Oh, Baby!

Recently - right in the middle of my Christmas/birthday/poncho crochet marathon - my good friend and her husband were chosen to adopt a beautiful baby girl! While I was excited for them, I was in a bit of a frenzy to make her baby afghan.

I have a personal policy for crocheted gifts - I don't make afghans ahead of time. I mean, I don't make wedding afghans or baby afghans to have on hand. I make each one - from chain to trim - for a specific person, for a specific event. I start baby afghans after the mother is expecting. I start wedding afghans after the couple sets a wedding date. This usually gives me plenty of time. This time I only got a week! (The mom and dad only got 3 days notice).

I had already chosen the pattern and yarn for the blanket, when I found out they were "cleared" for adoption. I believe it is called "Baby's Joyful Arrival" and it is from Leisure Arts' Afghans for All Seasons (Book 3) (at least I think it was book 3).

The blanket took me about 40 hours of steady crocheting. And I'm a pretty darn fast crocheter! I think it turned out beautifully, but I don't think I will make one again - unless it is for my own next child! I think the 40 hours wouldn't be as big of a deal if it wasn't all in one week, especially at this time of year.

The pattern is a chevron, where each band consists of 7 rows, with the center row being of contrasting popcorns, bookended by keyholes and double crochets. The bands alternate from primarily pink to primarily white.


posted by Unknown on Thursday, December 29, 2005 @ 12:31 PM


Love My Baby

I have been too busy crocheting (and cleaning and wrapping and mailing and working and...) to write about it!

Back at the beginning of December, my baby turned one. I made her a poncho/hat/scarf set as her "clothes" item from my husband and me for her birthday (we always do something to read, something to play with, and something to wear).

I started with a big ball of the Sensations pink tonal boucle yarn (JoAnn's brand) and made two rectangular panels that went through one round of the color variation (dark pink to white) in a simple crochet stitch, and then crocheted the two together with a slip stitch to make a poncho. This was my first poncho, and I got the length to width ratio a little off - her head hole was far too small!! I undid a few stitches on one seam, and it made a nice lapel and collar.

I still had a huge ball of yarn left, so I made a simple scarf. Each piece of the fringe had to be knotted, so as to not unravel. That was a bummer.

Then I made the hat. For the main body of the hat I held a strand of white Caron Simply Soft with the boucle. When I got to where I wanted the brim to be, I increased slightly with each row to flare it a little, and tripled over the boucle. I just picked a piece of the yarn about yard from where I was crocheting and pulled it up to the hook, crocheted with the tripled over yarn until it ran out, and the repeated until I got the brim the size I wanted.

She gets comments on the set whenever she wears it out (and she usually does - it's light enough for her to move and play in)!


posted by Unknown on Tuesday, December 27, 2005 @ 2:34 PM