Stitches ‘n Squares

Peaceful Baby has received another stunning piece of handiwork, this time a beautiful quilt from my friend and faithful blog reader, Abby!

I am in love with the sophisticated color palette and prints in this quilt.  The bright greens, pinks, and purples are just my style, and will suit PB much longer than a more babyish print may have.  The fabric is Eva by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics, and the pattern is called Boxed Squares.

Check out all the beautiful squares and stitching.  I am endlessly impressed by my friend’s creativity and skill with this project, and appreciate the time and thought she put into each square and stitch.  Thanks again!

As for my little yarn drawing, the winner is Jess!  Congrats!

The Gift of Handmade

It has been a little overwhelming around here, what with all the baby gifts that keep showing up on our doorstep.  A very high percentage of them have been handmade; knit, crochet, or sewn, people’s talent is astounding.  I am impressed and inspired by the time and thought that has gone into each item.

The blue cabled hat is from my friend Natasha, to whom I will be forever grateful for teaching me how to knit.  She also made the blanket below, complete with itty bitty crochet edging.  The brown hat is from a family friend.  I love the big flower, don’t you?  Just in case Junior is a boy, she included a knit band and two brown buttons that could replace the flower.  Clever!

Another family friend went way above and beyond, sewing up this baby quilt, a matching fitted flannel sheet, and a couple of burp cloths.  The quilt is puffy and soft and fits perfectly in the co-sleeper I recently snagged at Once Upon A Child for 1/4 retail price.  And to think I had almost bought one new for $200!  Can you tell I love a good bargain?

And last but not least is this fabulous red sweater from a fellow Stitch ‘n Bitcher, Denise.  I’m loving the hood and the frog closures:

Thanks again to everyone for their creativity and generosity!

Day 2

I tried to make this blanket bigger.  I really did, in about 3 different ways.  But there truly was not enough yarn left to go around this thing one more time, even for a measly single crochet edging.  So I guess it’s done then, my first crochet project!

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  • Pattern: Granny Square Baby Blanket, no official pattern just one big square
  • Yarn:  Red Heart Ltd. Soft Yarn Solids, 3 balls or approx 768 yards
  • Hook: G/ 4 mm
  • Notes: Finished blanket measures 29 inches square.

My friend Katie taught me how to make granny squares.  We got this particular square started next to the campfire in the White Mountains last summer.  That’s why I packed the acrylic yarn: I knew it would be exposed to dirt and twigs and campfire smoke.  It has held up remarkably well considering the fact it has been through all of that, plus being stuffed in and out of a basket and laid on by cats for over a year.

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Maxwell tried to claim the finished blanket as his own.  We’ll see.

I’ve decided that crochet is kind of fun.  I don’t actually know much of anything about crochet, aside from the motions required to produce this blanket, and even then I couldn’t tell you what those motions are called or how I got the whole thing started.  It’s unclear to me whether I’d actually be able to follow any sort of pattern with this knowledge, but it seems to have worked to have someone show me the motions.  And that’s a great way to learn a needle craft, wouldn’t you say?

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I enjoy the rhythm of making loops and chains and those elegant shell-thingies.  I like how you can just make a stitch anywhere you want, and there’s really no need to count or keep track of much (at least in this project). Wake up when you get to the corner and make two shells in one empty space, then keep cruisin’ until the next corner.  And if you need to go back or rip something out?  Go ahead!  There’s no tinking or backward knitting, dropped stitches or messing up the pattern.  Just one loop.  Simple, quick, and thoroughly enjoyable.

P.S. Can you block acrylic yarn?  The square is going a bit wonky and the last row wants to curl in.