it. Kudos to Vanna and Lion Brand for directing a portion of their proceeds to such a worthy charity.