Victorian Roses (finally!)
May 8th, 2010 by Dawn

This was a long project.  I worked on it steadily but never diligently and there’s a lot of yarn in it.  Here’s a rule of thumb for estimating how much work a project is going to take: how much yarn do you have to buy?  Because it’s all gotta be put in there before you’re done.  I love this though.  I think it came out beautifully and I hope my friend Rebekah likes it too.

Maliyah’s purple flowers
Mar 1st, 2009 by Dawn

Usually the baby blanket is a surprise but since I was doing most of my crocheting at Steve’s place, I figured Jamie had to be in on the secret. That gave her the chance to choose her own design. She picked one that looked like a field of daisies. Only problem is she doesn’t like yellow or green. Maliyah’s assigned colors were two shades of purple so I picked out a lilac and a grape and here’s the result, modeled by Maliyah herself. She was born two weeks early so I was home madly weaving in ends while she was making her first appearance to the world.

Dignified (and big) Afghan for Steve
Jun 4th, 2008 by Dawn

This is my fourth or fifth afghan from Afghans by the Alphabet which has really nice patterns. Steve picked this one out because he thought it was “dignified”. It is kind of manly. This is bigger than the book called for because Steve wanted something long enough so his toes didn’t come out and wide enough to snuggle two. So it’s almost more of a blanket than an afghan.

There are patterns that look really complicated but are straightforward to crochet and then there are patterns that look straightforward but turn out to be excruciatingly complex. The trick is to do the former, which luckily this was one of. When I first saw what he’d selected I looked at all the color changes and what seemed like different stitches on different rows and I groaned. But actually, every row is the same (allowing for color changes and which stitch you start with). So it was a very pleasant project to work on.

Now let’s get to the snuggling.

Jake’s blanket, take two
Dec 26th, 2007 by Dawn

The blanket I made for Jake when he was born got misplaced so I made a replacement. I forgot to get a picture of it but the only difference between the original and the new one is that the green stripes only go in one direction. It was faster and took less green yarn that way (I was lucky I had as much left over as I did and that I hadn’t used it for anything else).

Blanket for new niece (better be)
Feb 17th, 2007 by Dawn

This is my own design – rows of fluffy, white bunny tails with variegated rag confetti in between. Not very practical but very girlish. Now let’s just hope it turns out to be a girl, otherwise there will be some quick re-work.

Purple afghan
Feb 4th, 2007 by Dawn

This was originally planned for a boy – a boy with a dramatic flair, obviously. But it was so long delayed I think he’d outgrown it before it was done and it went to a friend’s daughter instead. Made of fun fur and other entertaining yarns, it was my own simple design – 3 rows DC purple stuff, 1 row DC white stuff, 1 row SC fun fur, 1 row DC white stuff, repeat. Soft, fluffy, and very eye-catching if that’s your taste.

Furry blanket
Nov 3rd, 2005 by Dawn

You see how productive I’ve been lately. It’s not that I haven’t been posting. I really haven’t finished any projects in all that time. I’ve got a few longer term projects going that will take a while longer still to finish but mainly I just haven’t been crafting much. It was a fun summer, spent largely outdoors.

And after all that silence, I have a finished piece that took me about 15 minutes to make. But I love it and it was just what I wanted. Made from the new fun fur fleece, blue on one side and white on the other. It’s nothing more than two pieces of fabric sewn together but the resulting shapeless floppiness fits the fabric exactly. This is the best snuggling blanket ever made and I’ve got the best snuggler to share it with me (which has got a lot to do with how little I’ve been getting done).

Sparkle bobble baby blanket
May 9th, 2005 by Dawn

It’s hard to get a good picture of this yarn. The variegated yarn is somewhat lighter and more pastelly than it appears in the photo and it has a sparkle thread running through it. This is the second blanket I’ve made from Our Best Baby Afghans. It’s for my cousin Peter’s first baby.

Caterpillar blanket
Mar 1st, 2005 by Dawn

From the Fur, Fur & More Fur! leaflet. I call it the caterpillar blanket because that’s what everyone who sees it says: “It looks like a caterpillar.” I think it’s gorgeous but it’s clearly not for everyone. I’m just not so sure who it’s for yet. When I saw the pattern I knew I had to make it but I’m not really an earth tone person myself and considering the number of crafty people in my family (me included) we all (and me especially) have all the afghans we really need.

Here’s a closeup of the texture. It’s made from Fun Fur and Homespun yarns, so it’s soft and lightweight and furry but warm too.

Green and white baby blanket
Jan 10th, 2005 by Dawn

It’s hard to get the colors exactly right in a photo but I think this is the prettiest baby blanket I’ve made yet. I love the fresh new colors they have for babies these days, not just the tired pastels. The pattern is worked diagonally in squares. I was supposed to be able to carry the color I wasn’t using but couldn’t hide it well enough so I ended up carrying only the white and cutting green. That meant a few ends to weave in but it was worth it.

Here’s the full blanket.

The pattern came from Our Best Baby Afghans.

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