Category Archives: Crochet

Bittersweet Baby Blanket

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I started this baby blanket back in July during a mid-summer cold spell. The chilliness of the air inspired me to pick up a crochet hook – something I hadn’t done in over a year. I searched on ravelry for the easiest crocheted baby blanket I could find. I found the Marble Baby Throw, and given it’s easy rating, decided to start it on a whim, without checking to see if I had enough yarn to finish it.

When I started, I thought it wouldn’t be good enough to keep, so the thought of running out of yarn didn’t really cross my mind. I was surprised to find that as I progressed, it was looking okay. With a few trips to the store, and help from my crafty and kind sister-in-law, I was able to find a second skein of each colour.

I finished the edge with a simple border.

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Finishing this blanket is a bittersweet moment for me. I’m happy to have finished my first crochet project, but more than that, I am so sad that I won’t be able to share this with my grandma, who passed away this summer. My grandma was very talented. She knit, crocheted, did needle point, among other things. My sisters and I have been blessed to inherit her crafting materials so that we can forever create with our grandma close to us.

When I started this blanket, my grandma was still with us, and I made the conscious decision to not tell her about it – I wanted to surprise her with it once I’d finished. She left us quickly and unexpectedly, and I never did get that chance. I hope that she is able to look down and see how she has inspired me with her talent.

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I started this blanket on a whim, and that means that it doesn’t have a destination. When my grandma passed, I decided that I would keep it, at least until I find the perfect place that it was meant to be.

 

 

 

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Learning something new!

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Wow! We’ve been very busy. Eric is in the middle of his paternity leave, and we’ve been enjoying our staycation. We’ve planted our vegetable and herb gardens, built a fence, put together a steal of a swing set I found on kijiji, built a patio…. and now we’re moving onto our flower gardens. And, when I say we, I mean, Eric did most of it (his friend Jay helped for a few days, and I gave a hand when Maddy was sleeping). For the most part, Eric worked while Maddy supervised 😉

In that time we’ve also managed to relax, hit up a carnival, enjoy a girl’s spa/shopping day (thanks, Ange!), and enjoy a baby pool/BBQ evening with some friends.

Evan & Maddy enjoying the hot weather

We’re pretty sure this is our longest vacation EVER. We can thank Maddy for waking every day between 4:30-5:30am for giving us this long vacation – silver linings.

I haven’t been doing much sewing or knitting as I’ve been focusing on spending time with Eric – I just love having him home. But, every once in a while I have been practicing something new. When I learned to knit, I always knew I wanted to eventually try crocheting, but I kept knitting since I knew how to do it. When I made these pants I was forced to learn a basic crochet stitch. So since then…

I’ve learned a couple other stitches! Lots of mistakes in that pile, but I’m getting there.

Kanoko Pants

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I’ve talked a bit about Maddy’s tactile defensiveness here. One of the ways in which we are trying to address this issue, is to expose her to clothing around her waist that she can tolerate for short bursts of time (whether that be 15 minutes or a couple of hours). As soon as she starts showing signs that she is irritated, they are taken off immediately.

We’ve bought a couple of pairs of leggings a size too big so they are not tight at all (as these are less irritating to her). I have had in my head that come fall, I will sew her a couple of pairs making the waist a perfect fit for her. But, last week, I came across the most adorable pair of knitted pants on pinterest (who doesn’t love pinterest??!).

You can find the pattern here.

I was so excited that I decided to make them… and I became obsessed with finishing them, staying up much past my bedtime several nights in a row. I used Red Heart Soft Touch yarn so hopefully it won’t bother Maddy’s legs.

These are by far the most complex thing I’ve knitted (although, they’re really not that difficult). I made the 18-24 month size so Maddy could wear them next fall/winter. As you can see, they already fit. Not sure if they’ll last – but if they don’t, I can just make her another pair.

I just think these are the sweetest pants!

They look cute, and Maddy can still motor around in them.

I learned a new skill too – the pants have a drawstring around the waist, so I had to learn how to do a chain stitch (the first crochet stitch I’ve learned).

If you’d like to learn how to do a chain stitch, here’s where I learned:

These will be great for Maddy as the drawstring waist will allow us to keep them loose on her. So happy with how these turned out!