Posts Tagged ‘blanket’

Crochet first!

Monday, 12 July 2010

Okay, pics of some of what I’ve made in the last few weeks and months:

First, I can finally show you the baby blanket for my cousin’s first child (a gorgeous little boy – from the pictures, as I haven’t met him yet). This is the blocking shot, but you should be able to see more or less what it looks like.
5-pointed star baby blanket, in stripes/rounds of blue, purple and white

Second, a baby size jacket using up some assorted cottons (much of it leftover from the blanket above). I suddenly realised that baby stuff is small and quick, and thus good practice for the skills needed to make clothing for ME!!!! (And there weren’t any other motivations at all, of course…) I got the cutest little buttons for it, but haven’t sewn them on yet.
vertically striped baby jacket
It’s done sideways, from each cuff, and then joined at the back, and since I didn’t precisely follow the suggested striping I was quite pleased with myself for working things out to get them to match up properly!
back of vertically striped baby jacket

I’m actually working on a second baby cardigan (this one with more seaming and set in sleeves, which latter I haven’t done before), but I’ve neither finished it nor taken pictures, apparently, so more on that later.

I have got pictures of the yarn used in that though, as I’d previously used it to make a new top for a teddy bear my DH has had since childhood. It was a perfect match for Sam’s hat, although I’ve had suggestions that the colour may be a bit harsh/strong for a young child. I suppose we’ll just have to see about that, however!
Sam in all his glory
I improvised the pattern as I went, and it called for some pretty extreme hip shaping, so I’m glad that worked out alright.
Sam's jacket from the back

I’ve also finally used up the yarn from the first jacket I ever made (which I posted about at the time) to make a child sized triangular shawl, but apparently I don’t have pictures of that yet either.

Obviously, I need to catch up on my photography as well as everything else!


Wednesday, 30 July 2008

My platelets donation went perfectly today! We tried the right arm, since the left has been problematic for about a year, and even though the vein is not ideal, it’s evidently better than the scarred left one, with a bit of care.

Luna is getting very excited about exploring Europe, but her Travelling Teddy group isn’t ready to start yet [go sign up!] so she came out with me for the day. She was a bit scared for me, as Moon Bears get horribly mistreated in the extraction of their bodily fluids (bile) for human benefit, but in contrast, human blood/component donors have a choice, have their own health as paramount in the process, are not caged or shackled and are very well treated, rather than horribly abused.
Luna bear outside the Blood Donor Centre
Anyway, Luna got a sticker for coming along, and if any of the visiting teddies are here when I go next, in a month, they can come and get one too. (Only those would say ‘Auntie’, not ‘Mum’.) They will not be asked to donate themselves! Luna also finally got to model her rucksack for completed display.

From the Blood Donor Centre we went to the shopping centre, to see was anything left in the yarn sale at John Lewis and there was…

We got a book of crochet patterns for small people, and some yarn. Only a representative sample of the yarn is in the photo (in the interests of me not getting told off for buying 22 balls of a colour – the orangey one – that doesn’t even look good on me) but I do have tentative plans for it, and I love the yarn. (I’ve used other colours of it.)

Also in the picture is the American crochet magazine WHSmith seem to have begun stocking, as I obviously need to encourage this trend, and the lap blanket I finally finished! I got it to the last 6 inches of the edging by the time we had to leave where we have our knit/crochet group, but I did those on the walk home. Tomorrow should be a great time to visit the intended recipient, and even though it won’t be so much use in the current summer weather, I think she’ll like to get it at last. She’s probably forgotten I was even making it for her after all this time!

And I threw my current copy of Niccolo Rising in as well. Chapter 4 hasn’t got me any closer to working out which grudges are personal yet, and which have history as well as current provocation behind them.

Simplicity is good

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Day 10 of the Omer

Grey-Green Granny Square
I’m doing a simple (but I think pretty effective) granny-square lap blanket for a lady I know. It matches the upholstery on her armchairs and sofa pretty well, and I thought it’d be nice for warding off those stray breezes of spring and autumn (and perhaps even summer, depending what kind of one we’re in for).

It’s great to be crocheting again, and this is working up really fast.

