Thursday, November 21, 2013

Modern Take on the Granny Square

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Is it me, or is the granny square (kind of) back in?
Just me? Well anyway,

I wanted to work on a new project awhile back (while pregnant) that I could do sitting/laying down/being lazy
and also that I could pick up and bring with me anywhere.
I toyed with the idea of doing a hexy quilt like Jodi… but you know… it seemed a little too daunting at the time, so I landed on this granny square afghan. 

My inspiration and granny square pattern came from this post of a BEAUTIFUL rainbow blanket by Tangled Happy.
You can find the crochet pattern here.
I should also mention that the inspiration blanket was made with really gorgeous purl soho fibers, and you can even buy a kit here.

But here is my take on it.

I used a thicker yarn and larger needle and used fewer colors, opting out of the pinks and purples since I wanted to use this in the boys' room.
My fiber choice was Vickie Howell's "sheepish" collection by Caron.
They are nice bold colors and super soft.
The inside of the squares are the following colors: Gunmetal, Grey, Navy, Robin Egg, Turquoise, Teal, Red, Coral, Pumpkin, Yellow, Olive, Chartreuse, and Lime.
The border of each square is White (which is really an off white). I also used that to crochet my squares together.

This turned out to be a fairly large blanket. I hate it when blankets don't cover your whole self.
So all in all I used about two skeins of each color, and a heck of a lot of the white (I lost count, but maybe around 9 or 10?).

As mentioned above, I love granny squares because they're portable. Just my yarn and a crochet hook (size H/8-5.00mm), and I was set. You also don't have to bring the whole project with you to keep working.

I'm stoked with the way it turned out.
It just invites you to relax and have some more coffee, am I right?
Speaking of…

Until next time!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

An Introduction

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He's here!

Michael Joseph
born October 25th
7 lbs. 3 oz.
19 in.
10 fingers. 10 toes.

We couldn't be more in love with this guy.
And Ben is doing an AWESOME job at being a big brother.

So some updates if you should care:

The Etsy shop is going to stay closed until at least the new year. I'm not sure what direction I'm going to head next with sales, but I thank you all for your patience.
I really am hoping to get my inventory back up for Easter and First Communion sales in the Spring! Pray for me in this regard! :)

Blog: I'll be posting my own projects in the meantime here on the blog. This guy to the left is so cute, and this face begs for some baby crafting.

Many of you have asked for templates for my Jesse Tree Ornaments. I'm hoping to at least have some rough templates for you all in the upcoming weeks in time for Advent. Wish me luck! :)

Thanks again for all of your thoughts and prayers for baby Michael. He is such a sweet baby, and we are so grateful!