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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Crochet Baby Blanket Finished

The last 200 ends were worked in this week (see WIP posts here and here). Man, how I hate the very end of a project. One of the things that kept me from finishing sooner was that I didn't really have a good solution for working in the bobble threads — they're colored on a white background and were showing through in a way I didn't like. I settled on working them in as circles, sort of of mini sphincters if you will. This also helps keep the bobbles from falling through to the back.

At one point in this project I thought that the blanket would be too precious for our rather grubby family, but in the end I think it will work fine. It has a good weight to it, which I like. And, it is washable — Classic Elite's Bazic Wool. Hey, Alicia, do you recognize the edging? It's the Bella Baby Dress edge with a couple rows of single crochet.

Thank you my bloggy readers. If it wasn't for you I don't think I would have finished this one. Really, this blog motivates me to finish, where before I had many an unfinished project.

Coming up next: a Leftover Lamb Giveaway for all the wonderful comments and community.

P.S. I'll post more photos to my Flickr later, got to go.



Blogger kat coyle said...

Its a beauty. The blanket and baby. Weaving in ends is a d-r-a-g!

Sat Oct 28, 02:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Absolutely. Beautiful. Truly.

Sat Oct 28, 04:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Look at that adoreable baby!

Hooray for mini sphincters. That must have been tough, with a straight yarn needle, because you would have had to make one stitch of the circle at a time. When I'm weaving in ends, I like to pull through 4 or 5 stitches at a time.

I'm totally impressed with this blanket. The colors, the design, everything about it is wonderful. :)

Sat Oct 28, 04:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger JulieFrick said...

That is so fantastic. Brava!

Sat Oct 28, 05:58:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Kim said...

What a gorgeous grin on that little sugarpuddin.

The blanket is so cute and colorful. You've got quite an eye, girlfriend.

Sat Oct 28, 06:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Brown Pants said...

It's Fabulous! Congratulations! I really like the colours you've used, it's so eclectic and unique!

Sat Oct 28, 07:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger kirsty said...

Yay! The crochet blankie! After watching the progress, it almost feels as if I'VE finished it :)
Mini-sphincters *ha ha* *choke* *ha ha*!!

Sun Oct 29, 02:28:00 AM PST  
Blogger Krawuggl said...

I absolutely love this blanket, I really think it´s the most beautiful crochet blanket I ever saw. I like the colours and the mix and match of those squares, now I definitely want to make one with different patches, too - what a great idea. Til now I made my blankets with the same patch pattern all over, never thought or realized how much nicer it is to mix different ones. Congratulations! (And I am so much looking forward to see more pictures of it)

Sun Oct 29, 04:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger sUsAn said...

Oh my! What a gorgeous blanket! I love your photos.

Sun Oct 29, 05:05:00 AM PST  
Blogger Liesl said...

200 ends??? You are a brave woman. It looks fantastic, and I agree with your assessment that having a blog encourages one to finish projects. Nice work!

Sun Oct 29, 05:57:00 AM PST  
Blogger June said...

The blanket is beautiful!

Sun Oct 29, 07:21:00 AM PST  
Blogger creative kismet said...

THe blanket and the baby are both beautiful! THe colors, design, details of the blanket are amazing!!

Sun Oct 29, 03:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger AmberCake said...

Blanket looks GREAT. I could have a serious end-for-end weaving contest with you on my blanket project. Thankfully I have subway rides, and it's sometimes easier to weave ends on the train than actually knit.

Also, I just posted my old log cabin project - I realized you and I did the same "every different yarn to get the right colors" move.

Nice, nice, FINISHED blanket. Congratulations

Mon Oct 30, 06:20:00 AM PST  
Blogger capello said...

oh my, that is the most beautiful crochet'd blanket ever.

Mon Oct 30, 07:04:00 AM PST  
Blogger norththreads said...

Wow this is unbeliveable!!!! I love these have outdone yourself..such talent!

Mon Oct 30, 09:00:00 AM PST  
Anonymous alice said...

Fabulous blanket--I love those colors! And congratulations on weaving in all those ends... :)

Mon Oct 30, 11:07:00 AM PST  
Blogger ms. pea said...

dang, the baby matches the blanket perfectly. how'd you do that? beautiful work.

Mon Oct 30, 12:33:00 PM PST  
Blogger Blaize said...

Well, maybe the sphincters are what make it useable by the grubby? And you're not nearly as grubby as some of my friends. In fact, you are a paragon of cleanliness compared to some of them, as you well know.

Mon Oct 30, 01:10:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Jane said...

I am in love with your blanket!

Mon Oct 30, 06:08:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...That is just amazing! I love all the colors and's just patchwork love!

Mon Oct 30, 06:23:00 PM PST  
Blogger Angelina said...

I'm going to say it...this makes me wish I could crochet. Yeah, I know I could learn...but my plate's too full right now. Must save this fun for a future year.

That blanket is so wonderful! (The baby is super cute too.)

You and futuregirl really are going to inspire me to crochet one of these days. Sheesh.

Mon Oct 30, 08:07:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Jane said...

It's great. I love the colours and the variations and the very professional model!

Tue Oct 31, 11:25:00 AM PST  
Blogger ladylinoleum said...

Wonderful! Bravo!

I'm a reluctant end weaver too. I hate it. In fact I'll do almost anything to avoid it.

Tue Oct 31, 02:05:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful blanket. I hate darning in ends too. My mum used to just tie the ends off tightly and then cut them off. I don't think anything ever unravelled but I've never tried it myself.

Tue Oct 31, 05:19:00 PM PST  
Blogger stephanie s said...

i don't know what it means to weave in ends... but to do 200 - of anything - is saintly.. what a beautiful cherub.

Tue Oct 31, 10:44:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Gorgeous picture! Baby and blanket :) The blanket is a work of art; I love all the different stitches you used.

Fri Nov 03, 10:52:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Alicia P. said...

Absolutely adorable!

Sun Nov 05, 09:59:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS! I am having crochet talent envy over here!

Mon Nov 20, 09:43:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Thu Jul 03, 06:58:00 PM PDT  

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