Baby Afghan…. again

I made another baby afghan. Shocking I know. This one was started about 4 months ago, and I finished it just in time! My boss and her husband have been going through the adoption process, and they finally got their sweet little miss about a week ago. I finished the afghan only a few days before they found out. Good timing indeed!

Being as we are both textile designers, I selected this particular crochet pattern because it resembles a woven basketweave exactly. I didn’t use an exact pattern, as I did with other baby blankets, but used a youtube video instead. Find the video here. I used this video to understand the basics of the stitch, and then came up with the dimensions I wanted the blanket to meet. Once I finished the body of the blanket, I completed it by doing a bobble stitch around the edge.

I was pretty pleased with the end result, considering it was my first time not using a pattern. Take a gander!

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I used the Bernat softie yarn, in a light variegated blue. Yes, I used blue for a girl. I cannot stand gender stereotyping colors, so I just picked a nice snuggly yarn. I hope she likes it. Happy Tuesday!

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Baby Gifts for a Baby Shower

I helped throw a baby shower for a dear friend this last Saturday. This particular friend has been the recipient of many a homemade gift from me. I made her bridal shower gift, her wedding gift, and now a gift for her first baby. I guess she’s just lucky ;)…. to get all my experiments. This time I used another pattern from my Terry Kimbrough book and Bernat Softee Yarn again. I must admit, all the patterns in this book are simply lovely, and I’ve already picked out the next one I want to make for some lucky recipient.

You can see the first blanket I made from this book here:

https://justplainshenanigans.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/baby-blanket-makin/

Take a gander. Thoughts?

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This patterns was definitely trickier than the first I tackled, but I liked the lacy edging effect that it had.

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All wrapped up and ready to go! I never have bows or ribbon, so I use extra yarn to make pom pom bows.

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Dear A and I with the gifty. She looks great, and only has a few weeks left to go. I can’t wait to meet her little!

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Happy Tuesday Y’all!

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Works in Progress

I’m in the middle of a lot of projects….. None are close to complete. Hopefully i’ll finish all of these soon. It is more likely that i’ll finish one or two soon, and the others will get pushed aside when I get annoyed with them, only to be un-earthed in a year or two to finally be completed.  That seems to be my process.

Thought I’d share a few in the works photos.

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I started cutting out a new dress pattern. Finally making something for myself, and hopefully it will be ready for springs warmer and sunnier weather.

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This project MUST be completed in two weeks. It’s another baby afghan from a Terry Kimbrough pattern book, and it’s a gift for a baby shower I’m hosting in two weeks. I gotta get my fingers in gear and get hookin (ha)!

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This is an older project that I just pulled out of the woodworks. I forgot how much I love working with gouache paint. I was thinking this print might be fun to turn into a pattern for fabric. Thoughts?

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That’s all for now. Everything else is in various states of beginnings. If only I could stay home and craft all day. Wishful thinking. Happy Tuesday!

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January at an Instagram Glance

February has started with a bang. The Seahawks just won the Superbowl. I’m not a crazy obsessive fan. I really only watched a few games this year, but I am proud of Seattle and this city is blowing up with excitement. It’s given a much more exciting start to the month than I had in January, and will hopefully pull me out of my post holiday hibernation. January is normally a very mellow month for me. I try to spend it curled up on my couch drinking tea, and watching good movies. I did that this year, I just did it sick. 😦

 Fortunately T provided me with with zinc, food, and Ricola throat drops. I curled up with Modern Family and a friends manuscript. Let me tell you, that manuscript is in it’s early stages, but she is going places and I cannot wait until she gets a book deal.

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Lazy nights at dive bars. Mellow and excellent.
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Part of my hibernation  involved starting a new baby afghan for a friend. It’s turning out beautifully, and I can’t wait to post photos on here…. It may be awhile.IMG_2265

HUSKY BASKETBALL!

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This was my first round of homemade tortillas on my own. I feel like I can finally put them in my recipe book as something I can successfully make! Slowly building my cooking repertoire.

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Seahawks jello shots anyone…… a festive way to start any game.
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Hopefully February continues on it’s winning streak. I’m not gonna lie though, I’m ready for spring!!!

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Soft Blue Beret

This winter, I have been in dire need of a new cozy hat. Not wanting to buy one in store (all the ones I liked were way to expensive), I started scouring the internet for patterns that looked appealing. I came across this little beauty, and decided to give it a whirl.

It turned out pretty well with just a few minor adjustments. You never know with internet finds, as I have had some real doozy’s of end results on projects. This one however wasn’t a catastrophe, so I thought I’d share it with you!

I used the Lion Brand Alpine Wool yarn, and though a little scratchy, the color and ease of use make up for it.

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Gauge: 8dc*10rows = 10*10cm
I used 8.00 mm hook
At the end of each round join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beg. ch 3.

Beret:
Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Rnd 1: ch 3 (count as dc), make 11 dc in ring.(12 dc)

Rnd 2: ch 3, 2 dc in each dc.(24 dc)

Rnd 3: ch 3, 2 dc in the same joining dc,*ch 2, skip 1 ch, 3 dc in next dc*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 4: ch 3, turn, 2 dc in next ch 2 space,*ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space*, repeat from * around, ending with ch 2 and joining to first dc group.(12 dc group)

Rnd 5: repeat Rnd 4.

Rnd 6: ch 3, 1 dc in each next 2 dc,*1 dc in next ch 2 space, 3 dc in next 3 dc*, repeat from * around ending with 1 dc in last ch 2 space and joining to first dc.

Rnd 7: ch 3, 3 dc, dc2tog.,*4 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3.

Rnd 8: ch 3, 2 dc, dc2tog.,*3 dc, dc2tog.*, repeat from * around, joining to beg. ch3

Rnd 9: sc around, join with sl st to last sc

Rnd 10: sc around, join with a sl st to last sc

Rnd 11: sl st around edge to last sc

Fasten off and weave in all ends

Here she is, all fancy on Millie!

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In retrospect, I think I would make it a little bigger. I have thick thick hair and a large head, and the hat didn’t quite have the slouchy affect I wanted in the back. Alas, I still like it, and I’ll still wear it.

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Can you tell I like black?

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I took my hat out for a jaunt around Point Defiance Zoo, for the last night of Zoo Lights. It’s a fun little walk around, and perfect for a chilly winter night with a cup of coco in hand.

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I hope your all staying warm in this chilly start to the new year!

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Baby Blanket Makin’

One of my dearest friends from childhood had a lovely little girl a few months ago. A bit delayed, as I don’t think I started the project until about two weeks before her due date, but I finally completed the baby gift and sent it off. Now that they have the afghan, I thought I would post a few photos of the completed project.

I used a pattern #2 Snuggle Time, from Terry Kimbrough’s Baby Afghan book. It was my first time using a baby yarn, and I love, love, loved, the Bernat Softee baby yarn in lilac.

http://www.bernat.com/product.php?LGC=softeebaby

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I think it turned out quite nice and i’m thrilled to have another afghan under my belt.

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Any other afghan books you would suggest?

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