August 4th, 2012
I’ve been crocheting like mad lately. Several friends have had babies recently, or will have them soon, and I’ve been making lots of baby blankets, including the spiral-squares nine-patch above for my friend Jill. She and her husband are expecting their first baby in a few weeks. They wanted the sex to be a surprise, so Jill asked me to use primary, Crayola-bright colors. That was music to my ears, because those are my favorite kind of colors to crochet with. I’m really happy with how it turned out, even though I almost ran out of one of the colors and had to fudge a couple of the squares. It’s barely noticeable, though.
This colorful hexagon blanket was made for my good friend Sonja‘s second baby and second son, Corbin.
For the hexagons, I used Attic24′s excellent Hexagon How-To pattern. She includes instructions for how to connect the hexagons as you go, which is awesome—so much easier than trying to sew a bunch of hexagons together at the end.
The first time I made a hexagon blanket, I didn’t really know what I was doing, and the end result was pretty but kind of lopsided.
This time I did a little research and realized that I could make half-hexagons for the sides of the blanket, and add a chevron border to the top and bottom for a more finished look. I’m glad I did, because I really liked how it all looked in the end.
The baby blanket I’m working on right now is for a baby who is, um, five months old already. Jen requested something with orange, and I happened to see these awesome giraffes in Jen’s photostream and loved the colors. So I used them as inspiration for Jen’s son’s blanket, which I am currently working on. It’s another spiral-square blanket. I never seem to get tired of that pattern. (The cat in the photo isn’t my cat, in case you’re wondering when we got a gray cat. It’s my friend Jen‘s not-her-cat, Hobo. [Not the same Jen. A different Jen.])
Three months ago (wow, time flies) I crocheted these stripey balls as a first-birthday gift for Elliora’s playgroup friend Emeline. (It’s the same basic pattern as my snowball/rainball pattern, just with different colors.) I got rather clever with the packaging for them:
We had a clear plastic tube package lying around from a travel pillow Annalie had gotten recently. It was the perfect size and shape to hold Emmy’s balls.
What are you all working on these days, craft-wise?