Sunday, January 1, 2012

FINALLY--Baby Blanket Reveal

There is no better way to give a gift than by prefacing it with "When are you stopping by so I can get this thing out of my house?" Tee-hee. Just kidding. Sort of. No, seriously. I'm kidding.

One lonely present has sat beneath the Christmas tree (which we are taking down tomorrow, by the way, not that I suspect you care much) for a few weeks, waiting for my sister's friend to stop by. She's having a wee one in a few months, and I wanted to make her a blanket for the little lad. But I wanted to make one that was a little...unconventional.

I've made blankies for friends before, and I sat there at the baby shower and watched blanket after blanket in all sorts of baby colors being unwrapped. It kind of deflates you because you made it with such love and it's going to get lost in the mix. So this time I thought a little further along the timeline. That baby is going to grow. And wee little blankies in blue and white aren't going to cut it anymore. So I made a blanket that would be better for an older little boy. One who will drag it behind him, spill apple juice on it, wipe his snotty nose on it, and cry for it when it's being washed (I hope--that would be super-flattering to future me).

So here's my reveal -


My inspiration came from this project over at the Purl Bee. I was not spending that much money for yarn, so I tried to find comparable colors, which was really hard to do (so thanks to my sister Alicia for helping me with the choosing). I started knitting it up, but it was going to be so thick and stiff I wasn't sure if the baby was supposed to be wrapped in it or use it for karate practice. So I frogged and decided to crochet the ripples instead.


The colors are softer in actuality than this photo depicts. I love those center three colors together. It starts with olivey green, then mustard yellow, tan, white, silver blue, navy blue (though it looks black), and brown. Because I switched up the pattern from knit to crochet I wasn't entirely sure how it was going to go. It ended up quite wide and fairly short (perfect for wrapping baby), or, if you turn it, long and narrow (perfect for snuggling under). And that, my friends, is how you turn an "I didn't plan it quite like that" into a design feature. I'm just absolutely in love with the look of those ripples.


This was a pleasure from start to finish to crochet. I knew the pattern, had the colors laid out, and was very excited about it. Those three factors together are the trifecta for fun stitchery.




So, Amanda, I hope you love it. I hope it keeps the kiddo cozy. I hope not one shred of it exists by the time he enters junior high. But I do hope he doesn't puke on it. Because that's just gross.

I have one day left of vacation and two things left to accomplish: take down the tree, and sew up my next quilt block. Oh, and a third--start whining about how I don't want to go back to work. Later, amigos!!

I'm sharing here this week:

40 comments:

  1. Aww, poor lonely orphaned quilt... Hope it's rescued soon! Very cool with the waves.

    You're back to work tomorrow? Seriously? You don't get tomorrow in lieu of today?! Man, that's mean! In Scotland, hardened drinkers that we are, we get the 2nd off too, and if either of the 1st or 2nd falls on the weekend, we get the next weekday off (so I get tomorrow and Tuesday off, don't hate me please!)

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  2. Oh, I love the colors! And I totally agree with you about hoping that a blanket that you spend so much time on ends up being a favorite. I was very happy to find out recently that only baby blanket that I've made (so far) is definitely a favorite. Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation!

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  3. I just love that! I used to know how to knit and crochet and I wish I hadn't forgotten. I have a few crocheted blankets I've received as gifts and I love them. They really are cozy. I'm sure that baby will absolutely adore it! Thanks for sharing this! I'm in love with those ripply zig zags!

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  4. Mommy and baby will both love it!!!! Such a pretty blankie!!! Can never tire of the ripple!

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  5. This looks great!! I love the muted colors and the big stripes, very cute :)

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  6. It's gorgeous! I looks like you bought it, great job!

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  7. I love this blanket, especially the colors. I hope that you will share this blanket at my new link party, Some Good Stuff, http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-1.html

    Megan

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  8. Love!!!Love!!Love!! Love the pattern!!and of course the colors!!I'm so glad that you didn't stick with the same blue for boy and pink for girl!!!I'm sure it'll be treasured and loved Beth:D
    Have a great last day vacation!!
    Cause tomorrowwww....uuugghhhh!!!!
    xoxo
    eleni

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  9. This is a wonderful blanket. I have been asked by several people to crochet them a blanket and they've chosen the color (one os a soft pink and the other a a bold blue). I wish mine could turn out like this. I don't know how to do the ripples yet... i have a hard time understanding how to make them. -.-'

    Happy Monday!
    <3 Jenn
    creativelycraftyjenn.blogspot.com

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  10. It is gorgious! Well done you and I am also very pleased to see that you didn't chose typical baby boy colours (I hate gender specific colouring). I bet your sis and bub to be will love it.
    Have a great week,
    Esther.

