Arctic Ice Blankie

IMG_1728  Another baby blanket is completed.  It was such a joy knitting this lightweight baby blanket.  It is worked in a simple garter stitch pattern.  I used Buttercream, Luxe Craft, Rainbow Boucle yarn–approximately 1.5 skeins (about 12 ounces of yarn).  The color is called Princess.  I love the pastel shades which makes me think of frozen snow cones.

I started this project on March 10 and finished it yesterday.  This blanket measures 44 inches by 45 inches.  I used size 8 circular knitting needles.  My cast on was 150 stitches.

Splashing in the Blue Surf


Just completed my first craft project for 2017.  This is a knitted baby blanket done in a garter stitch.  I used three skeins of Bernat Blanket Brights (Surf Varigated).  This yarn is a 6 weight and a 10.5 oz skein. I used my favorite needles, circular 10.5.  This blanket is finished in a row of single crochet stitch in lime green.  The finished measurement is 42 x 43 inches.



Gift Request from Hawaii

One of my friends called me this week with a special request to make a baby blanket for her.  She needs a special blanket for will be for a family member. The special bundle of joy is a boy and is joining the family sometime this September.  I am honored to respond to this request and need to start hopping on this project.

First step is a visit this morning to my one of favorite craft stores–Michael’s.  I found the perfect yarn.  I wanted something soft and cuddling.  My girlfriend thought blue would be appropriate and I agreed but when I saw the variegated blue skeins called “Funny Bunny Print,” I just had to get it.  This is the first time I will be working with Bernat pipsqueak yarn comes in 3.5 ounce skeins and is 100% polyester making it machine washable and dryable.  Perfect for a little bundle of joy!

A simple garter stitch is the perfect stitch for this textured yarn.  Using a 10.5 circular knitting needle I cast on 90 stitches giving me a width of 33 inches.  That will be great.  Easy pattern, great yarn and a fulfilling purpose contribute toward stitches rapidly flying off the needles.

Here’s a tease for you …

Watch for progress updates.

Chunky Baby Blanket

Chunky Baby Blanket

What a wonderful feeling it was to have completed this knitting experiment with Chunky Yarn.  This was my first experience with Bernat Super Bulky Yarn. This yarn is soft and cuddly.  The color is Little Sandcastles.  I used size 11 straight knitting needles and cast on 88 stitches.  This blanket was worked in garter stitch.  I used two 10.5 ounce skeins to complete this project.  After blocking the baby blanket measured 40 by 40 inches.  It will make some little one feel nice and cozy.


Turquoise Baby Delight

Finished knitting a baby afghan as a gift for a friend of ours.  This project was made in a basket weave pattern of alternating blocks (multiples of 8 stitches) in knit and purl stitches.  The afghan has a 1.5 inch border in seed stitch.  I used Big Twist  Rainbow Classic Yarn (11oz skein).  I like to make my baby afghans large enough to be used into the toddler years.  This one measures 45 by 45 inches.  Our friend loved it and it is our wish that the new born baby boy will be warm and content in it.

Crafting in July

Resumed a knitting project that was set aside due to the move. This one is a baby blanket in an off white yarn. I wanted to do something whimsical. I love giving a new born the little book called the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar. So when I stumbled across the stitch called the caterpillar stitch, I had no choice but to give it a try.

I don’t have a picture of my project yet as it is in progress, but, I found this picture on line showing the picture. This stitch is a textured stitch and is just made using the knit and purl stitch.
caterpillar knitting stitch

Finally finished this blanket last night. I used two One Pound skeins of Natura Yarn. Color is Pure Fisherman. The finished size is 44 x 52 inches.

Caterpillar Army

Close up of the caterpillar stitch. Kept the weave closed when blocked to create a different effect.

caterpillar stitch

Second Heart Baby Blanket

003 004  I liked  this pattern so much that I made a second blanket.  Blanket measures 36 inches by 36 inches.  Left off the ribbon trim but one can easily be added.  This is a quickie project.

Needlework Escapades

Since my last post, I rediscovered lonely projects that were set aside.  I’ve spent the last few weeks completing them.  The first one completed was a lacy knit shrug.  It is made with claret colored chenille yarn.  It was worked in a one-piece process.  I started with the ribbing of one sleeve then worked the body and ended with the ribbing of the second sleeve.  Each sleeve ribbing was stitched closed and the shrug was done.


The next waiting project was a crocheted baby blanket using the African flower hexagon.  This blanket went to Project Linus.  It was made of 24 hexagons.  Diamond shaped pieces were used when piecing them all together along with 4 triangle pieces in the header and footer rows.



Now, reinvigorated with the crafting bug, I went through my box of unfinished projects and pulled out another crocheted piece.  This one was a lacy top made in knit cro-sheen thread.


I think I’ve finished my stash of unfinished projects.  I’m off to start a new set of projects. 

Receiving Blanket

Several days ago, hubby and I returned from a 15 day driving trip through central and northern California.  To keep busy on the long drives, I started a coral receiving blanket.  I am working it in the basketweave pattern  I love the textured checkerboard effect of this pattern.  Here is what it looks like thus far.    The textured checkerboard effect is encased in a seed stitch border.    Right now the blanket measures about 32 inches in width.  I’m about halfway through and am aiming to make it a square so the finished dimensions would be 32 x 32.