Thursday, January 23, 2014

Crochet Baby Blanket - 1st 2014 completed project....

Do you believe it!! I started and finished a project in the first few weeks of the new year.

I had bought the yarn earlier in the year as I knew I wanted to make a baby blanket for my sister in law when the baby was born. But then I got a baby shower invite and wanted to make it for the shower. I was really busy with organising Christmas as the whole family was coming to our place for Christmas Lunch. That I had no time to start a new project. By the time I got to sit down at night I was exhausted. 

It was then the 29th December and thought oh no I have 14 days to the baby shower and I have not started anything. I remembered a pattern I saw on a blog once. Well I couldn't find it again so I went with what I remembered. And it just came out beautiful.

I had many late nights.......

Cramped fingers and wrists.....

But I was determined to get this finished on time. The day before the baby shower I started the border and was not going to bed that night until it was completely finished.

It was very late that night when it was completely finished, so I took some photos of the finished blanket in the morning. I didn't have time to block it, but it was fine, it didn't really need it.

And here is it ready to go with a gorgeous little doll I got from a little local shop in town.

And here is my Sister in Law with her gift.

So here are some instructions on how I made this blanket.

I used 4 ply Heirloom Cotton and a 3.5mm hook.

I just did random stripes. I didn't want to count and keep track of the stripes so I just changed colours when I got tired of working a colour.

UK Terms

Chain 225 if you are using a thicker yarn you may want to do less. Do groups of 7 +3

Row 1: Work 2 tr in the 4th chain from the end. *Skip 3 chains and dc in the next chain. Chain 3 and then complete a tr in each of the next 3 chains.  Repeat from the * until you get to the end. You should finish with a dc in the last stitch. (if I have ever counted wrong and have more chains left at the end I carefully undo the chains and fasten it at the end)

Row 2: Turn your work, chain 3, work 2 tr in the first dc. *Skip 3 tr's, dc in the first chain of the ch3, chain 3 and then complete a tr in each of the next 2 chains. Tr in the dc. Repeat from the * until you reach the end. Complete a dc on top of the turning chain.

Continue doing row 2 and changing colours where you like until you have reached the size you are after.

Fasten and weave in all ends.

Border: I completed a round in dc first. (white), 2 rows of tr's (light pink), 1 row of tr's (dark pink). I then worked my scallops onto this row. To make the scallops - Starting where you finished the previous row, chain 1, *skip 2 chains and work 5 tr's into the next stitch. (I do these in between the the 2 tr's, not in the chain) skip 2 chains work 1 dc. repeat from * until you get right around.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Hope you have fun trying this pattern. Working in the chain gives a more lacy and delicate pattern. You could work the tr's in the 3 chain space if it easier. I did find it hard, had to really concentrate and had to have good light to get the tr's into each of the chains.

(just a note: I did not design this stitch/pattern)

Ask questions if something is not clear and I will try my best to answer all questions.

Filomena xx

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goodbye 2013

2013 saw many highs and lows not only in my family but the community I live in, and it also meant a whole year as a stay at home mum. I can't believe how fast it went and I just absolutely loved it. 

This was the last year all my kids will be at school together for a while, the year they started mountain bike riding, the girls didn't make it to the Physie grand finals, James won the U13's Mountain Bike trophy, James, Sarah and Lauren performed at the opera house, Sarah joined the school dance group and performed at the Joan Sutherland Centre, The girls started netball and loved it, James was nominated into SRC, I started crochet classes,  they all did really well in their AMEB music exams, and the year I experienced my first bush fires, so many of my friends lost their homes and saw a community help each other.

I finally feel I am doing the right thing....... caring for the people I love and spending time doing the things I love. It is not always easy looking after these four, and sometimes I remember how much easier it was just to walk out the door in the morning to go to work and leave someone else to deal with the "I can't find my uniform" or "I don't want to wear my hair like this"..... but dealing with the daily issues has brought more meaning to my days and the reason I had these guys. 

This year I have one starting high school, which is very exciting and scary at the same time. The kids will continue with their music lessons and mountain bike racing and Physie and I am looking forward in continuing running my crochet classes. So I will still be busy dropping them off here and there. Now that is something I have to work on this year. Balance - between doing things with the kids, down time for me and them, family time and of course my craft time. And somewhere in there I have to keep this house tidy..... Oh My Goodness it is going to be another busy year and I was hoping for a more relaxing one......

So 2013 I am sad to see you go but I am so excited about 2014 and all the possibilities it will bring.

Happy New Year to everyone and thank you for stopping by in 2013.

Filomena xx