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October 21, 2012

on October 21, 2012

20121021-223215.jpgRight now, I have three friends that are having babies.  Two are due very soon, and the third in the New Year.  These babies were the catalyst to relearn to crochet.  To surpass my measly grade-school skills and actually make useful things.  Petty things.  My most favorite gifts were the blankets that were crocheted for each baby.  My mother in law has some wonderful skills.  Her blankets were beautiful, and much loved and appreciated.  I wanted to do that for someone.  I wanted to be able to give them something that they might enjoy and treasure.

But first, I had to learn.  After Teagan’s scarf, my first project was this variegated blanket.  At the time, the parents didn’t know, or hadn’t announced, the sex of their baby, so I played it safe, with neutral baby colors.  This blanket helped me learn how to make sure I didn’t lose stitches as I increased rows.  I also learned how to do a scallop edge to finish the blanket off.

20121021-223111.jpgThe next blanket was this pink and white v-stitch.  It turned out light and airy, but still warm and snuggly.  I enjoyed learning the stitch and actually crocheting it, once I got to the higher rows, it was a lovely lap blanket.  Crocheting this blanket, taught me more about yarn tension as well as gauge and hook size.  Normally this stitch is a bit tighter, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out, it reminds me of an afghan that my grandmother knit (or maybe crocheted) for my mom years ago.  It reminds me of her.  I also learned a bit more about edging and finishing off a blaknet.

20121021-223122.jpgThe third blanket, so far!, was the African flowers.  A blanket for a baby girl, who’s parents were a bit scared of the pink avalanche that was coming, so I tried to make something feminine, but  not overly pink.  Yes, there are pink flowers and accents, but it’s not overwhelming.  This blanket was the hardest thing I had done.  I needed to learn to make the flowers, which, once you get the hang of it, are easy enough.  Relaxing, actually, once you get the trick.  One of the big lessons in this afghan was  finishing each flower off as you go, how annoying it is if you leave all the ends to the end.  Tapestry needles are your friend!  Attaching all the flowers was a bit tricky too, as was finishing it off.  I ended up doing the border twice, as the decreases for the “in” corners didn’t look right the first time.  Second time around, they laid much flatter.

I probably needed to put one more row on so it would be a /\/\/\ pattern, but I nearly ran out of time.  A bout of premature labor will totally push a deadline up.

I think I’m happiest with this last one, nostalgia aside.  I needed to do the other two first, acquiring enough skill to be able to do the hexagon afghan, and even then, I’m not sure I was skilled enough.  It turned out pretty well though.

20121021-223147.jpgI started a new one tonight for Teagan.


10 responses to “October 21, 2012

  1. Kate says:

    What lovely work! Especially that last one, wow! They must be pretty awesome people who are very touched by the feminine aspects without being covered in pastel. Just lovely. Someday I will learn to crochet.

  2. Kat says:

    They are all wonderfu. I think you have begun a new hobby that will not only give you hours of relaxation, but form beautiful things for your family and friends. I commented about the nostalgia part for me in the last entry comment. I love my crocheted keepsakes.

    • lisasff says:


      It’s very de-stressing… I need to finish a bunny for Teagan and the fringe on Stu’s scarf… not as much fun as just running rows on a blanket :D

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