Keeping Warm

Monday, 7 April 2008

Pink Log Cabin crocheted blanket draped down to feet

I actually took this picture last night, but the extra length I added tonight wouldn’t show up any more. I should really get on with my little Dogo, but what with the snow yesterday and today (it didn’t stick beyond 8am this morning) I’ve been working on the blanket. I’ve been working it straight from my old knitted thing, ripping that as I go. (I’ve had some much appreciated help with the frogging, to keep that about a foot ahead of what I’m crocheting.)

It is now just about big enough (certainly wide enough) to cover me while I laze/read/sleep on the sofa on Shabbos afternoons, which is what I wanted. It could use a bit more length yet, and I’m dithering between stopping then and making a baby size one to give away, or going on to make a (single) bedspread size. Knowing myself it’ll probably be the latter!

97. Dogs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

I still don’t know all about the range of pedigree dogs in France, let alone the world, but I do know a whole lot more than I did before this book. The photographs are both informative and expressive, as well. It is one of the short-haired dogs in this book that inspired my unfinished amigurumi. There are a fair few longer haired ones whose basic shape is entirely invisible and so would be difficult to model. The text is by dog experts, and gives good overviews.

What’s going on?

Sunday, 23 March 2008

I’m off for a short break for the next two days, so I want to catch up with some stuff now. I am aiming to bring the laptop, and definitely the new camera, but in any case I could probably get online each day even if I don’t manage to.

85. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

This has been one of my favourite novels (along with its sequels certainly my favourite series, by my favourite author) since I was about 14, and I was overdue on a reread (I have no idea how many times I’ve been through the series). Looking back, the most empathetic characters in this book don’t tend to recur in the further Lymond Chronicles (the two most compassionate, Christian Stewart – a real person, if I recall correctly (although I can’t find any evidence for this, and may well be incorrect) – and Gideon Somerville – certainly fictional – will be dead by the opening of Queen’s Play), but the intriguing ones all do, and tend to become more intriguing too.

I’ve probably had a very minor crush on Francis Crawford since I was fourteen, but with maturity, or even just a careful reading of the text, comes a realisation that he would be a very very difficult person to deal with day to day for most people. Unless you’re in a Catherine D’Albon role, perhaps. But that’s not until book 6 (Checkmate), and I really shouldn’t be referring to it here, just in case people only have read Game of Kings, as you really need the character development of the next five books for his love life to make sense. I’m wittering. Which is something Francis would certainly never do. (Except maybe near the end of this book when he’s with his brother.)

86. The Will by Chaim Greenbaum

Another of the multi-period Jewish novels (seriously, for a good while there are FIVE time periods being told – two during WWII, one in the 1960s and 70s, and two in different months of 2002) but it isn’t a bad thriller, and the morals make sense, mostly.

And now to my crochet, even though I haven’t done any over Purim or Shabbos.

The blanket is coming on. (And is pink, as my nice new camera recognises.)

The February mat is now into March, although not very far as I simply haven’t been keeping up with it. I was in a hurry to take this picture, so it isn’t lying flat at all. The shape of at least two of the sides is rather good.

The NatCroMo game is going well for everyone whose photos I’ve seen. Most of those are on Ravelry, but one person who isn’t on there yet has sent me some of her pictures, which I’m going to put in a separate post. Really beautiful.
I did take a very quick photo of the Seraphina’s Shawl, but the picture came out horrible, so you’ll have to wait until I can take a better one! Perhaps in daylight. I’ll be taking it to show my mother what I’m doing with the alpaca yarn she gave me.

Grey, the new pink

Monday, 17 March 2008

This is the start of a blanket for me, from lots of old stash yarn. The non-variegated strand is really this vivid pink, but my scanner has decided it’s grey, unfortunately. Here is an old picture of the yarn for comparison:

I finally took my camera in for repair today, and tomorrow I find out could they actually fix it or not. If not it’ll take more time and two or three times the money to get the whole lens replaced, apparently, so here’s hoping. I really am looking forward to being able to show off/display all my projects again properly.

And no, I haven’t quite finished the Seraphina’s Shawl, I just decided I like having two bigger projects on the go to switch between, and so began this one too.