Monday, May 28, 2012

A little yarn will soothe me.

I have always liked to do things with my hands. I like to create. I always wished I could paint, but I don't have that ability - to transfer an idea to paper with a brush.

What I can do is work with yarn, or fabric. When Noah was first diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder I started a weighted blanket and vest business. I worked with his OT at the time to design a vest that would grow with the child. It was fun, but ultimately what I could charge for it was never enough to cover the labor involved. Then I became pregnant with Kiel and by six or seven months I was so tired I didn't want to sew.

It took almost four years for me to get the urge and the energy together to pick up a needle again. Or, in this case, a crochet hook. This is the second baby blanket I have crocheted this year. I found this Drops design on the website, and adapted it to baby blanket size. My individual squares are closer to 4 in by 4 in. The blanket itself is made up of seven rows of six squares.

I like the zig-zag stitch used to connect the squares. I need to work on the corners a bit so the connection is a little prettier. I like the edge because it is simple. This blanket is for a boy so I didn't want anything frilly.

The circles inside each square remind me of the sun a bit, so my next blanket is going to use this pattern but with a nice warm yellow yarn.

It feels good to be creating again. Now I just need to learn to balance better so I'm still crocheting, but also keeping up on my poorly neglected blog.

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  1. Beautiful! I love it! I can knit but my attention span can't handle it. I would like to get the hang of crocheting and I can do a chain for 100 miles but getting that second row on is one gigantic knot mess. None of the youtube videos or picture tutorials online have helped my problem either :o) LOL

  2. Beautiful! The auction IS coming up you know... ;-)

  3. I'm waiting for your next post.
    You know the "one" that is going to go viral!!

    I love you.
    I can't wait to see you.


  4. Very nice work. I also find that crocheting is soothing to the brain. I crochet during the Ninja's karate classes. It seems to reduce stress, at least temporarily.

  5. Hi, I just found your blog. I have a son adopted from Vidnoye orphange, October 2002. My son is now 10 1/2. Cindy

  6. I did not realize until I read this that Kiel was not adopted.