I always use the wintertime to work on new blankets for around my house, and to get a jump on wedding blankets for the year. It’s the perfect time to work on something warm and snuggling, that keeps you warm as it grows. There is nothing better than coming home from work, freezing and exhausted, and curling up on the couch with a warm blanket on the hook and a cup of tea steaming next to you.
I like to have several blankets going at once, because I get bored with the same thing fairly quickly. Even just mixing up the colors in a new blanket with the same pattern works to keep me interested. And I like that when I get tired of blue and grey, I can jump into red and white.
I just started a new blanket on Saturday. It’s an ombre corner to corner, and I absolutely love it. I love the different hues of blues and I love how easy (and count-free) the pattern is. While I love my ripples, counting each stitch so I know where to increase or decrease is frustrating after a while! It’s great to be able to really zone out and let my mind conquer other problems.
I’ve had a few projects on the hook lately. Some were frogged and discarded, other have made it on to WIP status. Here’s peek at what I’ve been working on:
I’m in love with this blanket. I have tried three or four different variations, frogging it each time. Now it’s about half way done and I really like it! I’m hoping the rest goes quickly because I have a great idea for the border to work up.
This is such a sweet blanket. The hearts make it perfect for a little newborn – wrapped in love. You can find the pattern here and here. The second link is the original pattern, and the first is a re-write of the pattern that I found easier to follow. I can’t wait for this one to be wrapped around a little one!
New Soap Savers
I’ve been hard at work designing new products for the holidays! These are the first off the hook. A bit smaller, more compact, and with tighter stitches. I found that the old soap saver bags stretched a bit, so I’m hoping these won’t as much. So far my tester is working beautifully! Once I have these all made and I’m satisfied with them, I’ll be putting the other ones on sale, so watch my Etsy shop for those!
I’ve been making these sweet little 12″ pillows to sell. They are the perfect accent pillow, and I’ve been making them with chunky yarn so they work up quickly. This one will be another 12″ one made with the scraps from the other three. You can find the other pillows in my Etsy shop!
Lately I’ve been trying valiantly to reduce the number of works in progress I have sitting around the coffee table. It started as a need to clean up the living room [my craft room is under siege at the moment by spare furniture from the bedroom. Anyone want a box spring?] and that blossomed into a need to clean out my work baskets.
But I’m pleased to say that this has resulted in several new items going up in the shop, and some beautiful new works are being created [because of course I hated what I had started on months ago!].
Here’s a peak at what’s on the hook lately:
New Wedding Blanket
This is one that I have started over three times now. Nothing seemed to fit! Finally I stumbled upon a project I had started with this stitch, tried it out with these colors, and now I’m in love.
New Baby Blanket
This one isn’t planned for anyone. It’s mostly a way to work on this new stitch, and so far I’m….eh about it. I like the stitch and I like the color, but I’m not sure a whole blanket will work well.
New Pillow #1
I really like this one! Aside from some frustrations with miscounting every few rows, I really like this stitch pattern. It’s made from my big store of scrap yarn, and I’m loving the color combos.
New Pillow #2
These squares were originally going to be a huge blanket for our bed, but I got bored. So I’m giving them new life as a pillow and I really like the way it’s turning out! I’m excited to finish it up and get it all put together!
As I shared last week, I’ve been pretty busy lately! But thankfully, the craziness has slowed down a bit, and I am able to get back to hooking up things I love!
Here’s a look at what’s on my hook this week:
The first of this year’s wedding blankets! I love the pattern I created for these hexies and the way the colors work together.
And because I can’t just work on one project at a time, here’s another!
Catching up on a crochet a day project! This started as a part of the crochet mood blanket, but quickly became just trying to do one square a day. I’m only 60 some squares behind?
What’s on your hook?