Hello there fellow crocheters!
This past week has been a whirlwind of texts between my expectant daughter and me. And I've started 3 additional projects! I must be crazy! Lol.
I found this pattern by Michele Wilcox when I was looking around for baby blankets. And, while I have seen it before, I decided it's time to start making one. But I want to make it a bit different. Personalization of gifted items is a must for me. Don't you think it's a better gift if you can make it specific to the person that's receiving it? Here's a pic of what I plan to put on the one I'm making. Notice I said "plan". This might be a bit ambitious but I do have about 7 months to get it completed.
The cat and pig are a must for this blanket. Those are my daughters' favorite animals. Her boyfriend wanted a unicorn and a dragon added to it. Hmmm .... let me think .... if there were unicorns and dragons on the ark they wouldn't be classified "mythical creatures". So the answer to that request was, "How about I make amigurumi of those two?" She's okay with that so I've added it to the to-do list. My to-do list keeps getting bigger! **starts considering preemptive carpal tunnel surgery**
My fear is that the blanket will become overloaded and start to look bad. I'm hoping to use different textured yarns for the animals and the ark. Maybe even sew some of the under water animals in a material that the baby can play with as s/he gets older. Like I said, ambitious. But I'll trudge on and see what I can come up with! I'm going to Florida to visit my mother soon, so I'll get her input on it as well. Hopefully it will be something that all the ladies in my family can work on together and make it a special treasure that will be handed down.
Here's what else I've been working on:
This is the No Beginning Chain Granny Ripple by MamasStitchery. I love it! It's fun and the start was so simple. I highly recommend trying it if you haven't already.
The beginning loop system is a great way to start. It leaves a lacy feel to the starting edge and is going to be simple to match once I finish it and put an edging on it.
This is one of the three new projects I've been working on this week. Most likely it will end up as a gift for someone in the family. It's going to be a throw blanket and something that you can use across your lap when it starts getting chilly.
This is a motif i was playing around with. It was actually supposed to be something else entirely, but the pattern I was following confused the heck out of me so I just played around and came up with this.
I was thinking about using it as a pillow to go with the throw. Especially since I used the same yarn, lol. It's really simple and I'll post the pattern for you guys at a later date.
This was the tie string from the hoodie of one of my kids and not really the 3rd project. It was just so simple I thought I'd share. It's so stretchy and comfy! What you're looking at is the backside of a regular chain stitch.
I used a size N hook and just made a chain long enough to go around my wrist. I left a 4" length at the start and at the end, tied them together and trimmed so it wasn't too long.
Quick and simple. I've been wearing this bracelet for about 3 days now. It matches everything, so, why not?
And of course the 3rd thing I've been working on is the Noah's Ark Blanket. Sketching and thinking and looking at yarns. I think it's the first time I've actually planned out a project. Usually I just follow a pattern and/or use what yarns I have on hand. Not for this one though. It has to be special. So I'm taking my time on it. Wish me luck!
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