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Zebra Ombre 1

Well Christmas is over… doesn’t it seem to come and go so fast?  You plan and plan, shop and bake and then.. poof… it’s over.  I feel a little bit of a relief and a little sadness.

In all the planning and business of the season, I was able to get all blankets got done in time…. barley!  Five blankets made since October!  Whew!  All gifts were given and I think everyone was happy with them.  Here are the last two I made, continuing on with the ombre theme.  The nice thing about these is that they work up pretty fast, the bad thing is that they take a lot of yarn!

For our youngest niece (6 years old)… my thought was girlie.  What little girl doesn’t like zebra print with a touch of hot pink?  Love how it turned out!

Zebra Ombre 2

And what do you think about the flower?  I was so proud of it, I kept showing it to anyone who would indulge me.  It came out so much better than I had hoped.  I think it really added a little something to the blanket.  Carol Ballard, of Cobbler’s Cabin, shared so many wonderful flower patterns on her blog, this one was my favorite!  (https://cobblerscabin.wordpress.com/happy-hookin/a-flower-a-day-chrysanthemum/)

Purple-TCU Ombre 2For our 10 year old niece I made a TCU themed blanket.  That’s where her dad went to school and so far where she says she wants to go.  Purple and white, of course, with a touch of grey.

 

 

 

 

Purple-TCU Ombre 1Purple-TCU Ombre 3

 

I took a little break from crocheting when I finished this one, turned out to be a very little break, by January 12th I was itching to start something new.  I found a very pretty stitch that looks like a shell and thought I might actually make something for myself.   I’m actually working on something else as well, a sort of experiment.  Hopefully it will turn out they way it is in my head, if so I’ll be sure to share.

Happy New Year!  And Happy Crocheting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crochet, Crochet, and then Crochet Some More!

20141107_065503I have such a hard time focusing on one thing.  I get these ideas of something to make or do in my head and it’s so hard for me not to jump from my current project to the next new idea.  It drives my husband crazy when we’re working on one project and I’m talking about the next one.  I try to be strategic when I bring up my plans or ideas to him, but sometimes I just get excited and have to share.

That was how it was when I was crocheting my most recent blanket.  I decided to make a few blankets for family members for Christmas, and as I was working on one I got an idea for the next one.  I couldn’t resist, I just had to see how the new one would work and I had to start it.  I went back and forth between two, I kept telling myself to finish the first one before committing to the next, but I just couldn’t do it.  I finished blanket number 2 and even started the next while still trying to wrap up the first.  I’m so happy to actually have all three of them done within a week or so of each other!  And I can cross a few items of my Christmas list… I love that!  Rose-35 Granny Squares

The first blanket is a gift for my husband’s 91 year old grandmother.  I’ve had this pattern for years, it’s one of those pattern books that just has the pattern for this blanket.  I’ve looked at it so often, dreaming of the day I would make it (for me it would have been in green) but I never took the plunge.  I think I was a little intimidated, truth be told.  But it turned out this was  perfect for me!  I easily get bored once I conquer a new challenge, this blanket is made up of 35 different squares, so it was a new challenge every time I started a new square.  There were a couple of squares that I struggeled with, I o skip, I just couldn’t quite figure the pattern out, but I was so proud of myself that I eventually was able to go back to them and figure it out.  The colors I choose are rose and linen and I think it turned out really pretty, I can’t wait for my husband’s grandmother to open it on Christmas!

Rose-35 Granny Squares 2

The next blanket is for my step-mother.  She has a lot of orange in her house, so of course I decided I had to use orange yarn.  I loved the idea of an ombre blanket and saw several pictures of bulky blankets using multiple strands of yarn at onceOrange-grey ombre.  Combining all these ideas and this is what I came up with.  Two different colors of orange and two greys, that gradually blend into each other.  I used a combination of sc or dc stiches, not absolute patter as I went, it is mostly sc, but I would do a row of double here and there to change things up (remember I get bored easily).  I think it will go really nicely in her house.

Orange-grey ombre 2

Orange-grey ombre 3

For my dad I decided to use his college colors.  Navy Blue and Gold for Kent State.  I used three different shades of blue (navy included) and blended them into gold.  I love the idea of making these in sport team colors, I think TCU colors may be next (purple and white, with a touch of grey).  Oh the possibilities.  Or do I move on to one of my woodworking ideas?  There just isn’t enough time in the day!

Blue-gold ombre 2

Blue-gold ombre

Blue-gold Kent state

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Flower Blanket

Flower Blanket

My newest crocheted blanket!

 

Several months ago I came across this gorgeous blanket!  I fell in love with the colors and had to make one.  I tried to find the pattern for this exact blanket, but never found it.  One of my favorite things about it is that the flower is much more prominent then the border around the flower.  Mine didn’t flowers in the snowturn out exactly like that, the border is a little thicker, but I was ultimately happy with the results.

