I haven't updated here in months again....I will get into a groove again with this. I keep telling myself that. I last posted here in February. Again, a lot has happened since then good and bad. One of the bad was that my grandmother passed away a couple of weeks after my last post, February 20th to be exact. Her and I did not have a perfect relationship. She was who I crafted with, she sewed my whole life, but I taught her how to crochet. There was a period of time a couple of years ago where I was with her every Saturday morning. There were things that we most definitely did not agree on, its family drama and I won't go into it, but I managed to have a relationship with her anyway. I somehow compartmentalized and savored what we did have in common. So now that she is gone there are so many conflicting emotions.
Right away my family gave me her yarn. I helped sort it with what I wanted to keep and what should go to Project Linus (she worked with them). It is a lot. I bought a bunch of it for her. It is mainly Stylecraft. I know eventually I want to make a blanket out of some of it. I actually have a half made blanket that she started that I want to finish.
I'm not going to do it just yet, but I will finish it some day. She loved seeing everything I made and I encouraged her to try new patterns and techniques.
I changed my hair big time the day my Gram passed. My mom was telling me all of the errands she had to run and getting her hair cut was one. I managed to fit in an appointment.
I went from:
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my curls, but it was nice to do something different for a little while. I had people walk right past me and not recognize me. It was actually kind of cool.
Craft-wise, in February I decided I was going to make a baby blanket for Rayna. She's the daughter of Lauren, my best friend growing up. I'm not close to Lauren right now, but there was never anyone as deserving for something handmade and pretty. She's had to deal with so much with Rayna. Rayna's had all sorts of eating issues and allergies. I just wanted Lauren to know I was thinking of her.
These were the colors I started with:
I really wanted to try something different and when I saw this pattern, Harlequin by Ingrid Jansen, I knew it was the one.
I had to add more colors to get the number of diamonds I needed.
It ended up being a lot bigger than I anticipated. Somehow my math was way off. I didn't take into account the joins and the spacing needed. It ended up being 35" x 44" and I have made my previous baby blankets around 28" x 33". It's fine, it is a Mommy and Me blanket!
I love how this blanket turned out. Lauren likes it, so I was super pumped. My ravelry page for it is here.
I actually wrote this post 2 weeks ago! I forgot to post it. So, maybe I'll get out a WIP post later today or tomorrow!!