Ok, so this post is waaay overdue. The photos were taken in March, and the gifts were given at the beginning of April. I wanted to wait until I gave the gifts to blog it, and then we moved. And then life happened. Anyway, so onto the blankets!
First up is the blanket I made for baby Julian. I used a cotton/acrylic blend in blue that I had in my stash (Cotton Ease in case you were wondering). The pattern was the Swaddling Baby Blanket from the March/April 2010 issue of Crochet Today. The Edging was supposed to be done with a nifty new pom-pom yarn, but I decided to try it out in a more subtle boucle yarn that I had in my stash already.
Overall, I really like the end result of this one. I love the stitch pattern of the main part of the blanket! I could easily see doing this same pattern and switching out different novelty yarns for the edging to get different effects.
Next up is the blanket I made for Chris and Sheila’s little one. I again used Cotton Ease that I already had in my stash. This pattern was the Single Skein Blankie from the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Crochet Today.
I also loved the stitch pattern of this blanket too. It also was a very quick project, which is always a plus in my book. Very pleased with this one as well!
For Sophie’s birthday party, I decided to make a Dum Dum topiary. I got the idea from this post on dollarstorecrafts.com. I thought it’d be neat to sprinkle some Tootsie Roll Pops in there because I like those. 🙂 Here’s what it looked like:
A few things about this craft. For one, when I looked back at the post that inspired this idea, I clearly got too big of a Styrofoam ball to make it. I tried to get a ball that was proportional to my container. This means that I ran out of candy when making it! Also, once I sent Rick to the store to get more candy, I still ran out! So the topiary had a bald spot, seen here:
So yeah, it used way more candy than I thought it would. I just tried to turn it so that you didn’t see its bald spot. Mistake #2 was that I tried to outsmart myself. I didn’t want to get a dowel because I’d have to cut it to size and also the dowels are unfinished. Instead, I bought a pack of plain colored pencils in the dollar section of Michaels. Well, the pencils really weren’t long enough, or thick enough. So I taped two together with an overlap a little bit. This was an ok fix. It probably would have been better if I’d added a third or fourth one, but it worked.
Mistake #3 was that the cute little Pooh container that matched Sophie’s high chair decorations for the party was not heavy enough. I needed to at least put something heavy in the bottom to counterweight that heavy ball of candy on top. So the topiary was a little bit tipsy. But again, it worked well enough.
In spite of these mistakes, I think it turned out really cute and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again! Just next time I can learn from my mistakes and make it better. And maybe now someone else can learn from these mistakes too.
This post is mostly a photo-catchup post. Earlier this month, our group had a baby shower for the Kenny’s who are expecting a baby girl early April. I decided about a week before the shower to crochet a baby blanket. It was kind of a challenge to myself to see if I could throw something together that quickly, as lately I’ve been taking my sweet time on projects. I chose a granny square pattern out of one of my magazines (#21 Small Granny in the Winter 2009/2010 Knit Simple). I picked out some bright yarn out of my stash, and set to work! I did my own joining and border, rather than following what the pattern did. And the results were fantastic, if I do say so myself! I loved this blanket!
As did Phoebe, who grabbed a portion of it while I was piecing it together and started toting it around.
Thankfully, the blanket was well received at the shower as well, and amazingly I finished in time to wash it and give it on time!
We also did a photoshoot of the girls in their new St. Patrick’s Day dresses that their grandma made them. There are a whole bunch of these in the album, but here’s one to show off how cute they were.
And recently, we fed Sophie Spaghetti for the first time and she loved it! Lots of pictures in the album of her eating it, but here you can see how well she liked it after she was done:
And the same night, what Phoebe responded with when told to give a “big smile.”
There are a lot of changes going on in our house at the moment. In a week we move to a new house, which is way exciting and taking up an incredible amount of time and energy right now in our family. Soon Sophie will be a year old! Which means she’s eating more table food, less baby food (though we haven’t eliminated this completely yet), and in another day or so we’ll be switching her to whole milk and soon getting rid of her bottles! And once we get settled into our new house, I hope to start really focusing on Phoebe’s potty training. So we’ve got a whole lot going on, but I really hope to get back to regular posting once we get settled into the new house. *crosses fingers*
So for Christmas I crocheted the kids an Argyle Snake. I worked on this for months at craft night. It wouldn’t have taken me so long, except I only worked on it at craft night, so once/week at the most. Anyway, this was a fun project. It was also a bit of a stashbuster. I didn’t buy any new yarn to make him. That’s why he is blue and not green. The pattern came from the May/June 2009 issue of Crochet Today! magazine. For the eyes, I embroidered them rather than attaching safety eyes.
Here you can see the snake in the floor on Christmas morning:
Here are a few more photos, one with Molly to try to give a size reference:
I didn’t get a photo, but we compared him to Rick and he’s taller than Rick! So he’s a pretty big snake. He’s also been well received, as he now lives in Phoebe’s bed. Along with about 1000 other of her favorite toys and books. I’m amazed that there is any room in her bed at all for herself considering all of the stuff she drags into it every night. But anyway, loved making this project and Phoebe seems to love having it. So a crafty win!
After months (at least felt like it) of knitting on Sophie’s Blanket, I decided I needed to crochet for a bit again. First I took leftovers from the blanket and made a sweater for Phoebe. It didn’t really work for using leftovers, since I ran out of charcoal colored yarn and had to go buy another skein just to finish the sleeves of this sweater. I finished this sweater earlier this month. I questioned whether it would actually fit Phoebe, and the weather was already turning nice anyway. Well, it barely fits her, and it did cool off enough for her to wear it to school one day. I made sure to snap some pictures as evidence. It turned out quite cute. Maybe it will fit ok on Sophie next winter.
Just the sweater:
On Phoebe (she was still pretty sleepy when this photo was taken):
After that, I decided to crochet a rattle for Sophie. The pattern called for a ring rattle that you crochet a case for, then you attach the crocheted bunny head to the ring. Instead of doing that, I crocheted a tube and stuffed it with polyfill and put a bell in the bunny’s head. When I was almost finished with the first one, Phoebe found the unattached bunny head and claimed it for herself. She picked it up and started saying “mine, mine, mine..” So I decided to let her have the first one and I crocheted a second one for Sophie. Overall I think this pattern turned out really cute. My only complaint is that the head is a bit floppy. The first one I made was very floppy, so I tried to stuff the second one a bit more. It is still a bit floppy, but not as bad as the first. I’m not sure what I can do to reinforce it, especially as I don’t want to take either one back apart to do so. Maybe they’ll just be floppy toys. Phoebe has already claimed her bunny. I’m going to save Sophie’s for her Easter basket on the off chance that she gets here before Easter.
Both of these patterns came from the July/August 2007 edition of Crochet Today.