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A friend of mine is having a baby soon. I believe that babies should be welcomed with handmade goodies, so I decided to crochet a blanket. Since I didn’t have enough coordinating yarn in the stash and friend lives in a different country to me I sent her a link to the Knit Picks web site (they now deliver to Australia) and asked her to choose a few colours. That way I could be sure that what I made would fit in with items she already has for the baby. When we visited Australia at Christmas time I picked up my order of yarn, I used Knit Picks Shine Sport, and began.

This was worked on while flying to the USA and it covered my legs in the cold Maryland weather (I’d forgotten how nice it was to snuggle under blankets while working on them). I then finished it off when I got back to PNG and  finally, last week Gorgeous Man posted it to my friend when he was in Australia.

The pattern is Neat Ripple and the instructions were really clear and made the whole process very easy. This was my first time doing chevrons.

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It was also my first time to do a crochet moss stitch border.

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Colours are most accurate in the last photo. The mother-to-be has received the blanket and tells me that she is thrilled with it.

I really enjoyed making this pattern and working with the yarn. I suspect that I’ll be making a bigger version for myself one day (when/if we live in a cooler place).

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Last year Gorgeous Girl asked if I would make the birthday present for her best friend. We looked through Ravelry together and decided on the following patttern: Tiny Long-legged Cat.

I used yarn that Gorgeous Girl and I had dyed earlier in the year. This yarn was found in an opshop (thrift store) and was truly horrible to work with. Very rough and scratchy, at the completion of the project Gorgeous Girl was given the remaining yarn to play use as she saw fit (this has resulted in yarn mazes around the house and yard).

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According to Gorgeous Girl this cat with attitude was a big hit at the party.

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Gorgeous Girl’s friend has now relocated back to Australia, but the girls are keeping up with each other through weekly skype video calls. I’m so thankful for technology that allows the tyranny of distance to be defeated.

 

 

 

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The end of the year was, as previously mentioned, a bit frantic but I did want to make something personal to tuck into the gifts for Gorgeous Girl’s teachers this year. In the end I settled on making some crocheted bookmarks. This Radiant Rose bookmark was crocheted out of handspun. You can find the pattern here.

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I hot glued the rose to a large paperclip.

The second bookmark I made was a bird. I really loved how this turned out, it was lots of fun. Pattern can be found here.

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This was made from sock yarn scraps. Many moons ago I made Gorgeous Girl a cardigan from this yarn and there’s still yarn left over. She liked the bird so much she asked for one of her own. I don’t have a picture of that one though.

I like the bird so much that I think when I get back to Papua New Guinea I’m going to make myself one.

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I’m working on another blanket. Pattern is on Ravelry here.

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If you’re not a member of Ravelry, you can find it here.

I’ve adapted the pattern to join-as-you-go because I’m not a fan of sewing lots of squares together.

I’m really loving how this is coming together. Hopefully the recipient will like it just as much as I do. I’m a bit worried that I might need to buy more yarn for it as I changed my original plan…

I’m a self-taught crocheter and I’d really love to be able to take a class or three as I’m sure that there are things I’m doing wrong, or that there are things that I do which I could do better. Perhaps when we move to our next place there will be a local yarn store with classes. (One can dream right?)

 

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For the last month I’ve worked on nothing else except this project.

It got delivered today so I can show it in it’s glory.

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The pattern is Ribbon Afghan. Details about this blanket on Ravelry. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out.

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Now I need to finish the butterfly finger puppet for Gorgeous Girl that I put aside to work on this and start the next crochet blanket for a family member who is expecting a baby in a few months time.

Right now we are in Australia for our mid-year leave and I have a four hour car drive this morning. Since Gorgeous Man will be driving I am hoping to get lots of crocheting done.

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Blanket

The blanket is coming along. I’m working on this exclusively at the moment hoping to get it done before we visit Australia in July.

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I’m really hoping I have enough yarn to get it finished before we arrive in Australia.

 

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When I was in grade three or four, our class was divided along gender lines and we were taught a craft one afternoon a week. The boys got to bang blocks of wood together (and I desperately wanted to do that) and the girls got to do things like embroider (I remember the teacher laughing at me when I asked her to re-thread my string I should have said thread apparently…). After embroidery for a few weeks we were taught to crochet. My classmates churned out dozens of colourful bookworms and I managed to produce a tangled mess. I never did get a bookworm of my own.

When I saw this bookworm pattern on Ravelry I decided it was high time that my eight year old self (and my eight year old daughter) got a crocheted bookworm.

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Mine are in decidedly nicer yarn than was used back then. The green is a cotton yarn from an indie-dyer in South Africa and purple is handspun I dyed myself.

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In its natural habitat.

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