The green blanket – handmade for family time

With my third baby due to arrive in November, around Thanksgiving, I was already thinking about making a blanket for my family. Especially with early morning and midnight feedings in my future, a new blanket sounded like a wonderful idea. Looking around my living room I thought, “a forest or olive green would be a good color”.

That’s when I thought of Mimi’s green blanket.

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My Great-Grandmother, who we all called Mimi, was a maker by necessity. As a young person during the Great Depression, she learned to make whatever she couldn’t afford. This manifested itself in lots of handmade items that have become almost like family heirlooms.

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Crochet shawls
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Cute 70s denim shirt to which she added the lace and embroidery
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Here she took a plain sweater and dressed it up with the lace and bead work

Here are just a few of the things she made. We have a treasury of items in our family. My Nana is great at keeping track of all her mother’s things, and knows the story behind each item. Her knowledge, and clear love for her mother, is indispensable.

 

 

Growing up, we had “the green blanket” that Mimi crocheted. It’s made of a solid, olive green yarn in a mesh pattern. As kids we used it as the “camouflage” part of our forts.

Inspired by Mimi’s work, and my own nostalgia, I made this:

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I used Premier Yarns Everyday Soft worsted weight yarn in the colors labeled “Kiwi” and “Caramel”. Here’s a link for a discount off your purchase at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics: 20% Off Your Total Purchase PLUS $4.99 Shipping! I love Jo-Ann’s, and it’s were I get pretty much all of my yarn and supplies.
I used Melissa Leapman’s Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters as a source for the pattern of the body of the blanket.

This book is fantastic for anyone who crochets! I highly recommend it! I used it a lot this past year for the many, many, many baby blankets I made for friends.

 

 

The border for this blanket is something very simple I come up with as I was making it.

Row 1-3 – Chain one, single crochet in each stitch all the way around the blanket, slip stitch into first single crochet.
Row 4 – Single crochet, chain 2 all the way around the blanket, end with a single crochet, then slip stitch into first single crochet to end row.
Row 5 – Slip stitch to first chain 2 space, single crochet in every chain 2 space all the way around. End with a slip stitch in the first single crochet. Finish off and weave in ends!

See? Very simple. 🙂

 

 

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It’s already got a seal of approval from my kids! They like sticking their fingers through the mesh, and Eve told me it was “green so soft”. ❤

 

Crafting, as with all of life,
Soli Deo Gloria ❤

Everyday moments of Grace – A hobby, a job, and a few moments

Here’s a little update on my stash of recently completed projects at the moment (photo bomb by my son, little fat toes ❤ ). I’ve got a lot more to do! I’m trying to get a good amount made up for our church’s boutique in November. Hopefully, I’ll have a good variety completed and ready by then!
And, in case you are wondering, I do love to crochet 😉
It’s a hobby. I really do it because I enjoy it.

I just got a job as a tutor! I start next week. I’m super nervous about it because as I was whipping up my resume I realized that it been two years since I’ve done much “in my field” (I was a Teacher Ed major).
We will see how I do!

 

Here’s a few moments in my day-to-day, all totally candid:
(And here are the main reasons why I haven’t pursued anything “in my field” in two years)

That little hand ❤

 

Investigating Daddy’s bible

 

Lazy morning

 

Kisses from Uncle Caleb ❤

 

Grace in the everyday, mundane things ❤
Reminds me of Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
Mary had an extra special reason to treasure up moments with her son, Jesus. I also think every mother does that same thing, treasure up moments with our children. Big moments, little moments, tantrums, kisses, laughs, cries, sicknesses, parties. All of it. We hover over the moments with our children, pondering them, remembering them, dreading them, loving them, laying in bed at night dwelling on them… Then I remember this verse:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24

 

I will hope in the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria!

My models

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Eve is sporting a nice headband I made just for her. It’s a faux-bandana style and a little bit big on her, but she will grow into it 😉
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Warren is showing a soft purple scarf that I made for myself. It’s a simple v-stitch pattern, and when I attached the two ends to make it a cowl I made a twist in it. I don’t like the stiff, turtle neck vibe that cowls get sometimes, and the twist gives it a little texture and interest.

 

They aren’t very good at posing or staying still yet, but they are always interested in what Mommy is making and want to “help” 🙂

And, they’re pretty cute ❤

Also, both patterns are on my crochet board on Pinterest. You can also find them in the links above, and are free, so enjoy! 🙂

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

A bag and a plan

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This is what I started doing, but I didn’t really like it and it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. So! I pulled it all apart!

 

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This was the resulting piece instead. I’m much happier with this 🙂

 

I’m currently working on my bag technique. I’m pleased with this one because it’s better (in my opinion) than what I have done before, but I want to get better still.

I’m loads more confident in my blanket, scarf, coaster, hot pad, and table runner skills. I’d like to get by bag skills to the same level of confidence.
Here’s to that goal! 🙂

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

A little decor

This pattern is actually for a rug, and I did it wrong. 😂 That’s ok though, it will serve it’s purpose nicely.
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It’s a nice bright, white color with some pretty details.


A little homemade decor in our bedroom 😊

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If I took this picture from any other angle, you would see the reality of our room… it’s a mess! But the kids room, the bathroom, and all of downstairs are clean, so the “master bedroom” is kind of on the back burner for now.
🙂

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!