Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunset Shawl

I last saw my grandmother on Thanksgiving a few years ago, before we had kids. We drove eight hours into a snowstorm (it dumped about a foot of snow on the east coast the day before Thanksgiving) so that we could be there in time to have Thanksgiving dinner at the nursing home. It was one of the top five most terrifying car rides of my life. But I’m so grateful to have those memories.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mossy Cable Christmas Stockings

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..."

Okay, to be honest, we don't really have a chimney. We've hung our stockings beside a door frame and across the top of our french doors, depending on which room we've put the Christmas tree in. But there's something nice about having a set of matching stockings for the whole family lined up side by side, waiting to be filled on Christmas Eve, no matter where they're hung.

Last year, my sister-in-law approached me about making a matching set for their family. They had gotten one stocking at a time as each of the kids was born, and now that they're getting older, she wanted a set that they could keep as their own forever. She had seen these stockings from Land's End on Pinterest, and she liked almost everything about them, but they were discontinued. So I had her choose her yarn colors and got to work.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Eva Scarf

Show of hands: whose favorite season is fall?

*raises hand*

I love fall. To be fair, I just love living in a place with four distinct seasons—I love each snowfall, I love watching the flowers come out in the spring, I love the sunny days and even the thunderstorms of summer. But I really love the cooler weather of fall. There’s just something in the air. I don’t know. If you’re another fall enthusiast, you know what I mean.

This is my favorite fall scarf. I made it almost ten years ago, after I came across Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in a yarn shop near my in-laws’ house. I couldn’t leave the shop without it. It’s still probably my favorite yarn I’ve ever worked with. (If anyone ever wants to change my mind, you're always welcome to send me yarn...) I used two skeins to make the scarf. (If you like a longer scarf, definitely get a third skein. I was fresh out of college and broke, so two skeins was the most I could afford.)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Baby Bear Hat

Is there anything cuter than a baby in a bear hat? Maybe, but I'm not convinced.

We have a couple new babies on the way among our friends and family, and not all of them will need handmade blankets. (When the baby's grandmother, great-grandmother, aunts, and great-aunts all knit, you can imagine how well stocked with blankets the child will be.)

Enter the baby bear hat. It's part of a set of small, make-it-in-a-day-or-less baby items I'm putting together as a gift for one of those blanket-blessed children.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Green Apple Blanket

When my friend told me she was getting married, I immediately thought of a blanket for her.

Some backstory: A. and I met in seventh grade and were inseparable through middle school and high school. We survived horrible Spanish teachers together. We skipped our senior prom and went to see Shrek 2 instead. With two others, we were the best (and giggliest) group of friends a girl could ask for.

I was the first of us to get married, in 2008. I made a wedding blanket for K. when she got married in 2010. This past fall I got the news from the other two: L. had (surprise!) gotten married in September, and A. had set a date for June.

Naturally, I immediately thought of blankets to make. (Tell me I’m not the only one who does this.)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Crochet Half Hexagon

The problem with hexagons is that they don’t give you a straight edge. When making a blanket with them, the rows are offset, leaving gaps at the ends.

(Sorry I didn't post more of a picture--I'm trying to keep the blanket a little bit of a surprise until it's finished!)

For me, the best way to solve this problem was to make half-hexagons (or as Little Bear would call them, “trap-zoids”) to fill the gaps.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Crochet Modified Hexagon

I decided a few months ago to crochet a hexagon blanket for my friend’s wedding. I’d never crocheted a hexagon before, so I followed Make & Do Crew’s tutorial. (It’s a great tutorial, by the way—clear and easy to follow. If you’re new to hexagons, start there.)

But I didn’t like how tight and dense my crochet was when I used the hook size recommended on the yarn label. I was using Loops & Threads Impeccable yarn from Michaels; it recommended a size H hook. I liked the feel of the crochet fabric better with a J hook. (I don’t know if I crochet tighter than average, or if I just prefer my crochet much much looser. Probably the latter.)