Sunday, May 3, 2015

Where It All Began

This week has been really hectic, but I am trying desperately to get back in the swing of things.  I need to start feeling like myself again as soon as possible.  On the other hand, I don't want to rush anything!  This past weekend, my Little Someone turned one month old.  It's already been ONE MONTH?  How did this happen so quickly?  That realization has been hitting me hard this week as I push with trying to find a schedule so that I can have some free time to blog and to be creative.  The struggle is so real though.

What seems like forever ago at this point, I made some blankets for my Little Someone.
This was definitely a turning point in my little crochet life. All within a few weeks of one another, I figured out how to do an easy ripple stitch for the first time and I figured out how to make African flower squares.  Yes, I did my happy dance!  I can never figure out these gorgeous patterns that I see everywhere.  I always get a little green with envy when I see these beautiful ripple stitch blankets or afghans with a floral stitch.

I was so determined to figure it out, but I would get frustrated with my lack of skills and revert back to my "boring old granny" stitch.  Nothing motivates me more than BABIES!  Hahahaha!  For some reason, I get all crazy and inspired.  Making things for babies gets me in the zone.  I feel overwhelmed with creative ideas.  I also have a bad habit of never finishing projects I start, especially because I love working in motifs.  I never connect them once they're all done.  But let me find out a sweet little baby will be freezing somewhere without my warm, handmade-with-all-sorts-of-love, soft blanket wrapped around its little delicate body.  Uhm.... Ok.  Maybe I am a little crazy and I take things a little too far in my mind, but you get the idea.
I just love all the pictures I see with babies wrapped warmly in handmade blankets and quilts.  There is something extra special about it, and of course, being the attention whore that I can sometimes be, I have to get in on the action and contribute my own source of handmade love out into the world.  This was different though.  I usually don't make blankets that I plan to keep. I also never work this hard to finish something that I start if there is no designated recipient.  Finishing these two blankets was a huge milestone for me. Not only did I manage to finish what I started in a timely manner (the ripple came with us to the hospital), but I was also able to learn a new stitch and a new motif.  Honestly, that's a game changer for me!  Now, I have several projects on the hook following these two designs. What fun is it if you don't change things up a little and experiment with smaller vs. larger ripples and bazillions of color combinations?  Right now, I am on a rampage!



I am also hoping.... Wait for it.... To do a giveaway with a couple of blankets in the very near future.  I just think babies and kiddos sleep so much better with yarny treasures like this...

I love seeing both of my girls wrapped tightly each night in blankets I have made for them.  I want to be able to share that in the coming weeks with two lucky winners.  Stay tuned, as it will be a few weeks.  Life is still a little crazy out in these woods!

Have a great weekend.

 

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