Saturday, April 13, 2013
I've done it. I completed my first afghan. It might now seem like a huge accomplishment, especially since it is crib size, but for me it is. I'm a bit of an instant gratification crafter. I don't want to spends weeks or months working on a project. I want things to come together quickly.
I knew I wanted to make the baby a blanket, even though blankets are the last thing that we need to get ready for this baby. It just seems right to work on a blanket for the new baby.
I went to the store to pick out some yarn, and ended up with these three colors: Sage, Fern, and Silk from Bernat. The yarn is from their satin line.
I didn't have a pattern worked out in my mind when purchasing the yarn, so when I got home I had to figure out a pattern that would work up using roughly the same amount of each color of yarn.
The pattern is nothing fancy. Double crochet with a double thickness of yarn all the way across. 4 rows blue, 2 white, 4 green, 2 white, 4 blue (repeated three times). I did a single row of double crochet in white for the border. I used a J sized hook, so that the afghan would work up even faster. It took me a few days, but that really isn't so bad. All in all I used 2 skeins green, 3 blue, and 3 white. I got the yarn on sale, so it wasn't really too expensive.
It's funny, when I was picking out the colors, I honestly thought I was being original in my color selection. Then I got home, looked around, and discovered that it is one of my favorite combinations (take a look at my blog, business cards, bedspread, you name it). Oh well.
So even though a new blanket might not be a necessity for baby boy number three, it makes me feel like I'm getting ready to welcome him home.
What are your favorite projects for welcoming baby? And for those of you with multiple children, what baby items do you find are needs for 2,3,or 4, that weren't for number 1? I'd love some input.
By the way, I found the coolest random stripes generator while looking into stripe patterns. You can select your colors, then number of rows you want, and generate your own pattern. Pretty cool. I didn't end up using it, but it seems like a great choice when working with odd amounts of yarn. Check it out.