Monday, March 9, 2009

oh baby! we're outta here!

I've been working on some baby gifts. We have some friends that are expecting and I love any excuse to make sweet baby stuff. I've been wanting to try my hand at crocheting some trim on a receiving blanket, so my friend Mary, crocheter extraordinaire, came over and between my sewing skills and her crocheting skills we each got started. Each blanket is just a yard of flannel, pre-washed and then hemmed. I love these tiny Swiss dots. After you put the hem in, you simply go around the edge of the blanket poking and crocheting. This trim is just a simple single crochet done three times in each poke. (I'm sure there is a more official term...but I'm just a beginner crocheter). Mary called it a shell stitch...I think. I used cotton crochet thread (the label read size 10) and a size 8 steel crochet hook. I've finished the pink blanket and I'm working on the green. The flannel is so soft and the trim adds just enough extra to make the blanket special. I'll be doing more of these. I'll take the green one with me today to finish in the van.

So, baby - We're outta here! We're heading south for a basketball trip. We'll be going to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. The varsity basketball team that Maggie plays on and that John helps to coach, the Warriors, is playing in the HSPN tournament. 12 girls...4 nights....lots of memories I'm sure. I've got my knitting packed. I'll be back sometime next week. Have a great one!

15 comments:

amanda said...

Have a great trip Lisa! Your baby blankets are gorgeous!

Kristyn Knits said...

have a wonderful trip together! be safe and bring home some wins.
trying to figure out what you're knitting...wisp and what else? looks like you have a good supply.

fromallstitchedup said...

I love the baby blankets. I have a friend who might need one of those. Have a great time at the tournament.

Cat said...

There's a nice knitting shop in Lynchburg - called Suzanne's -- I hope you can check it out in Lynchburg!

The WoodLand School said...

Those blankets are *gorgeous*!

Hope you have a great trip ... can't wait to hear how it goes : )

skeinsherway said...

Yay! Good luck to the girls, but more importantly, have some good clean fun!

Happy knitting-
ali

Missy knits said...

What beautiful blankets! Have you started your Rusted Root sweater? I have the pattern and yarn ready to go, but I haven't started yet. I will look forward to watching your progress--maybe it will inspire me to get started too. Have a great trip to Virginia.

mark said...

go warriors! we can't wait to hear the news from central VA. be safe. and i am just wondering if there was anything you weren't planning to be good at?! great job with the blankets, way cool crocheting.

larissa said...

your blankets are perfect. what do you use to poke the holes with?
Have a safe trip - what great family time! have you started the rusted root. it's on my list too but i just cast on for the diminishing rib cardigan today.

Journeying Five said...

have a great trip! way to go on the crocheting!

caroline said...

Those baby gifts are darling!

Hope the basketball game was great!

Mary said...

The blankets look great! You are a speedy crafter. I've been taking some breaks and not doing as much needlework because sometimes I get pain in my left hand and arm so then I know it's time to stop.

Kristyn Knits said...

so looking forward to my closest companion to come back home.

Christina said...

I'm going to HAVE to try that. It's charming and very easy looking. I'm just finished making two flannel baby quilts and four flannel baby quilt tops. Plus I'm working on a knitted baby blanket. I obviously love making baby things too. ; )

Emily said...

Mom made some blankets like that for Ellie! They are my hands down favorites and i will keep them forever.