20 October 2013

# blanket # crafty

Blanket Fever

I've been on a blanket-making binge lately. Maybe it's just because the nights are starting to get colder and colder around here. Which just bums me out. But alas, crochet items do come much more in handy around this time of year. I'm already thinking up wrist warmers and possibly a car wheel cover for those cold mornings when you can barely hold the wheel.

When my husband and I had been married about a year or so, I decided to start my first crochet blanket. I only knew how to do single crochet in a straight line - and felt like making a blanket. In time, as I learned new stitches and techniques, I actually quite grew to hate this blanket. The stitches were uneven, there was a different number of rows in each color stripe, and halfway through it, I changed hook sizes. It's kind of a disaster. Unfortunately, my husband really loved it. So I've felt bad ever since for not wanting to finish it. So - now that I've got a few more skills under my crochet belt, I decided to start another:


I wanted to make a ripple blanket, and got started right away. But then... a friend of mine had a baby girl, and I made her totally cute granny square baby blanket: 



I loved making this one a little bit too much, because I ended up frogging my ripple blanket and deciding I wanted our 'family blanket' to also be a nice big granny square like this one. And so this was born: 


There was two issues with this generation of the blanket - first, those little granny holes are chihuahua-nail traps. No sooner would I get a row finished than a chihuahua would walk by and squeal cause their toes were getting stuck in all the holes. Second - my hubby and I agreed that the royal blue just really wasn't meshing well with the baby and navy blues, so I decided to frog this one as well. 

I started again, still with a granny square-like design, but without the traditional 'granny' holes: 


This is the current state of the blanket. I'm nearing the half-way point as far as size goes, and I'm still in love with it, so I'm thinking I may have FINALLY reached a blanket that I have a chance of actually finishing! Though I'll admit, I've already got a few ideas pinned for other blanket patterns I'd like to tackle... 










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