Knit and Crochet

I love to knit and crochet as much as I like to bake (maybe even more).  I also play lots of golf.  But if I'm not on the golf course, I'm knitting, crocheting, or baking.  So here's a little space to share some of my hand knit and crochet.

This is my latest knitted blanket.



Don't you just love the diamonds??



The pattern is a Bernat pattern, and I used Charisma Big! yarn from Michael's.  It is a very soft acrylic yarn in off white that knit up very nicely. 

I, of course, have a brand new blanket on the needles, and it is a design of my own.  When it is done, I will happily share it here.

I don't know about knitting being the new yoga, but I get the sentiment!

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There's a reason there's no baking on my baking blog or photographing with my Canon DSLR.  Cudjoe and I are spending some time away from home, and the only baking is break and bake cookies, and one time I made brownies from a mix, which, by the way, you can't hardly beat!

I have, however, been knitting a lot, but I always knit every day, even if just for half an hour.  

I finished one of these baby blankets and made the other one while we are away.  Two hand knit baby blankets for two brand new baby boys.



I designed them myself.  No biggie.  I made one in moss stitch with a garter stitch border and a picot bind-off.  The blanket with the brown garter stitch border was seed stitch with a picot bind-off in white.



I used Hobby Lobby's I Love this Cotton yarn.   The yarn I used for the border and bind off was Lion Brand's - Martha Stewart's line of yarn, which has sadly been discontinued.  I bought two skeins of this yarn a year ago at Michael's, and just found the perfect project to use it for, and I really like this yarn.  I love the color. 

Now to get them back home to hand wash and mail to their respective bundles of joy!

Besides knitting, I've also been doing a lot of this:



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This pattern is from the book Wearwithall.



I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.  It is 100% acrylic yarn and is incredibly soft.  I washed this blanket and dried it in the dryer on low setting.  It turned out beautifully.



It is all garter stitch; so, I could mindlessly knit while binge watching Shameless on Amazon Prime.



It turned out a lot larger than I thought it would, but, oh, so beautiful and cozy.



There have been a lot of gloomy, overcast days,  and rainy days here; so knitting filled the hours.  I finished it and had to wait for a sunny day to take photographs.





I love this blanket, and I have a tendency to want to keep the blankets I make, but I gave this one to my son and daughter-in-law!

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This is a Debbie Bliss pattern, and it is in one of her magazine issues.  I absolutely adore this blanket for a baby gift.  I have made two.  This blanket I made for my new granddaughter.  I used I Love this Cotton! Yarn once again.  You can't beat it.  Lots of yarn for a good price, and it can be thrown in the washing machine.  I always despair over two things about my knitted gifts:  One:  Do people really want a hand knit gift?  And two, I want to make something that can be used and washed, when necessary.

In today's busy world, I don't think most people will take the time to hand wash things; and this fiber can be washed on delicate in the machine.



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I made these Moss Grid Hand Towels from the Book Mason * Dixon Knitting.  

I have knit four of them in four different colors and I change them out in my "powder room"; however, I don't hang them to be used, only to be looked at!  I always have another hand towel for drying.

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This is Fussy Cuts Blanket from the book Craft Activism.  The designers are Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason Dixon Knitting.  I used Lion Brand Amazing Yarn for the squares and I Love this Wool yarn from the Hobby Lobby for the borders.  Sweet little Molly thought I made this blanket for her!

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I made this baby blanket for my husband's granddaughter.  It, too, is made from I Love This Cotton! Yarn.  It is so soft next to baby's skin.  I am a fan of wearing cotton clothes;  I don't care for wool next to my skin, although, I do love knitting with wool.



I also made this baby blanket for her, as well.  However, I wasn't quite satisfied with it.  It is a garter stitch blanket, and I do lurve garter stitch.  On a brighter note, I think it is a great blanket to lay in the floor to lay baby on.  The orange also bled into the off-white on this blanket, as well.  Again, I was disappointed by this, but I am not sure what to do about it.  I knit this one first and then knit the one above after I finished this one.

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How about this super cute blanket!!  I crocheted this blanket for a gift for a friend's baby.  Her nursery was Winnie the Pooh themed.  I found the pattern on a blog that I absolutely adore, Dada's Place.  This lady is super talented!  I absolutely love everything she does!!

At the time I crocheted this blanket, the pattern was free on her blog; however, I am not sure if is free now or not.  She sells her patterns online now.  If you like to crochet, take a look at her blog.  It is fantastic!

This blanket is also made with I Love this Cotton! Yarn from the Hobby Lobby.  I love knitting with this cotton yarn, and it is perfectly soft for baby.  I will say; however, when I hand washed it, the red bled into the yellow.  You can't really see that in this picture, and that was a bit disappointing.  I'm not sure what to do about that.=

=If anyone has any ideas about that, I would love to hear from you.=

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I finished this fun little crocheted ripple blanket while we were in Destin in February of 2015; right after I retired.  Wow!  Retiring was a stressful transition for me, and the weather wasn't particularly  cooperative that February in Destin.  Lots of cool, rainy days; so, I crocheted.  Nothing like knitting and crocheting to make me happy.

I don't remember what pattern I used.  But my grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was a girl, and a ripple blanket is the very first blanket I ever made.

I love the little pom poms on the border!!  This one was lots of fun, particularly watching all the colors come together.  I also made this blanket with I Love this Cotton! Yarn.  It was a gift for my niece.

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I made this Log Cabin Scrap Blanket last winter.  I cleaned out a lot of my stash of wool that I had collected over the past ten years!

I absolutely love it.  It was so much fun to knit, and you can do it while watching T.V. or listening to a book.  It's so much fun to watch all the colors come together in a beautiful, fun blanket.  I had enough scraps left over to make blocks for another blanket which are waiting to be put together!





I started this blanket last year in September and finished it a year later in time to enter it into a local fair.  I won a first-place ribbon.  Oh, how I loved knitting this blanket, and it turned out great!  I knit it with I Love this Cotton! Yarn from the Hobby Lobby.

This blanket is very heavy and so very cozy.  I had so much fun knitting this blanket.  It was so cool to see all the beautiful colors come together.  I absolutely looked forward to making each and very square!!

The pattern is in the book Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide.

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Happy Knitting!!
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