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Pink baby blanket with rings - If you look closely, you can see the rings. I've put a more defined picture of the rings only in my profile.
@reinydawn (11649)
United States
July 18, 2008 9:32pm CST
I just finished this baby blanket tonight. This one is for my husband's cousin's daughter - she's due next week and we'll see her tomorrow. It took about a week to make. I actually ran out of yarn and it's 2 rows too small, but no one will know that but me. I went to get more yarn and they didn't have any more of the pink. I'm making a blue one also for my nephew's son who is a month old. I'm hoping to see him next weekend, but I may need to drive the hour to his house if they wont be at my grandmothers birthday party. I should have the blue one finished up next week.
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@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Oh wow, that is gorgeous! I'm looking at the close-up and I can't even imagine how you do those rings. I need to get back to a few projects I have going. It's just been so darned hot.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
19 Jul 08
Even though it was just a baby blanket, it sure did get hot! I've definitely got to have the A/C on while doing this one. The rings are actually pretty easy, just a pain to do (like that makes any sense). I like to do continous things normally, and this was a lot of cutting and changing colors. You join the chain around the first ring and it's just one row of Double Crochet. I like to crochet while I'm watching tv so that I don't eat!
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@i12read (57)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Very nice! I'm currently making a baby blanket just because I needed something to do on a 2-hour drive. I don't have anyone in mind for it, but it sure scares my teenage daugters whenever they see me making baby items, or even looking at baby items, lol! (I have a 7yo son, and the girls are afraid I'm having another child, lol!)
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I like to crochet things to keep busy too. I usually have tons of baby blankets and large ones too just because I'm always crocheting. It keeps me from eating when I'm watching TV.
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• United States
21 Jul 08
I usually make hats, but they are not ordinary hats. I have 2 in progress now, a football one and a baseball one, but I didn't feel like working on either of them.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Cool, I've never done hats. I do stockings for everyone in the family too, but mostly it's afgans - they're easy. Sometimes I do get tired of working on them and I give it a rest for a while.
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• United States
20 Jul 08
Are you crocheting or knitting the blankets? I do both and I do know know which one I prefer. I like them both. I am in the process of doing a cross stitch picture. It is four rectangles with picture of different seasons in them. I am on the last season. I have done really well except this last one. I realize I made it 5 squares to wide after I had one large flower done on it. Then I did the sky and ran out of the blue color. I realize that I used the wrong color I am now taking out the sky. I cannot believe I have made so many errors on this one part. I am getting discourage, I am half thinking of putting it down but if I do that I will never pick it up again. I have one of a baby announcement for my first grandchild that is due in February. I will start that one when I am finished with this one.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
20 Jul 08
Although I can knit, I prefer to crochet so that's how I've done most of my blankets. I learned to crochet when I was 5 so I think that's why I prefer it. By the time I learned to knit - a few years later - I enjoyed crocheting and didn't knit as often. I have done one cross stitch - a local lighthouse - and remember making mistakes like that too. Some times you can fake it and work around it, but most of the time you have to rip it out. If you're on the last season, keep going and you'll be done soon. It's very satisfying to see your work when it's completed.
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• United States
21 Jul 08
I have a lot of nice cross stitch pictures that I have given for gifts. I also have one in my dinning room and have even given one to a friend that I have met here on myLot when she was having a hard time. When someone that I know is getting married, or having a baby I usually try to make something special for them. I say it is made with love. I also tell them not to save the item that I made it is made to be used.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Jul 08
I love to give gifts that I've made also. And I do the same thing - tell them to use it. If it's an afghan, I'll include one of the wrappers from the yarn so they can see that you can put it in the washer and dryer.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
21 Jul 08
That is absolutely gorgeous. When are you starting those internet classes. I hope you can teach a lefty. I tried knitting once and nearly poked my eyes out.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Thank you! I love to crochet! Although I can knit, I don't enjoy it as much as crochet. The only person I was successful in showing how to crochet was my son. He picked it up pretty good when he was in the 4th or 5th grade and made everyone in his class a tiny stocking for a mini-candy cane. Other than him, I tried to show my step-sister and she goofed off too much so I told her I wasn't going to show her. I also tried to show my oldest son, who's a lefty, but he had no interest and quickly found something else to do. Some of the books out there are pretty good with their illustrations and might help you. There are usually classes offered at yarn stores or Micheal's or something like that.
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@busyB4 (875)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Deb, I am a lefty too. I learned crochet from a right handed person though. I just sat across from her and that made it look lefthanded so it worked for me!
@venshida (4837)
• United States
23 Jul 08
Wow, I am impressed. I tend to stay away from baby blankets because they take me a long time to make. I think they usually take me about 3 to 4 weeks, great job.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
24 Jul 08
I have one blanket that I make that takes a couple months. It's very hard to work on and somewhat detailed. I have one started that I need to finish - maybe one day! Thanks :)
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• United States
19 Jul 08
What a lovely baby blanket! I haven't crocheted a baby blanket since I was pregnant with my last child in 2005 (she was born in early 06) and I did 2 blankets for her. But mommy has to get moving because she is finally too tall for those that I made her but she still won't sleep without her 'mommy blanket' LOL I am sure you cousin-in-law will just simply love this blanket. GREAT job!
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I love to crochet - been doing it since I was 5. I always make baby blankets for the new arrivals and they usually go over pretty good. I was joking with a friend last weekend that if it's for a co-worker or something then I don't make one of the "nicer" ones. But family always gets a good one! One great thing is that it keeps me from eating while watching tv!
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