April 11, 2019

symmetrical stripe crochet baby blanket




Here's another super basic crochet pattern. It's just rows of double-crochet, worked with two strands at a time. Choose whatever four colors you like.

Here's how I made each of these:

supplies:
Caron Simply Soft yarn:
- 2 skeins white
- 2 skeins color A
- 2 skeins color B
- 2 skeins color C
- 2 skeins color D

steps:

Work with two strands at a time, held together so it's like you're just using one thick strand.
Chain 92.
In the third chain from the hook, double-crochet. Continue double-crocheting to the end of the row (90 DC).
*Chain 2 and turn.
DC 90.
Repeat from *.

Here are the row counts:
9 rows color A
2 rows white
8 rows color B
2 rows white
8 rows color C
2 rows white
8 rows color D
2 rows white
8 rows color D
2 rows white
8 rows color C
2 rows white
8 rows color B
2 rows white
9 rows color A

Each finished blanket measures about 34" by 42" (give or take, since double-crochet has a lot of stretch to it).

April 10, 2019

Smithsonian Castle





Here are a few more spring in DC photos. Such a joy to live here.

April 9, 2019

bold stripe crochet baby blanket




I've been trying to bang out crocheted baby blankets like a machine and this pattern is both super easy and super satisfying. I love a bold stripe, and the bright colors combined with white have such a fun summer vibe. Pretty sure I'll be making a few more of these with other colors (looking at you, green, yellow, and orange).

Here's how I made each of these:

supplies:
6 skeins Caron Simply Soft yarn - color of choice (for these ones I used, from left to right, soft pink, royal blue, watermelon, and cobalt blue)
4 skeins Caron Simply Soft yarn - white

steps:
Work with two strands at a time, held together so it's like you're just using one thick strand.
Chain 92.
In the third chain from the hook, double-crochet. Continue double-crocheting to the end of the row (90 DC).
*Chain 2 and turn.
DC 90.
Repeat from *.
That's it!
I alternated 9 rows of color with 9 rows of white, with a total of five colored sections and four white sections.

Each finished blanket measures about 33" by 41" (give or take, since double-crochet has a lot of stretch to it).

I haven't washed any of these yet, but I've done lots of crocheting with the Caron Simply Soft brand yarn in the past, and I've never had any issues with machine washing and drying. I do all my laundry with pretty low temperatures (cold wash, low temperature in the dryer), and everything I've previously made with this yarn tends to just get softer over time.

April 8, 2019

maple bacon cinnamon rolls









At the end of March, I spent a couple hours one Sunday morning making some maple bacon cinnamon rolls, and they reminded me how much I love baking. Creating something from raw materials is one of my greatest joys, whether it's a pastry or a crocheted scarf or a quilt. It's totally cliche, but sometimes I need to remind myself: Do it for the process.

(That said, I do have a pretty serious craft supply hoarding problem, and I think the best way to deal with that is to focus on easy, quick projects that will eat up a lot of materials. Nothing that would require a lot of planning or labor. Think simple striped crochet baby blankets and straightforward patchwork quilts. I DO want to eventually push myself to learn more advanced crafting techniques, but until I get the stash busted a bit, I think I'll feel too overwhelmed to actually focus on those details. So, that's all just a warning that the next few months will be filled with projects that are super basic and repetitive. I'd just ask you to bear with me, please and thank you.)