Hooray for Fridays. So they are no longer the end of the working week for me but the time when everybody else has finished work so I have someone to talk to for 2 days. Hooray!
In the meantime I’ve been doing a spot of knitting and crochet for the baby.
The first is a teddy bear, the pattern for which was in a book we received as a wedding gift. You can find Baby and Toddler Knits Made Easy here on Amazon. It has over 50 projects for garments and decorations, blankets and toys for boys and girls. Next on my list is a T-Rex toy and an elephant cushion.
It’s supposed to be super chilly this year so I made baby some things to keep him or her toasty warm. The baby hoody pattern came from Craftseller Magazine a few months ago. I added some multi coloured buttons as we don’t know whether it’s a little bundle of pink or blue we are having. Keeping on the multi coloured theme I then made a super simple crochet baby blanket from some odd balls of yarn I had in my stash, I made a chain of approximately 50 stitches using a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn. It’s just two rows of each colour in DC stitches until the blanket is long enough to make a square shape. You can try this by folding it in half on the diagonal (corner to opposite corner), when the sides match up, the piece is square. Then I added a DC border, remember to do 2 DC in each corner or the piece will not lay flat.
I hope you like them. I’m really looking forward to wrapping the little one up all snug and warm in the blanket.
Got a few spare minutes? Then grab a cuppa and some biccies and take a look at my top 10 favourite knitting and crochet blogs. (In no favouritism order)
- Attic 24 – If you are a fan of colour and crochet then this blog is definitly worth a look. Lucy also takes beautiful pictures of the countryside that surronds her lovely home. I can quite easily get lost in this blog for a good couple of hours.
- Knitting to Stay Sane – Lovely lace and how to blog. Beautiful pictures and well written explanations.
- Fresh Stitches – Brilliant amigurumi site. I want them all!!
- Knitted Bliss – I get knitting urges and hunger pangs reading this some. Some delicious foody bits as well as well presented knitty bits.
- Beloved Knits – everything from teeny babies to adults and everything in between. My favourite are the ladybug booties.
- The Vintage Knitter – A super blog written by a lover of all things vintage.
- This Lovely Life – not just knitting and crochet (so a bit of a cheat in this list) but it’s BEAUTIFUL. I’m currently looking for somewhere that needs a set of polka dot drawers.
- Damn it Janet, Let’s Crochet! – Not only do I love the name of this, I really like the cute kitschy makes.
- Coop Knits – A socky, yarny knitfest! I.Love.It. Aaand, she has a new book out!
- A Stash Addict – Colour, bloggy bits and yarn shopping all in one place. And lots of colour. Rainbow colour, sparkly colour, colourful colour. And some cracking interviews with other crafters.
Have a gander and let me know your favourites too! It is also perfectly acceptable for your favourite blog to be your own 🙂
… GRANNY SQUARE LOVE!!
What a beautiful, colourful book of gorgeousness from Sarah London. And it was ready and waiting for me under the tree this Christmas.
I love making granny squares, but there are only so many blankets you can make and places you can keep hiding them before the other half gets suspicious and starts strongly hinting that maybe you ought to see if you can get some help. This book is most definitly the answer to your addiction. Gone are the days where granny square just means lap blanket (or in my case, rather enormous bed throw), say hello to cushions and embellishments and teacosies and OH! so much more.
There are lovely pictures all the way through and stunning use of colour that really has me itching to get to my local yarn shop and part with some cash. Must … Remain … Focused …
I really like the colour commentary she has running through the book, explaining the colour combos that she has used along with some advice for alternative colourings.
If you have never crocheted before there are instructions at the beginning, all with pictures, for your basic stitches and a tutorial on how to make a granny square. This is no excuse not to get hooking!
Now, if you will excuse me, I have an ottoman slipcover and a stool cover to make … for an ottoman and a stool that we don’t have … yet.