Hello, poor neglected blog. Sorry it’s been so long.
Here’s a quick update:
-My Thanksgiving cranberries turned out just fine.
-I finished the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving within my goal time of 1 hour. It would’ve been quicker, but I was having serious stomach issues, which led to serious motivation issues. But, whatever.
-I haven’t been running since Thanksgiving. Oops.
So, anyway, I’ve been doing a bit of crocheting lately. I made a couple of blankets for Paul’s grandmothers for Christmas:
For Grandma A.
For Grandma L.
And I made the cuuuuutest owl hat for my new nephew:
(Pattern for the hat found here.)
Since I’ve been crocheting more, I’ve been looking for more patterns, which has led me to this conclusion: Just because you can crochet/knit something, doesn’t mean you should. Case in point: crocheted bikini. Really? Gross. Just gross. I had a talk with my aunt about a similar issue. It’s perfectly fine to crochet things for babies and little kids because they’re cute on their own merit. You could put them in a burlap bag and they’d still be adorable. But adults should not necessarily wear their own crocheted creations. Sometimes it’s just better to buy the sweater or the purse at the mall….
On that same note, I tried to make a cute little ruffle hat for my friend’s baby (well, she’s over 1…can I really call her a baby anymore?). I followed the instructions for the 12 month – 2T size and the hat is GIGANTIC. It fits my head. This hat for a baby = adorable. This hat for a 20-something woman = ehhhh. Maybe someone will buy it at a craft show….
Back in April, I started working on a “practice” blanket just to get my crochet skills back in shape for the special blanket I previewed here. I fiiiiinally finished the blanket tonight.
The last picture is a close-up of the edging. It’s not exactly what I wanted it to be, but I’m satisfied with it.
Paul’s mom has a small crafting business, so I’m going to give this to her to sell at her next show. I’m just so glad to be done with it! 🙂
I wasn’t going to post any pictures of this until after it was done and after I had given it to the proud parents, but I couldn’t help it. I’m so in love with this blanket already…both the color combination and the pattern. I’m having a lot of fun making it, too. It goes by rather quickly (aside from working the foundation chain, which was a pain in the @$$), and I can’t not be happy when I’m working on it, but I have a feeling that’s just because of who the recipient is. So, without further ado, I give you a sneak peek at my latest project:
Love love love!
Pattern and color inspiration found here.
Pattern (with super helpful step-by-step tutorials) also found here.
…taught myself to read crochet patterns. I’ve known how to crochet since my freshman year of college, but I learned from my roommate who also didn’t know how to read patterns. So, yesterday, I taught myself to read a new pattern, learned a new stitch, and made a sample of a ripple pattern:
As soon as I finish the project I’m currently working on, this ripple pattern will become a blanket for a very special baby due in December. Can’t wait!
One more pretty thing I made today:
This one is silver and black satin. I’m excited. 🙂