It never even occurred to me that my husband would like a crocheted blanket. So, when he commented on how cozy this one would be when he grabs a quick nap on the sofa, I was thrilled.
I make all my blankets with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton, using a 5.5 mm hook. This one is 140 stitches across and I made it about seven feet long so it would cover my hubby’s 6-foot-tall frame. This is my favourite stitch, called the Woven Stitch, but is also known as the Granite Stitch and the Moss Stitch. To finish it off, nicely, I crocheted a border that is several rows deep.
I love working on these blankets–or, afghans–when I’m watching television because it’s so relaxing and doesn’t require any counting or real concentration. By the way, these Bernat colours I used in this one are Country Red, Sage Green, Jute and Overcast. Here are some close-ups.
The border…first two rows: dc, ch1, across. Next three rows, woven stitch. Last row scallops made in your favourite way.
That’s it for now. I hope this inspires you to make a cozy blanket for someone special in your life. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll drop in again, soon.
I used to think of glass as an unyielding medium. Boy, was I wrong!
Glass-on-glass cardinal. I was so excited when I finished it that I wanted to take a photo right away so I could post it. That’s my sweet husband’s thumb on the left, patiently holding my art up to the window while I took the photo.
Learning how to make something with stained glass had been on my bucket list for decades. So, I finally took a class on how to make a sun-catcher. While I enjoyed the class, and was very proud of my finished product, I wasn’t convinced that stained glass was my “thing.” That said, I spent hours and hours wandering through Pinterest and found myself captivated and inspired by the photos of stained glass art. Sometimes you have to try something more than once to really get a taste for it, right? Well, three or four stained glass workshops later, I’m hooked!
Back to my statement about glass being unyielding: once you learn the basics of cutting glass, you can make it take on any shape you want. This cardinal, (shown above) which I made today in a workshop led by Cindy Laneville, well-known Ottawa Valley stained glass artist, demonstrates beautifully how glass can be manipulated with a couple of simple hand tools.
I hope this inspires you to try something new. Check your bucket list and just go for it!
I have been using my left over cotton yarn to make colourful and cuddly little blankets for tots. They all go to a local shelter for women and their children. I hope they bring smiles to some little faces. I hope this inspires you to do something creative with your left-over yarn and fabric. (Hats, mittens scarves, stuffed animals, doll clothes…we are only limited by our imagination. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas and inspiration). 🙂
Now that my children and grandchildren are all grown up and prefer to wear the latest styles (not Grammie’s crocheted stuff), I decided to start making afghans for less fortunate children. I have tons of colourful craft cotton, which never gets fuzzy or worn-looking and can take a real beating. Perfect for the little ones to curl up in. I’ve made three, so far, and have a fourth on on the go and a fifth one planned. I love to be busy, especially when I’m just sitting on the sofa watching television. Anyway, blah, blah, blah…here are my first three afghans. Feel inspired?
This is a close-up of one that I crocheted as a simple rectangle. To keep it interesting, I used a variety of simple stitches, including single, half-double and double crochet.
Here’s the second one, which I made from 12 simple granny squares. I crocheted them together with white yarn and added a simple border. Well, Cookie seems to like it!
Here’s the third one, just one big granny square with lots of bright colours.
Afghans numbers four and five are in the works, so come on back soon to see what I’m doing with my giant basket of yarn.