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Supernatural ~ Blanket

A little over a month ago, some time towards the end of July, beginning of August, I started thinking about making a blanket for our bed. I had been making some personalized baby blankets for friends following a pattern designed by someone else. I wanted to make something that was all mine.

I had in mind a patchwork quilt-type blanket out of granny squares and solid portions. While making up squares for my blanket, I kept seeing colors from a pair of booties I had made and decided I’d put my blanket aside and work on another to sell on Etsy. I wanted more than just the two colors of black and purple, though, so I went searching through my stash for a third color. I found a green that made for an interesting addition to the colors, mapped out a pattern and got started.

Many times while making this blanket, I questioned the combination of colors I chose. I’m pretty conservative, not one to put wild colors together. I know these probably don’t seem too wild, but for me, this combination was. But upon seeing the finished product, I was really happy with it.

I named this “Supernatural” because as I was making this, the colors reminded me of “The Hulk” and also “The Count” on Sesame Street. My mind was also drawn to comic books whenever I was making it, so, what better name than “Supernatural”? 🙂

On future blankets, I’m going to see about cross-stitching words and images on the solid shapes. I’m excited to see what else I can come up with. 🙂

Supernatural

Etsy Listing

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Items for sale on Etsy

I have placed 10 items for sale on Etsy.

There are 6 pairs of baby booties, a framed piece of art, and three lovely afghans.

For sale on Etsy

Jireh’s set

I whipped up another Personalized blanket and booties for a friend’s baby-to-be.

They will be naming her Jireh.

I used Caron Simply Soft in Plum Wine and Raspberry.

Booties

Naomi’s Sunshiny Day

Naomi's set

Blanket made using Kim Guzman’s pattern, Personalized Baby Afghan. I used Caron Simply Soft and an I hook. The blanket measures approximately 31″ x 33.5″.

Booties were made with leftover yarn for the upper parts of the booties and Red Heart Soft for the soles. I used 11 mm buttons. The pattern was designed by Sylvia Schuchardt from Sylver Designs.

Sydney Victoria’s Australian Dream

I finally finished the blanket I made for my friends’ baby who is due the beginning of March.

Matt & Eileen went to Australian on their honeymoon. They loved it there and when they got pregnant and found out they were having a girl, they named her Sydney Victoria.

I already had a design in my head of a blanket I wanted to make for them. I would take the pattern from the Butterfly Garden afghan and then cross stitch her name in the center. I had also wanted to see if I could get a sketch of the Sydney Opera House in there.

I had some colors picked out in my head and those were confirmed when Eileen showed me a picture of the bedding they wanted to get for Sydney’s room. The opera house was confirmed when they told me that they had a view of the opera house everyday from their hotel room.

I used Caron Simply Soft in Raspberry and Off-White. I used Bernat Satin in a dark, forest green and white. I used a J Afghan hook to crochet the blanket.

I found a neat sketch of the Opera House that I graphed using knitpro.

The blanket was finally finished on Saturday, Jan 31 and I took it over to their house. They seemed very pleased with it and when we took it up to her room, we saw it was a great match to the paint.

The blanket measures 44″ x 57″.

Sydney Victoria’s Australian Dream

Sydney’s blanket is finished. Mostly. I have the ends to weave in and that’s it.

The tough part, or the part that will require some thought, is the charting out of the design I want on the blanket. I have a basic design that I’m 100% certain on. I would like to add a few other details and seeing as I have a little over a month until her arrival, I think I’ll work on that a bit. I’m hoping the cross-stitch portion won’t take me as long as the blanket portion took.

I’m loving this blanket. I can’t wait to post pictures. This is a blanket she’ll be able to hold on to all the way through adult, in my opinion.

W.I.P.s and Finished project

I finished my friends’ blanket for their baby yesterday. I’m pleased with it. I hope they are, too. 🙂

I am working on finishing the Butterfly Garden Afghan, making up some hats for the kids and getting ideas for another baby blanket with a Sydney Australian look.

The Butterfly Garden Afghan made some progress last night, I am down to working only one skein of yarn on the blanket. The colors are finished and I only have about 2-3 inches left of the blanket to crochet. Then comes the cross-stitching of the butterflies.

I’ll see about getting photos of the afghan and hats sometime today.

Butterfly Garden Afghan – Day 13

I have completed 1/2 of the tunisian canvas portion of the afghan. My hand is really cramping up. I have a 10″ afghan hook an am trying to keep up to 180 stitches on it.

I did order a 14″ afghan hook today and a 22″ flexible afghan hook. However, it’s shipping from Herrschners, so I’m not holding my breath that they will get here by the time I finish this blanket. But at least I’ll have them for when I work on the next one.

Crappy pictures, but you get the idea. I’m tired of trying to figure this camera out.

Butterfly Garden – day 5

This is the progress I’ve made on the blanket.  This blanket is great because of the color changes and the alternating stitches.  Keeps my mind busy.  The border is a light green and yellow.  The yellow is difficult to see in the photos, but you can see it in “real life”.

It can get quite messy, but the process is fun and worth it.  🙂

Butterfly Garden update

I am really liking the way this stitch is coming out.  It’s called an SAS (smocked afghan stitch) and alternates between the basic and the purl afghan stitches.  It’s a lovely pattern.  One or two more rows before I add a change of color into the mix, adding the background to cross-stitch the picture onto.