Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sampler Style Baby Blanket

My nephew Josh was born in November of last year.  Of course, his baby blanket was only about 10cm long when we got the it's-a-boy phone call.  Thankfully, I had until the family baby shower in January to complete this heirloom afghan!

The blanket is crocheted in Bernat Cot'N Corn, a natural yarn blend that has unfortunately been discontinued.  I wanted Josh's blanket to match the blue and green crib quilt that my mom made him for his nursery, so I went for a scrappy/sampler style.  Each stripe is a different favourite stitch, mostly from Robyn Chachula's Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia.  (I love this book!  I may have mentioned it once or twice before.)

This stitch is called the Alternating Single Crochet Spike.

This stitch is is from the Ruffles and Dots pattern that I posted about earlier.

This one is known as Single Rib.

Chicken foot!

Here you have the "Middle Bar Half-Double Crochet."

This one....I just can't remember!

This is the crunchy stitch.

And now get yourselves ready for the gratuitous cute nephew shots.

Look at those legs!

Sitting up is hard work.  Too many photos...

...makes Josh tip over.

Ho-hum lounge baby.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Snow Day Crochet

Yarncrafting is a bit of an ironic hobby for someone who finds herself busiest in the coldest months and crafting mostly when the heat and humidity are at their most unbearable.  Occasionally, however, the stars (or more accurately, the weather patterns) align and you wake up to a blustery snow day where schools are closed and your day shifts from fussing over carefully orchestrated teaching plans to sleeping in, reading novels, sipping giant mugs of tea, making a big pot of homemade chicken soup with rice, and--eventually--sliding a favourite DVD into the player, plunking down on the couch and pulling out a neglected crochet project.

The yarn: Lion Brand Homespun in Painted Desert
The project: Simple Crochet Shrug
The tea: Four O'Clock Chocolate Truffle Mint
The movie: Lars and The Real Girl


Snow days aren't really about the snow at all.  They're about guilt-free hibernating, warmth, coziness, and relaxation.  The dishes, laundry and housecleaning can wait for the regular weekend to arrive.  This unplanned extra bit of time is for quiet, unexpected indulgence.  The evening news report a record 34cm snowfall in the city today; I wouldn't be opposed to another snow wallop...say, on Monday, maybe? ;)
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