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  11. Oh wowzer it's a beauty!!
    I bet that is kept forever and will become a family treasure it's simply gorgeous!
    Kandi x

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  12. I'm sure the momma will love it and you're right, it won't be forgotten along with all the other baby blues. It's gorgeous!

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  13. Very special! You should link it with us over at Fibers on Friday, too! Share that beauty!!

    http://plumslife.blogspot.com/

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  14. Pretty ripples in beautiful colors. What a lovely baby blanket! Well done!!

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  15. Love the ripples. Now that's something you don't see on fabric. My kids still use the tiny baby patchwork blankets my MIL made for me hubs when he was a baby. Yep, in shreds but my kids still want to hang on to them.

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  16. It is so beautiful - I am in love with the colors!

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  17. I love everything about this blanket! The colors and pattern is wonderful.

    I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2011/12/pinteresting-link-party-week-twenty.html

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  18. I just love the look of that blanket, all those soft waves. Could I ask HOW you crochet it? I've started to crochet again and would love a project like this since I am to become an Auntie later on in May. It seems so soft and cuddly and I got a colour scheme already in my head!

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  19. beautiful. Crocheting is not one of my talents yet. I admire those who do have that talent though. Your blanket turned out great! I found you at Sugar Bee's take a look Tuesdays.

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  20. Oh that is just absolutely LOVE-A-LISCIOUS! As a fellow crocheter, I just adore what you did here, the color scheme is great. Great job.

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  21. This is great!! I love the colors! Do you have an etsy shop? I'd love to purchase one ;)

    http://mrsvolnoff.blogspot.com/2012/01/decoupaged-desk.html

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  22. This is so beautiful, love the colours, love the ripples and the big wide strips are great. Perfect for a growing boy!

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  23. This is beautiful! The colors are gorgeous...you got skills girl!

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  24. This is stunning! I crochet, but have YET to make any kind of blanket! I want to so bad and this just might be what I needed to see to push me to it!

    I'd love for you to stop by and share at my party!
    http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2012/01/craft-tell-no-38.html

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  25. You know you're a craft nerd when you get excited when someone else types "trifecta for fun stitchery" lol

    Blanket looks great! I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone I know is having kids right now! I'm on my 3rd of 5 blankets, and then I might just make a couple to keep on hand!

    Check it out!
    http://www.envirocraftiness.com/2011/08/cro-hooked-baby-blankets.html

    ~JILL

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  26. Love the non-conventional colors. The last one I made was black and white. Loved it! What kind of yarn did you use?

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  27. I have to admit that when I read "baby blanket" I had visions of some pale blue or pink monstrosity ;-) But not from you of course! This one is beautiful and it's such a great idea to give something that will be used when the child is older than 1 year.

    I got a handmade quilted blanket for my son when he was born. It has really bright colours and 13 years later he still has it in his room. I'm sure this one will be the same :-)

    Thanks for your great comment. I know that you know exactly what I mean ;-) It always makes me wonder when I see great blogs of talented people with very few comments/followers and other blogs of people with no talent but self-promotion with thousands of followers...MEOW! ;-D

    Hope you're well and the post-Christmas-come-down isn't too bad. Love from London xo

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  28. thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
    Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  29. LOVE the waves.. :)) All the colors are BEAUTIFUL..I absolutely ADORE this..THANKS SO MUCH for linking via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. xoxo.. Marilyn...

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  30. Beautiful job! Love the colors you chose! So pretty!

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  31. so pretty - this is my favorite style of crocheted afghan because there are no holes and keeps you warm! just came from Friday Fun Party!!

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  32. WOW.. I am all eyes adoring that blanket.. the colors and the crochet are fantastic.. There nothing about it that I don't love.. I am sure Amanda is going to Love it totally..
    Thanks for sharing.. I'll be featuring it on Friday.. Be sure to check it out..
    Love
    Hani
    P.S: I am your newest follower.. :)

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  33. This is beautiful - I love the waves and how it turned out!I am stopping by from TT&J -

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

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  34. This turned out so sweet and I love the colors! I am sure they will be loved! we are featuring this at the blog today, by the way ^^)

    hugs,
    Lelanie

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  35. I love it! Totally inspired me to make one for my friend who's having a baby. Pinning this so I don't forget!

    Thanks!

    Sarah

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  37. Would you share your crochet pattern for this afghan? I've also seen it on the purl bee but I don't knit that well. I love the look of this.

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  38. Would you share your crochet pattern for this afghan? I've also seen it on the purl bee but I don't knit that well. I love the look of this.

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