Bunny Blanket and Stuffy

In May I found out that two of the lovely ladies that I worked with were expecting! I furiously worked on the Honey Bee Blanket knowing that Ms S was moving to another school this Fall.

Also, Mme N wasn’t sure of her baby room colour/theme. Eventually, a theme was picked and off I went to Pinterest for inspiration.  I found a blanket that I liked but since this will be a Fall baby I wanted less mesh. I decided to make one panel with the base pattern then add two other panels with a simple Suzette/Grit stitch. (lots of texture to show off the incredible softness of the yarn.)

A stuffed bunny was also needed. I fell in love with a pattern by One Dog Woof. Sadly I just couldn’t get the pattern to work with Homespun Quick and Thick. ( I ended up making an infinity scarf for my daughter out of that yarn.)

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I wish I had the patience to have made bunny out of that yarn but I’m pleased with how Rory (had to name him) turn out when using Bernat Softee.IMG_20190721_2102010.jpg

Rory turned out to be a cute little bunny. I added my own flair to the pattern by adding in patches on the ears and feet.  I wanted to use some of the yarn from the blanket to tie the two together.

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Whenever I make a stuffed animal I add a crochet heart. The spaces between the stitches in these hearts are filled with love, kindness, and bravery. So the stuffy can take care of his/her child.by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses heart with bravery and kindness

 

The blanket was made using Lion Brand’s Feels Like Butta. OMG I loved working with this yarn. The texture is amazing and it works up beautifully!!!

The bunny blanket panel pattern came from Red Heart Filet Crochet Bunny  I ended up enlarging the diagram then writing on it so I could keep track of rows and spaces.

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I still can not laugh about it but… all my in-progress photos I had the panel draped. They only showing two of the three bunnies. I had intended to have the bottom and top bunnies facing one direction with the middle facing opposite. To my HORROR I only noticed my error when I looked at the end photos on the day I was to gift the blanket.

 

 

The blanket was edged with a fan stitch. Again I wanted texture for this simple baby blanket. I also liked that the edge wasn’t solid since I wanted it to relate to the mesh part of this blanket.

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Mom-to-be was happy with her blanket and my kind FB friends commented that the one wrong direction bunny added character.

I’m torn between making this blanket again (with the middle bunny facing opposite) and leaving this pattern as a one-of-a-kind.

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Honey Bee Baby Blanket

My all time favourite projects are baby blankets! They’re even more special to make when I get to make one for someone I know. ❤

I worked with Ms S for a few years and was ecstatic when she announced that she was expecting. So thrilled for her and happy that I get to make a special blanket! When it was time to make decisions she didn’t know if they wanted to find out the gender of baby. But she did know that yellow was going to be a big part of baby’s room.

While browsing Pinterest I found this inspiration…

I liked the texture of the join and the simple hexagon pattern.  This was May,  I had only a month before the summer break. Next school year Ms S will be at a new school and I will be retired from my job at the school. So I had to get this done!

While wondering the yarn aisles I couldn’t decide on a shade of yellow. So I picked all three ❤ Normally I take photos of the yarn before I start but this time I was so excited I forgot! They’re all Red Heart brand …the medium is Soft Essentials, shade: Lemonade. The other two, if I remember right, are Super Saver. (one is pale yellow and the other… I forget the shade’s name)

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As I pondered the shades of yellow,  I found Red Heart Amigurumi Bee’s  The package comes with enough yarn to make two. I made one bee then used the rest to make my two applique bees.

This was the first time I had to deconstruct the ‘ball’ in order to make the project. It felt a little odd but it is a good way to make sure all the required yarn stays together.

If I had the time I would have purchased another package (the yarn does not frog well.) I didn’t like the line created by working in a spiral as the pattern indicates.

There are several bee applique patterns however I couldn’t find a bee applique pattern that I liked so I just winged it from a few photos. Then put a bazillion stitches in with a bee on each side of the blanket. I was terrified that the bee would come off as baby played.

 

I am very pleased about how this blanket turned out! You can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that the blanket inspired the Mom-to-bee to set up her crib; so she could see it all together!

 

Off my hook in 2018

2018 was a good year; a busy one with a new schedule but enough time to create a few projects.

I’m always excited to create blankets and wee hats for babies! I love the waffle stitch and used it for a few projects because it’s so simple yet it has such an impact. And I adore the classic chevron it just called to me when deciding how to use those oh so soft yarns.

I only made a few but love the amigurumi that I tried this year. Both patterns are from the same designer. A friend loved my little sleeping bunny so much she asked that I make twin bunnies for her. I’ll share more about the Abominable Snowman later. I was pleased with how he turned out but I did have to substitute a different yarn. Kudos to Spin-a-Yarn for her incredible perseverance in using the pipsqueak yarn!!

And naturally I had to make a few scarves! the off white set is sooooo fluffy it’s like having a cloud wrapped around you. The dragonfly scarf is also very soft and currently my only (how did that happen?) #wip !!

I’m very pleased to say I finally finished my sidewalk shawl. So much so that I’ve actually decided to model it to show here!

 

I’ve also made my first cardigan but the photos are hiding! It took me a while to work up the nerve to make something to wear. Since my weight loss journey was near it’s end I decided I could invest some time into a big project. I’ll just have to take some more photos and make a whole new post!

My last big project of the year was a table runner for my sister. She and her hubby go all out decorating their house for Halloween and they LOVE Disney! So when I saw this pattern I altered it a wee bit to add the hidden Mickey ❤

What is ahead for 2019?

Humm, I’ll finish my dragonfly scarf and make a few more because I love my growing collection of scarves ❤

I’ve had some black and red yarn and an idea about creating a Mickey blanket for years now. Perhaps this is the year to finally pick a design? I’ve seen a few C2C patterns that just might work!

I wish you kindness and creativity for 2019!

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