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Crochet Day Granny Square Baby Blanket

My best friend Samantha and I are obsessed with crochet. I count myself very lucky that I have a friend that loves movies, TV, crochet, and science fiction/fantasy novels, and is as freakishly weird as I am! For Sammy’s 13th birthday, we went to New York for the weekend. (Her dad worked as an airline mechanic at the time…I didn’t usually jet to cosmopolitan cities for the weekend!) Our group consisted of Samantha and I, Sammy’s mom, and Sammy’s mom’s friend, Melissa. We gallivanted across the city, ate hotdogs out of carts, saw The Seussical, and came up with wonderful nicknames for each other (beak, forehead, yellow-white-yellow, and cheese curds, respectively.) As the years have passed, that trip has remained firmly implanted in my memory, and I’ll always fondly recall pulling a fantastic faux-leather jacket off a clearance rack at Macy’s. (13-year-old me thought that jacket was the THE BOMB!)

This trip down memory lane serves a purpose, I promise! Since that trip, I’ve only seen Melissa a handful of times, but recently she shared the big news…THAT SHE HAS A BUN IN THE OVEN!

Now, there are many occasions that might inspire an urge to craft a gift, but nothing, NOTHING, compares to the basic, animalistic need to create something with hook and yarn to greet a new life into the world. Once Sammy told me the news, we planned at that moment to get together for a crochet day of epic proportions.

Unfortunately, I live in Milwaukee, and Samantha lives in Madison. It took a while for my work schedule to allow me to make the hour and a half trek westward, but I finally made it. Sammy and I decided to make the Granny’s Baby Throw by Lion Brand Yarn beforehand. We chose the pattern because it consisted of 4 large granny squares, which we figured would work up fairly quickly, and would allow us to both work on equal amounts of the blanket. All that remained was to choose the perfect yarn combo!

Let the Fun Commence!

We bought our yarn from Michaels, and the Loops and Threads Impeccable yarn happened to be on sale for $2.50 each. The colors we purchased, from left to right, bottom to top, were: soft fern, pumpkin, heather, true gray, and aqua. We wanted a combo that was fun, whimsical, non-traditional, and suitable for a boys blanket.

The pattern called for a J hook, but we figured we’d have to start our first squares, and stop to compare our tension and stitch sizes. I actually bumped up to a K hook, because I crochet a bit tighter than Sammy, and she made a conscious effort to work slightly tighter than she usually does. The squares turned out AMAZINGLY, and they were all almost exactly the same size.

Lovely, Lovely Squares!

Artsy Angle!

We were a little amazed at how nice the squares turned out. With each of us working at a fairly brisk pace, we finished all 4 squares in about 5 hours. An entire baby blanket in an afternoon? Yes please! Sadly, I had to leave once the squares were done, which left Sammy to weave in the ends (sorry best fwend!!), and join the squares using an invisible join. She is also planning on adding an edge to the perimeter of the blanket.

Pretty Colors!

Overall, we were very happy with the pattern, the colors, and the finished product! We got to spend the afternoon together, and chatted the day happily away. I would definitely like to make a blanket like this again, and I’m sure it probably won’t be our last tag-team project!

Square, Square, Square…GOOSE!

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My First Foray into Sewing

While living in Los Angeles, looking for a “real” job, and working minimal hours to make a few cents, I had a lot of time on my hands. LA is one of the worst places to live if you have no money, because you KNOW there are so many amazing, awesome, fantastic things happening within minutes of your apartment, but you can’t afford to actually DO any of them.

Le sigh.

But I did have a Jo Ann very close by, and I spent a lot of time crocheting. I’ll probably document some of those projects at a later date, because this post is about sewing.

I’ve always, always, always wanted to learn to sew, but beyond learning a few basic hand stitches and once making a very simple cloak with a family friend, the mysterious art of sewing eluded me. I’ve had a fascination with costumes my whole life, from the beautiful dresses featured in Lord of the Rings, to the iconic Jedi robes of Star Wars lore. It’s been a secret dream of mine to someday make an elaborate, amazing Halloween costume, and be able to say that I made it. It probably stems from a subconscious desire to actually become the brave, loyal, courageous characters of my favorite books and movies. In any case, I promised myself that if I moved back home to Wisconsin, I would finally pull out my mom’s old Singer and teach myself to sew.

Well, I’m still a bit timid, and socially awkward, and indecisive. And I still have a slight obsession with cats.

But I kept my promise and am LEARNING HOW TO SEW!!

I bring you my first major sewing attempt. My first curved line, applique, complicated pinning, fabric selection, and following of a pattern were all encompassed in this one project. I present:

AN ADORABLE WOODLAND OWL PILLOW!

My cousin just had her first baby; an adorable little boy, and his room is “woodland animal” themed. When I saw this pinned on Pinterest, I knew it was exactly what I wanted my first major project to be. You can find the blog post with the pattern on the Make it and Love It blog HERE.

I’m still amazed with how well this turned out, and family and friends are even more amazed than I am! I’m so in love with this, that it’ll be a little hard to give it away! But I made it for baby Blake, and his new woodland forest themed home is waiting for him! Wanna see another angle?

BAM! I actually finished this project about a week ago, and I’m still riding the high of making something so awesome with a sewing machine, a plethora of sewing accessories, AND MY OWN BARE HANDS!

So. I figured I would share my excitement with the interwebs. And I’ve done that. Now please excuse me while I go squeeze this pillow and “squee” like a little girl.

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