Making Some Headway!

Oh my, has 2015 been crazy so far (crazy in life AND in crochet projects)!    After several weeks months of not working on my Crochet Challenge 2015 project, I can safely say that I am getting back on track!  Unfortunately (or fortunately), a few of my friends were getting ready to give birth, so the granny-smith blanket took a backseat to some ADORABLE baby blankets.  And, honestly, I couldn’t have been happier to get to work on those!  But now, it’s time to get back on track with the Crochet Challenge, in the hopes of catching up to where I should be currently, and then keep going throughout the year!

IMG_0493I still have a ways to go…I’m waiting on some more yarn to arrive (what started out as a stash buster quickly because a reason to buy more yarn…go figure), so there are some gaps that I need to fill in.  If I had the yarn that I needed, I figured that I am about a week away from catching up, if I did two granny squares a night.  So, approximately 14-16 squares behind.  Not impossible by any stretch of the imagination (especially because I was much further behind about a week ago), it will just take some concentration and hard work.  I should be completely caught up in two weeks time, max!  I also need to order more yarn, once I take inventory of what I have and what I need.  I am so pleased with how it’s turning out!  For awhile there, I was feeling very “meh” about the project, because I am absolutely horrible at anything “random.”  I am a pattern girl, through and through, and I really struggled with how a blanket with randomly placed colors would look.  However, now that I am further along with it, I am definitely falling in love!  I can’t wait to see the finished product and to put it on the bed!

Here’s what I have so far…ignore the gaps, I’m just waiting on my Plum color to show up in the mail!

Much love,
K.

Baby G’s Blanket, Finished!

IMG_0767Yesterday was my dear friend, M’s, baby shower for little Baby G!  This was actually the first time I have EVER finished up a baby blanket not only before the baby was born, but before the actual shower!  I’m on a ROLL!  I was really thrilled with out it came together, as I showed in previous photos, it was a pattern of single color granny squares connected together.  I backed it with cream fleece, and then crocheted a scalloped edge to finish it off.  M really liked it, so that’s what matters most!

Here’s the finished product!  So happy with it!

Much love,
K.

Blanket for Baby G!

Here is the second baby blanket that I’m working on for friends!  The color scheme is also gender neutral (apparently no one is interested in finding out the baby’s sex before the baby comes), and my friend, M, also wanted a combination of yellow, green, and taupe.  However, M really wanted pastels, and C (Baby Stormageddon’s mom) loves bright colors, so I got an assortment of yarn colors to crochet from.

I really wanted to do another granny square blanket, and decided to take some inspiration from my Crochet Challenge blanket.  I really like the look of solid color granny squares, and now that I’ve found another way to connect them, they’re probably my all-time favorite pattern!  Before, as much as I loved granny squares, they were always a giant pain to connect at the end of the blanket.  But now that I can connect as I go?  Perfection!

  So, here’s what I’ve got done so far!  The entire blanket will be 5 rows in length, 5 columns in width.  Each square is a 6″ square, so the end blanket size will be 30″ x 30″.  Plus whatever I add for a border, which will add a few more inches each way.  I’m really excited to see how it turns out!  Plus, I’ve bought some minky fabric to back it with, and I plan on crocheting another owl applique!  Who doesn’t like a little baby owl on a blanket?  Not me, that’s for sure!

What do you think?

Much love,
K.

A Blanket for Baby Stormageddon!

Cassie BlanketOne of the things I like best about crochet is the ability to make baby blankets for my friends who are expecting!  I love being able to make something small and cute for such a precious bundle of joy!  It really makes me happy to be able to give something handmade to my friends for their new child.  Of course, that also doesn’t stop me from imaging what I’ll make when J and I have a baby of our own, but all in due time, right?

With each baby blanket that I make, I try to use a new pattern and colors chosen by Mom to match the nursery or whatever colors she wants.  This blanket, I decided to go with a chevron pattern, which was something I’ve never done before.  Thankfully, the pattern was super easy and was a quick one to work up!   I got the pattern off of Fable of Five, and then little Owl pattern from Love the Blue Bird.  Both were very well explained and easy to put together, and the owl pattern I’ve used a few times now.  I can’t resist a cute little owl!

Cassie OwlOne last thing I need to do is back the blanket with some really soft minky fabric that I have.  I think that’ll make it much softer against baby’s skin, which is always important.  At that point, I’ll just attach the owl, and it’ll be ready to ship!  What do you think??

Much love!
K.

Week Eight (and Seven!): Crochet Challenge

FullSizeRenderOy, what a crazy past few weeks!  Between work travel, work commitments, work work, and just…work, I’ve been running around like a headless chicken.  I missed posting on last week’s crochet challenge (even though I actually did complete the squares), so now you get a combined post showing the progress!  I’m excited to have two full rows complete, as it really gives me an idea of how the blanket is taking shape.  It’s also now big enough for the cats to try to lay on while I’m working on it…I can tell they’re definitely pleased.

So, here it is…two full rows!  I’m so excited about this one…I can’t wait to snuggle up with it on the couch!

Much love,
K.

Because I don’t have enough projects…

I know that I missed the last Crochet Challenge last week, which was due primarily because I didn’t a) plan ahead, and b) I was in Wisconsin for business for most of last week.  But, I didn’t want to leave you all hanging, and I have been working diligently on my Crochet Challenge 2015 blanket.  But, because I totally can’t resist a good baby blanket, I have picked up two new crochet projects, baby blankets for my two dear friends who are expecting their little bundles of joy!  I’m currently working on my friend, Cassie’s, blanket.  After that wraps up, I’ll start in on Meredith’s blanket.  Luckily, both are going with a neutral color scheme, so I can use the same yarns for both.  They both picked out greens and yellows, though Cassie’s is more of a vibrant green and yellow, whereas Meredith picked pastels.

IMG_1420So, here’s what I’ve got so far for Baby Stormageddon (nickname, of course)!  I love a good chevron pattern, don’t you?  It’s only a few days worth of work (this pattern works up very quickly!), so I hope to have it finished before the baby shower in April.  If I can, I’d like to finish it by mid-March, so that I can work on Meredith’s blanket before her shower in May.  It’s a busy time out there, and my fingers need to get working!

Much love,
K.

Week Six: Crochet Challenge

Week Six CrochetWeek six is done and dusted!  I really like how the blanket is taking shape, and I think it’s going to be a good addition to the couch once it’s finished!  Unfortunately, I’m a little iffy on how all the colors are coming out, but it’s being used for a cuddle blanket, so if it isn’t perfect, that’s ok.  And, at the end of it all, if I decide I don’t like it, I can always donate it somewhere too!

I’ve now got 14 squares done, and will probably work ahead again this coming week.  I have 4 more squares to do before the second row is done, and I think that will help me visualize where the blanket is going a bit better.  I’m pretty sure I’m done with adding new colors, now it’s just a matter of mixing them up!  Overall, I’m pretty happy with it!

Much love,
K.