Baby Blankets

blanketWhen we lived overseas, I would often times run out of things to do in order to pass the time.   We traveled quite a bit (we were there 3.5 years), but during the week, after work, I needed hobbies.  So, I decided to teach myself to crochet.  I had learned a long time ago, when I was in elementary school, but I had forgotten pretty much all of it except how to make a chain, so I needed to relearn from scratch.  Luckily, all things can be taught via YouTube, so it wasn’t too bad!

With my newly acquired skills, I decided that I wanted to make my pregnant friends  a baby blanket for a present.  I liked to crochet, and I wanted my friends to have something handmade to give to their children.  While overseas, I made 3-4 blankets for friends, and after repatriating back to the US, I made several more.  But, I’d never made any for myself (and after three years of infertility, I was worried I never would).  However, now that we’re officially “on the shelf” with our adoption profile, I decided I could go ahead and make a blanket for our baby, whenever that baby decides to show up!  Last night, I finished it up, so it’s ready go to!  I plan on backing it with soft jersey knit material (or flannel), in a boy/girl specific color once we have the baby home, but for now, it’s as complete as it can get.  I’m completely in love with it, and can’t wait to wrap our baby up in it!

Much love,
K.

Crochet Blanket, finally finished!

blanketOy, have I been remiss in posting.  Many of you probably remember that I was doing a Crochet Challenge in 2015.  The idea was to do two granny squares a week, and then piece together as I go, and the finished product would be a queen size afghan to go on our spare bedroom bed.  Well, much like most things in life, it didn’t exactly go to plan.  I took a few months off during the summer last year, and then slacked every now and then.  But, last month, I finished it up and added the border!   It’s very colorful and it turned out a little smaller than I anticipated, but I’m still really happy with how it looks.  It’ll be perfect for a twin size bed, when we have a little one!  So, here it is!  Ready to go on the bed! (the cats seem to love it too)

Much love,
K.

 

 

 

Infinity Scarf

As I was going through my older posts, I realized that my slacker ways conspired to ruin me.  In a post from September, where I was gushing over some fabulous yarn, I promised you all an update on the infinity scarf that I crocheted with the yarn.  And then…*poof* I scampered off and left you all hanging.  My mistake.

scarfI did finish the scarf…and it is glorious.  I wear it nearly every day, and it’s part of my winter style.  I used a simple Tunisian crochet stitch, and just made a super long scarf, then stitched the two ends together so that I could wrap it around my neck.  I’m seriously considering making a few more of these, in different colors, because I love wearing them all winter long…so soft and cozy!

Please forgive my cheesy grin and bad lighting.  Again, another iPhone photo, and one that I was snapping to send a friend for a quick “do you want one of these” question…so it’s not exactly Vogue.  Oh well…you get the idea.

Much love,
K.

Potholders…Crochet Old-School

 

While on a quest for new and fun things to crochet, a dear friend of mine decided to up and move cross country for her husband’s work.  While looking at housing in a small Connecticut town, she came across a gorgeous, vintage, 1950s house…complete with a pink kitchen.  You heard read me correctly…First Lady PINK (thank you Mamie Eisenhower)!!!

potholderOf course, what goes best with First Lady pink kitchens?  That’s right…vintage potholders.  And, of course, they must be done in pastel colors!  So, I raced off to Pinterest and Ravelry to find a few patterns (and ended creating a whole board full of patterns to look through in the future), and finally settled on an adorable flower potholder pattern.

I’ve put together a few of these now, but here’s the finished product of one.  It’s double sided, so extra thick, and incredibly heat resistant if you use natural fiber yarns (like cotton).  They work up really quickly, and the pattern was very easy to read.  I used the pattern from Ruby Red Eclectic’s blog, and it turned out exactly as described!

Feel free to post photos of your own if you’ve made some awesome potholders…I’m always looking for new ideas!

Much love,
K.

Well well, what do we have here?

yarnWell well…what do we have here?  It’s a post! (Which, in and of itself isn’t all that exciting.  But, the fact is, I’ve been sorely neglectful in my blogging as of late and so it’s quite the feat!)

So…what’s going on!  Well, I’ve been busy with several crochet projects, but of course I started another last night (this makes a total of 3 going on at the moment).  Nothing like having choices for things to work on!  As I was embracing the fall weather this weekend, I realized it was coming up on scarf weather!  And, if you know me, you know that there’s nothing I like better than a warm and cozy scarf during the cool fall/cold winter months.  So, I thought that I’d finally make something for myself (as of yet, the only crochet project I’ve made for myself is the Crochet Challenge 2015 afghan, which is still a WIP.

So, with that, I decided that I wanted a new infinity scarf to wear for the winter, and was all set to order some new yarn (because, really, who doesn’t need more yarn), but then decided to take a look at my stash, just in case. And what before my wondering eyes should appear, but some GORGEOUS yarn that I had purchased on a close-out sale a few months back at our local yarn store!  It was totally one of those impulse buys…the ones where you sit there and justify it to yourself.  “I don’t really have a project to use it on NOW,” you say to yourself, “but there’s totally something I can make with it later…and it’s SUCH a good deal!”  And then your husband finds out and pitches a fit because you already have 235,390,100 skeins of yarn, and really, “DID YOU NEED TWO MORE?!”

(Yes, dear.  Yes I did.  Thanks for asking.)

But I digress.  So here I was…sitting in my house, glancing through my yarn stash when I come across my two new skeins of GLORIOUSNESS.   They’re perfection, seriously.  It was as though the heavens opened up and angels started singing.  No really…angels.  Singing.  Trust me on this.

The yarn I decided to go with is from Blue Sky Alpacas.  The color is a lovely muted purple called Thistle, and it is the perfect fall/winter color!  Plus, the yarn….just…I can’t even.  If I used the word “sumptuous” to describe it, that wouldn’t be enough.  The yarn feels like heaven to work with, and is so soft and cozy.  It’s a pricier yarn than I normally use, but hey…we all deserve a splurge every now and then!

So…I’m about halfway finished on the scarf, and will be sure to post finished photos when it’s complete.  For now, I’ll tempt you all with the yarn before I started working with it, and encourage you all to give this yarn a try.  Seriously, you won’t regret it!

Much love,
K.

Crochet Update!

blanketI’m happy to say that my crochet challenge blanket is up to date and back on track!  It took me awhile to get it going again, but with each square I crochet, I fall in love with it a little bit more!

I’m currently at a standstill, however, because I realized that I didn’t order the right green color to use, so I had to go hunt that down last evening.  The green should ship shortly, and once I get my greedy little hands on it, I can kick off a new row.  It’s over halfway finished by this point, so only 5-6 more rows to go.  I’m honestly so excited to see the finished product on my bed (even if I have to fight the cats over it).  Last night, I put the blanket down on the ground to take a photo, and the cats jumped right on it!  Hana is the one in the photo, staring at me while claiming ownership.  I have a feeling I’ll never get all the cat hair out of it.  Oh well…

Much love,
K.