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FO’s & WIP’s

I haven’t had too much time to craft since the birth of my daughter at the end of August, but before she was born, I was able to complete a couple of projects for her.

The first one I finished was her Hugs & Kisses Layette, minus the booties (I didn’t have enough yarn to make them, unfortunately). I am so happy with the way this turned out! I used Baby Bee’s Sweet Baby Delight in Little Princess, which is a dark pink. I found beautiful, iridescent flower buttons at Jo-Ann’s to complete the cardigan. Now that the weather is getting cooler, I can’t wait to pull out this set for her to wear.

Finished

Hat 1 Hat 2

Next on my FO list is Willow’s Shell Headband. For this project, I used Baby Bee’s Sweet Delight Baby in Pink a Boo. It’s a very soft acrylic yarn which means it’s machine washable – a must for anything to do with kids! It turned out beautifully but it was definitely not a newborn size. I have to be honest and say that the pattern left a lot to be desired and was difficult to figure out sizing (and I say that with the utmost respect as a 18+ year crocheter). I guessed as best as I could as there is no gauge given. I would say the pattern, as written, would fit a 6+ month old. My finished headband didn’t turn out at all like the picture, even though I followed the pattern exactly. :/ It’s still beautiful though! I crocheted the flower using Teresa Richardson’s Slinky Crochet Flower pattern. I chose this one because it’s incredibly customizeable (is that even a word?). You don’t have to create 2 alike if you don’t want to. The pattern includes several different petal types that you can blend to make the perfect flower. I used the same yarn and color as the project above and looks fabulous against the pale pink!

Willow's Shell Headband

Now on to my WIP’s… I started Willow’s afghan/baby blanket at the end of July hoping to have at least the blocks finished before her arrival. I have to be honest and say that I’m not a big fan of knitting blankets. They seem to take FOREVER and I’m just too impatient. I decided to go with granny squares to make it an easily portable project. I wanted this afghan to represent our family full circle so I chose our wedding colors: pink, orange, and green. I’m using Joyce Lewis’ Simple 10-Petal Afghan Square as the base and doing 3 different color combinations.

Green SquarePink Square

Orange Square

I adore this pattern and think the colors really shine with it. The most difficult part of this pattern was figuring out how to to the last step. The designer included picture tutorials which are incredibly helpful! Once that was figured out, it goes pretty quickly. I can get one square completely finished in about 1 1/2 hours. Without the border, the afghan should be about 45″ x 45″. I haven’t decided yet on a border, how thick to make it, or which color(s) to use. I have a little ways to go yet as I only have about 12 of 36 blocks completed.

Since I had surgery and was laid up for about 5 days, I decided to pull out the Holly Days Throw that I started in 2011. It was a pattern I received through a Creative Knitting Magazine newsletter and I completely fell in love when I saw it. My only advice with this pattern is if you don’t like seed stitch, you probably wouldn’t like knitting this. The first and last 22 rows (of like hundreds of stitches) are seed stitch as well as the first and last 11 stitches per row. It creates a gorgeous border though!

Well, that’s about all I have for now so until next time, much love and many crafty blessings!

♥Courtney♥

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Little Harrison’s Knits

I’ve finished the knitting part of Harrison’s Steeler’s Inspired Wrap. I’m incredibly happy with the way it turned out! The only thing left to do is wash/lanolize it, add the fabric backing, and snaps (I’m adding fabric to the back where the snaps will be to help reinforce them). The wrap is very soft and I’m excited to see him in it!

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Design F

I also finished Harrison’s Spiral Baby Blanket and I can’t wait to use this with him! I fell in love with the pattern when I saw it and I’m even more in love with it now that it’s finished! The only thing I would change next time around is making sure that both yarns are the same weight. Although they are both categorized as worsted, the yellow was definitely thinner than the blue. I ended up loosing up my stitches when working with the yellow yarn so that the blanket won’t pucker.

Nautical Spiral Baby Blanket FO

I love this pattern so much I want to make one for Love Bug and one for Little Love!

Design F

Now that both of my Harrison projects are complete, I’m moving on to starting his prefolds. I found a couple of great, thick flannel shirts at the thrift store the other day that will be perfect for prefolds. I’m in the process of striping and washing them since I don’t know what and/or if detergent or softener was used on them.

Design F

I’m also starting another knit project but can’t reveal it yet due to it being a gift and I know the recipient reads this. 😉 Once it’s completed and gifted, I’ll update you with the details. Let’s just say it will be GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to get it completed and gifted!

That’s what I’ve got for today so until next time, much love and many blessings!

♥Courtney♥

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My First Sewing Endeavor

I made my first attempt at sewing since middle school. When Andy and I were looking for a crib set for Trinity awhile back we found one that we really liked at Babies R’ Us. The problem is that the set costs almost $200 which I find pretty ridiculous. So I decided to sew the bumpers myself. I found a Simplicity pattern for nursery items and got the fabric, batting, ribbons from Jo-Ann Fabrics on sale. The fabric I found perfectly matched the crib sheet and valance that my mom purchased for her for Christmas so I was really excited to get started on it. I borrowed my sister’s sewing machine and sat down to start. I took one look at it and couldn’t figure out what to do first. I know I needed to thread the bobbin but couldn’t figure out where the bobbin went. Then, after figuring that out, I got everything else threaded, the fabric cut, and started to “sew”. Needless to say, it wasn’t working. So after 45 minutes of frustration and looking through the manual to see what I was doing wrong, I finally called my sister. I found out that I had everything right except the thread was not threaded properly (it’s supposed to be back to front and I had it the opposite way so it kept coming out when trying to sew). Smh… It took me 2 days to do the first of the two long bumpers. Once I got the hang of it, it only took me a day to finish the rest of them. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of how well they turned out. I’m not going to win any awards or anything but for my first project, they’re pretty awesome!

One thing I do love about these bumpers is that they’re reversible.

My next FO is an adorable crochet hat for Trinity to come home in. The pattern didn’t call for a hook size so I experimented with the ones I have on hand. I started with a G and that was too small so I went to an H. That was still too small and the only other size I have is a K. That one would have been too big but I just eliminated the last increase row and it worked perfectly. I used Bernat Softee Baby in pink for the hat and white and mint green for the flower. I can’t wait to put it on her!

So ending the month on a goal note:

  • I’ve designed 1 of 5 patterns
  • I have 2 of 15 FO’s

Not a bad way to start 2012 if I do say so myself!

Much love and blessings,

♥Courtney♥

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