When I was pregnant with my first child, my husband and I were living in Sydney, Australia. The beach was never far –take your pick north or south you are bound to find one of the finest quality water lifestyles known to man. Pristine, unpolluted water that can go on for miles along the coast. So it comes as no surprise that the weekend activity for many Australians is generally beach-related.
I was due around February 14th and I started to feel uncomfortable with a huge belly around New Years Eve. It’s usually very hot at that time of year, and the only respite is to go to the beach. However, the water current in summer changes and cold water from the south pole makes its way up the shore, dropping the temperature of the water to an average of 66 degrees. So while the air is hot, the water can sometimes be very cold. For a tropical fish like me, this is not particularly pleasant. It doesn’t help that I had a huge belly and that my innate distrust of pounding waves did not make it easy for me to relax in the surf.
You see, Australians have a thing called “nippers” and from the moment a child can walk, talk and follow directions, they join a class taught on the weekends by volunteers lifesavers or swimming clubs. The point is for the kid to grow up respecting the surf…..But no nippers, for me, as there were only a couple of beaches in my country where you could surf. In Sydney, you can surf at practically in any beach. The surf is rough and tumbles you as if you were in a cold wash washing machine. If the surf doesn’t scare you, the temperature of the water will.
So, being pregnant and not too keen on a cold rough wash, I would spent my hours of sunshine dipping in the water to cool down and laying on the sand with a book. For those, few minutes I was gone I could never relax leaving the car keys, money and mobile phone unattended. A beach bag makes it an easy target. A multi purpose beach blanket was my solution.
I’d like to share my design for this ultimate beach blanket with you. The Ultimate Beach Blanket features an insert for three pillows or storage, a small pocket under the blanket to hide your mobile phone and car keys. Straps for easy handling and storage. The blanket is big enough to accommodate two adults. This is an intermediate or above level project.
See next page for materials list and instructions.