Baby/Blanket Fever

Happy Friday the thirteenth and full moon! Though the number thirteen and I are not friends, it is a beautiful and quiet day in my neck of the woods, so I thought I would send out a project update.

Crocheting has proved to be an aid in more regular blogging, it seems. This way, I get the trinity of creativity going: create/crochet, photograph it, blog about it. Mmmm, trinity.

After the last show ‘n tell, I had a couple of orders come in, so I had to put down the other baby blanket project I had been working on in my spare time. But last Sunday, I was able to pick it up again and I pushed to finish it.

It came out beeeeeeeeeeeeautifully, if I do preen so myself.

Mint and Cream Baby Blanket - Wide Fold

I stuck to the designer’s original colors since I thought they were perfect for a gender neutral baby blanket scheme; I also wanted to try out this particular yarn brand’s Antique White and Mint (Bernat Softee Baby).

Not only was the yarn wonderful to work with–particularly for a baby weight yarn, of which some brands are a nightmare–but it worked up quite quickly and was rather therapeutic to make. Last but certainly not least, the stitching of this pattern gives a gorgeous scrunched shell look.

Mint and Cream Stitches Closeup

The size of the one I ended up making came out to about 19″ by 24″; it is intended to go around a baby in a stroller or car seat. If it is a newborn, though, it would be wrapped up quite nicely and the blanket lets the wee ones breathe.

To be perfectly honest, I haven’t decided whether to list it for sale in the shop. I know at least five couples expecting this fall and it would make a beautiful gift. That’s not to say I couldn’t make another one or two. The jury is still out.

For now, it sits tucked away with my other finished items, waiting to be bestowed to a new owner.

Happy weekend to you all!

 

 

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Showcase of Recent Projects

I promised about a month ago to begin doing more show ‘n tell posts on projects I am working on or have completed.

Here I am to fulfill that promise….slightly out of breath and a little worn, truth be told.

Between working full-time and wedding planning, working on my side interests is all about making time for them. However, since I also have a shop where people can request handmade gifts, the customer comes first if an order comes in.

Before I was graced with two back-to-back orders totaling ten amigurumi, I had just finished up the following:

Baby Pastel Crochet Washcloths

Cotton crochet baby washcloths, currently in the shop

Folded Pastel Baby Blanket 2

25″ baby blanket, currently available in the shop

I was SO proud when I finished that blanket because it was the first one I had ever done in the corner-to-corner design that is quite popular right now. I added a border and voilà! 

And prior to that, I had just finished this little miracle:

Shell Baby Sundress - Front

That, my friends, is a newborn baby sundress. It’s pretty much the “I die” of baby outfits.

I had just started on a second baby blanket (no photos yet!) when I got two orders within a week for ten amigurumi animals. I just shipped them out on Saturday morning. Here they are in all their adorable glory:

Amigurumi Order

I’m still doing my photography, of course, and have put up a few pieces for sale in the shop, like this one:  

Though we’re under five months until the wedding (eep!), I have heard from a multitude of friends and family that they are expecting a child around the same time, so I have all these ideas for care boxes of baby things I want to make and send to people, but there simply are not enough hours in the day to carry out all of my pho-chet dreams. I’ll simply have to go into overdrive when all of my party planning days are behind me!

This concludes the first installment of Pho-chet Showcase with yours truly. If you are a fellow crafter and/or are curious about anything you see here, please leave some love in the comments!