I made yet another personalized baby blanket. This time for some friends’ baby who is due to be birthed into this world in about a month. They will be naming her Amelia Grace.
I used Bernat Satin in Banana and Sea Shell. I used an I hook for the heart border and a J Afghan hook for the mat. I crocheted th mat using the Tunisian stitch. Otherwise, I followed the pattern from CrochetKim. I cross-stitched the name, Amelia Grace, onto the tunisian mat.
The blanket measures 35″ x 40″.
It’s nice and soft and the colors are great. It reminds me of pink lemonade. 🙂
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.
I have two friends who are expecting little bundles of joy soon so I have put down my Butterfly Garden afghan so I can whip something up for them.
Since one of them may read this (or a very close friend of hers may), I will have to keep quiet about it until I can give it to her. But I’ll put some info about it at my Ravelry site.
Yes, there are different greens. It’s the same color, but obviously a different lot. Oh, well. I’m making it for myself, and if anyone else is interested in one, I’ll make sure the skeins I pick up are from the same lot.
Then, yesterday afternoon and last night I worked on the Sweet Baby Jacket. I only worked on it a couple of hours, having to frog it because I started with the main color instead of the accent color. I really like the two colors together. It’s going to be a nice looking sweater. I hope Shelly likes it. 🙂 Better, yet, I hope her friends like it.
…and while outside, I took a photo of the top of one of our trees against a beautiful blue sky
and a photo of one of my sons, who, evidently didn’t realize I was taking his photo. THAT, in and of itself, is amazing. 🙂 Meet Kenaniah.
My friend, Shelly, asked me to make a baby sweater and hat for her friends who are having a baby in September. She wants a purple one and it to be 12-18 months. I found this awesome looking book at Michael’s, Crochet for Tots, but it was $24.95 and I really didn’t have the extra funds to purchase it. So, instead, I picked up a(nother) Bernat booklet, Precious Pieces to knit and crochet. It was only $0.99. I picked up 2 skeins of Bernat Baby Coordinates in “Lovely Lilacs” and “Soft Mauve”.
Again, my gauge is off. Crocheting clothing is challenging for me with the gauge thing. I tend to crochet tight compared to most designers. So, I made a swatch (I HATE making swatches – just let me get to the project!) with a G hook. My swatch was 3/4 inch too small. So, I’ll use an H hook.
I finished with the body portion of the sweater/jacket. I need to add the sleeves and then a border.
A dear friend of mine called me a couple of days ago. Her son is expecting their first child – my friend’s first grandbaby, a girl. This is very special, indeed. But what makes it even more special is that my friend has cancer. She has been fighting a long, hard battle with this nasty disease. We have been praying for a breakthrough for healing. She is going to be having surgery done on 1/23 and I believe it is her desire to present her son and his wife with 3 outfits for the baby before then. I was so honored that she asked me.
I went to JoAnne fabric last night and picked up 2 skeins of the Pound of Love by Lion Brand. I wanted to get some baby yarn, but my friend wants the outfits in an ecru color and I was having problems finding that locally. The Pound of Love was on sale and it seemed perfect. I was looking at the pattern books they have and decided on one by Leisure Arts called Lacy Layettes . My friend wanted the outfits to look old fashioned and able to be passed down from child to child and kept in the family as heirlooms. This book kind of called out to me so I picked it up. I was able to get the 2 skeins and book for under $20.
I was intimidated by starting this project and still am intimidated a little. I am afraid that I will not meet my friend’s high expectations. I know it’s silly. I was also unsure of my ability to make the jackets. I’ve only made one dress. Any other clothing has consisted of ponchos, shrugs, hats and scarves. But I’m working up the sacque now and am almost finished. It’s working up quite nicely. I was also unsure of the size since I’m working with worsted weight as opposed to the sport weight called for by the pattern. But, it’s pretty much on gauge. If anything, it will fit the baby at 3 months which is not bad.
My friend has also asked me to make another hat for her. So, I’ll be whipping up another hat for her, praying I get the size right. 😉