A while ago, I scored some free green and lavender cotton yarn (among other yarns/notions/goodies) from my neighborhood Buy Nothing group, and it was *perfect* for the baby blanket I wanted to make for my niece’s new baby boy.
Thanks to many PDs and other Zoom meetings, I was able to crochet it up pretty quickly.
I made a point of only using each yarn once for each square, because man, that would have been too many ends to weave in. It was a lot of ends anyway, so I was fastidious about weaving them in as I went so I wouldn’t be overwhelmed at the end.
I did a very silly thing with this project. I was very keen to drop off the leftover yarns (because there were some full balls and I didn’t want to use them again) at a little free yarn library. Too keen. I dropped them off too soon, forgetting that I still had the border to do! 😆 So I did a simple applied I-cord, and guess what? I won the yarn 🐓 chicken game!
My niece was happy with the blanket, hats, and other things we added to the package once I finally got them sent off to her in Wisconsin.🤗
I’m pleased with this project, but I think the next time I crochet a blanket, it will be a chevron or other stripey pattern. I don’t love putting the squares together. On the other hand, it’s a great project for meetings or other times when your hands want to be busy while your brain has to pay attention to something else.
Last spring I crocheted a Baby Yoda and his space pod for my nephew. I really wanted a Baby Yoda for myself, and over the past week I finally made time to make it!
This time I decided to also make his soup bowl. The buttons on the pod are a little off-center so maybe I’ll add one more to even it out.
The second everything was done, I took him outside (twice) to get some nice shots of him in nature.
This pattern is by Ami Amour on Ravelry. I love it because it’s free, very clear and detailed, and she has step by step videos for the entire pattern. This was super helpful for me, because my first attempt at the ear turned out crazy. But when I crocheted along to the video, it came out great.
I feel like a kid with a new toy, you know? When it’s brand new and they want it with them at all times. I want Baby Yoda to accompany me all around the house. 😆
I don’t know about you, but my motivation and creativity haven’t been gray these past few months. Craft-wise, I’ve only really felt like working on my granny square blanket. The focus on only one project has paid off, because I have all the squares crocheted together!
I’m pleased with it, but I could have taken more time to arrange the squares to even out the colors a bit, and I wish I’d had some brighter greens to use.
Last night I started the border, and it really ties it together nicely!
Aside from this mega project, I keep myself busy in the garden and in the kitchen. I’ve canned pickles, jam, and relish so far. In the garden, my cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, and flowers are flourishing. Peppers and eggplants are also looking good!
The kids and I have also been exploring outdoor swimming options around Portland- we’ve found some really fantastic places where we can distance ourselves from others and have a great time.
This Friday I’ll be volunteering for a bit at the Mother Bear Project booth at Stitches West, so I thought this year I’d like to wear a bear hat. I found an easy pattern using bulky yarn (I used some handspun doubled), and managed to make the entire hat yesterday.
I spun this yarn from Rambouillet roving that I bought at a (more or less) local farm, so it’s very rustic- lots and lots of vegetable matter. Doubled, it was perfect for this project although it’s kind of stiff and my carpal tunnel is flaring up as a result of the stiff yarn combined with crochet. I’ll have to take it easy for a bit.
All in all, it was a good weekend for bears! I hope you had a good one!
Well, I’ve figured out my problem with uploading photos to WordPress. I simply used up all my data! Luckily that’s an easy fix. What isn’t an easy fix, however, is that when I try to upload new media here, and open up my Photos file on my iMac, photos taken since mid-December aren’t showing up. I can’t figure it out. Ugh.
Anyway, here’s a bit of what I did this weekend:
I’ve been working on spinning 138 grams of ??? fiber, which was dyed by a friend and brought to our 2015 stash exchange. It’s turning out thin and lovely.
There was a photo shoot of the owl hat I crocheted for the boy’s preschool’s fundraising auction, which is coming up soon. I’m also crocheting away at a cute dinosaur hat to contribute as well.
There was lots of outdoor time as well, of course– lots of playground time and tree climbing. The weather this weekend was really warm and sunny, so we had to be outside. I kind of miss the rain, though.
Lately I haven’t posted that much about crafty pursuits, because of all the fun vacation things we’ve been doing, so here’s a wee update:
My Wonderland Dyeworks socks are coming along fine. They’re just plain vanilla socks, and they can’t quite decide whether to stripe or pool.
Also, I did some excavating/organizing in my parents’ garage today, separating things of my grandma’s to keep and things to sell or donate, since she recently moved from her apartment into a nursing home. I knew she has knitted quite a few baby hats for charity, and indeed, I found some good crafty stuff- knitting needles and crochet hooks, a knit washcloth, crochet thread, a crocheted doily and tablecloth, and a handwritten pattern for slippers!
I don’t think I can bear to let the beautiful FOs leave the family, so I’ll check around to see if anyone else is interested in them.
And I’m vacation news, the kids took their first jetski rides today, with one of my childhood best friends ! They loved it!!