The pattern I ended up using was found here:  http://solgrim.blogspot.no/2013/04/flowers-in-snow-pattern-in-english.html.  For the first two rounds of each flower I doubled my yarn using the colored yarn and a lighter weight yarn in cream.  I thought it gave the flower a little more interest.  I did the same thing for the border, using the lighter weight cream and a light weight gold.

It’s funny, even now, months after I finished the blanket, I can see what I probably should have done differently when I connected squares, it probably would have made the borders smaller.  Maybe instead of doing 3 dc in the spaces between the corners I could have done (1 sc, 1 hc, 1 sc) and 2 dc in the corners instead of tc.  Oh well, if I ever make another one I’ll try it.  I still feel like a newbie when it comes to crocheting, so I’m not totally comfortable figuring things out on my own without a pattern.  Getting better at it, but I still have a long way to go.

The blanket was given to my mother-in-law for her birthday.  Flower Blanket 2 Flower Blanket 3

I took several months off from crocheting after this one, but I’m now working on two others.  Christmas is coming and I have several I would like to make for presents.  One, that I can’t wait to share, has really helped me grow in my confidence.  It’s 35 different squares.  It’s been lots of fun to make, a little challenge and feeling of accomplishment with each square.

 

 

 

 

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Crocheted Zebra Blanket

Zebra Print  Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I picked up a crochet hook!  My husband and I went on a road trip over the holidays and I started itching to get back at it, what a perfect thing to do while sitting in the car for hours at a time.  I was very disappointed that I ended up not taking anything with me, so when we got home I was ready.  And I found the perfect excuse, my nieces’ birthday in January!  She loves zebra print, so after finding an adorable zebra print pattern online, off I went to Hobby Lobby to buy black and white yarn, and a little pink for the border.  I love how it turned out!  And I’m actually pretty proud of myself, this is the first blanket I’ve ever done that didn’t consist of making lots of little circles or squares and putting them together.  Crocheting long rows is different, and it was fun watching it grow. Zebra Print Blanket - close-up

I really have to thank Lorene from Cre8tion Crochet for sharing her pattern.  It was one of the cutest zebra patterns I found and it was fun to make!(http://www.cre8tioncrochet.com/2012/12/zebra-newborn-blanket/)
I changed up the edging a bit from Lorene’s pattern, made it a little ruffley, and I wanted to add the little flower she had on hers, but I ran out of pink and out of time to get it in the mail to the birthday girl.  I would make this one again, maybe pink and white with a black border would be cute… maybe one day!

I’ve got the bug again and I’m ready to move on to the next one.  Can’t wait to see what it will turn out to be!

Zebra Print 2

Zebra Print 3

 

 

 

 

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Cirlces in Squares Blanket

I did it!  It wasn’t just a fluke, I finished blanket number 2!  When I saw a picture of this blanket on Debi Y’s blog I fell in love.  I just loved the colors and thought it would be the perfect blanket to keep at my house for when my grandson visited.

I only had to re-do two blocks this time, so maybe that means I’m getting a little better at this.  I have my third blanket well under way, and this one is a creation of my own.  Crazy I know, but I’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.  This will be my first non-baby blanket!

Thanks again to Debi for sharing her pattern!

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Crocheted Lego Blanket

In my typical fashion of getting an idea in my head and deciding that “I can do that!”, several years ago I decided to teach myself how to crochet.  I bought a few books, made a few pot holders, attempted other projects, but I don’t think I actually ever finished anything bigger than a pot holder.  I would pick it up every couple of years, play a little and then move on to something else. 

So doesn’t it make perfect sense that years later, when I find out I’m going to be a grandmother for the first time, that I decide I have to crochet a blanket for my new grandbaby?  I raised two boys, so legos were a big deal in our house, so when I came across a picture of a crocheted lego blanket on Pintest I just knew I had to make it for my grandson. 

Off I went to find my craftbox full of crochet hooks and unused yarn.  A quick glance at my old books to remember how to do the stitches and I was ready to go!  I decided that once I figured it out and could make one block I was set, all I had to do was make 99 more – serioulsy 99 more!  What was I thinking?!  There were times I thought I would never finish making those little lego blocks.  I ended up making way more than 100 blocks, when one block wasn’t quite the size as all the other I would do it over.  When I joined the first two rows together I figured out I could do it better so I had to remake the first row of blocks.   The baby shower had seemed so far away, but soon I was in major countdown mode!  I crocheted everywhere, and in all my spare time, as my husband would be happy to attest to! 

I thought I was so clever by organizing each row in ziplock baggies with the row number written on the outside and the order they were to be added, so the finished blanket would have a nice consistent pattern. Of course it wasn’t until I was about halfway through joining the blocks together that I discovered I got off my pattern!  Oh well, I think I like the new pattern better anyway!

I finished the blanket three days before the baby shower!  I look forward to my sweet little grandson sitting in the middle of the blanket playing.  I’m now working on two more blankets, and have the next project in mind when these are done. 

Thanks to Andrea Baker for sharing this cute pattern and sparking my passion for crochet!

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