Baby blanket

The last baby blanket has been given away! So I can finally show the pictures here. They have been taken at various moments during the day, which means the colours change slightly in the light. It’s difficult to capture them well; they’re pretty warm and bright.

As you can see, it’s a simple big granny square. I’ve tried various patterns, each more complicated than the other, but in the end the basic granny pattern showed off the colours best.

The border is a linen stitch in the various green tones of this blanket. I love the linen stitch, the way it looks, the way it feels… Lovely for a border. I’ve been thinking about doing a full blanket in linen stitch, but that seems very time consuming so I’m not sure if it’s a good plan. Maybe start off with a linen stitch pillow case first *grin*

Okay, yes, so I draped it over my shrubs. In this case the butterfly bush. View my lovely raspberry bushes on the left. They’re finally growing into the ‘hedge’ I envisioned when I started planting them. By now they’re trying to take over the garden, and I’m of a mind to let them. I loooove raspberries.

Trying to spread it out as evenly as possible on the grass. The linen stitch border is edged off with a very simple shell pattern. Just made that one up, but there’s tons of patterns out there. It’s basically 5 dc’s in a stitch, skip 2 stitches, 1 slipstitch, skip 2 stitches, 5 dc’s in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, slipstitch, etc (American dc’s ;)).

The colours look best in the late afternoon sun, I think. They’re picked to match the baby boy’s bedroom. But the mother of the boy in question has already sent me pictures of boy and his daddy cuddling beneath the blanket watching Sesame Street *grin* Glad it’s used!

Spring projects

Spring: the perfect time to start new projects. It seems like Mother Nature thinks so too. I love how all the spring flowers are popping up all over the place.

Daisies are some of my personal favorites. They’re just so dainty and sweet!

Unlike the prunus, which blesses us with flower overkill every year *grin* Love it, though. These beautiful white ones can be found close to my work.

And cycling to work I noticed spring has also touched the forest… look at all the little white stars peeking out from under last year’s leaves…

So perfect!

Spring has come to our garden too. This little pink-flowering shrub is a non-edible species of ribes, while next to it you can see the redcurrent (also a ribes) flowering in a much more discrete manner.

Red chicken is getting ready to eat the redcurrants the minute they’re ready! In revenge, we’re eating all her eggs.

And I’m working on a new project! An afghan big enough to fit our double bed (which, admittedly, is a very small double bed compared to modern standards). I’m using yarn left over from two baby blankets, which means it’s very soft and colourful. The colours are reminiscent of the Dutch sea and dunes, thus fitting the rest of our bedroom.

At the moment, it’s more or less the size of a big shawl *grin* But I’m pretty sure it’ll grow. Think I will have to order more yarn to get to the end, though.

These photos were all taken at different times, and inside the house and outside in the sun. So difficult to capture the colours correctly! It’s probably somewhere in the middle of all these pictures. How do you like them?

Cows and grannies

Working on the newest baby blanket…

Giant granny square blanket.

We also went for more walks by the river.

All the cows. They look so pretty against the autumn sky. Just look at them lying there, perfectly mirrored!

I think this is my favorite picture. I love their faces.

Finished baby blanket

And the babies keep coming… There’s one more blanket coming after this one, and then preferably people will stop procreating for a bit *grin*

This blanket is finished, though! And I’m really rather pleased with it.

As said, the pattern is Cherry Heart’s clamshell pattern. The colours were picked to match the baby’s bedroom.

They work well together though in my objective opinion *grin*

Hopefully the baby and its parents will like it as much as I do! He hasn’t been born yet, so we’ll have to wait a little while to find out.

Made a very simple border because I think it sets the pattern off well.

What do you think?

Is it pretty enough?

Blanket in a tree…

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Baby bunny

Aaaaand… another baby gift! Crocheted a cute little bunny for a cute little baby boy.

I don’t have any progress photo’s of the little bunny I made, but the new mommy was so nice to send me a picture of the toy in use!

I think I used/adapted a pattern for the head, but I can’t find it back anymore. The waffle cloth pattern is of my own making. Don’t know what pattern was used for the baby.

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Baby elephant

As said, I’m mostly busy crocheting baby gifts! This cute little baby elephant is named Olivier.

It was a gift for a baby of a friend.

Isn’t it cute?

Look at its little feet!

Two more baby blankets to finish after this, and then let’s hope people keep the reproducing to a minimum for a while so we can focus on other projects *grin*

You can find Olivier’s (free) pattern here.

Baby blanket

The people around us  keep reproducing. A good reason to keep crocheting!

The next one up and coming is a little baby boy, and the mother requested a baby blanket. Luckily I happen to love crocheting blankets, so that was an easy fix.

The colours I picked match the baby’s bedroom (though I added the blues). The yarn is pretty lovely: a very soft acrylic yarn called Colour Crafter from Scheepjes. Picked it because it has a very nice selection of colours, as the name implies.

I didn’t feel like making the umpteenth ripple or granny blanket, so I looked around a bit for a pattern that fit with the colours and the room. Eventually found this one: the clamshell pattern by Sandra of Cherry Heart. It’s a fun pattern: a tad more complicated than a basic ripple, which keeps it interesting, while the long lines of colour means you can get into that nice crochet flow.

It’s big enough now to fit the dog *grin* It also keeps me warm while crocheting. Really liking this one. Not sure what to do about the edge, yet: keep it very simple or add something elaborate? Oh well, it’ll be a little while before I’ll get there, we’ll see then.

The flood fields have managed to dry up again. We’re experiencing some very Dutch weather, though – very changable. Gives us lovely skies, however.

Look at those clouds ❤

They match the blanket *grin*

Hippie kussensloop: to be continued

As always, darning in the ends is a lot of work. I managed though!

Still liking the colours, especially in the granny square.

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I crocheted the triangles together. Worked fine by itself, but I’m not completely pleased with it. Because I made dc’s the seam looks more irregular than I’d like. Next time I think I’ll opt for sewing it together. Though that, too, seems a bit troublesome with dc’s. Perhaps for solid triangles (or squares) it’s wiser to use sc’s all the way through, to make sure you can join them neatly? What are your thoughts/experiences on this?

I’ve never made such a big granny square before and for some reason it did end up a bit twirly. I should probably try these tips the next time I make a big one… never realised I ran any risk of wonky grannies, though!

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I’m pretty sure the wonkiness will sort itself out when I’m crocheting the entire thing together, though. Pictures of the finished product are coming up! Need some sunshine for that.

Spring in Doorwerth! (Yeah, we need a spring photo every update).

Hippie kussensloop

The flowers in my house are inspiring me to do a flower-themed pillow case. I’ve looked around for inspiration, but for some reason I really wanted to do a granny square cushion… I don’t know, it just looks so.. happy! Don’t you think?

  The other side is going to be geometrical: just triangles. The husband says it’s very seventies. You’ll have to decide for yourself. Will take pictures when it’s finished!

More spring flowers… isn’t the hawthorn absolutely gorgeous right now?

And lo and behold, the first dandelions are poking their heads out of the soil!
This was the actual first one I saw this spring. Gorgeous.