Dino Dash

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I love making baby gifts.

I think the hardest part is waiting to post photos of the beautiful blankets– after all, it wouldn’t do to give the mama-to-be a sneak peek, even accidentally.

So this colorful creation was made last winter…when we had that dratted April snowstorm that nearly did us all in with waiting for spring.

More self-striping yarn (for even more pretty colors, see last week’s post), and this marvelous pattern:

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mini-rings-of-change

This is my third blanket or so in this pattern and each one turns out so differently! I love playing with color.

For example, I made this one to match the nursery colors- exactly!

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https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/glorious-mini-rings/

This time, I let the yarn wander as it will. It was a dinosaur theme, and I love that the blanket looks a bit like a volcano, or perhaps the sun, at the dawn of time.

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Just beautiful. I love the colors, don’t you? The variety of stitches in the pattern show them off to maximum effect.

And a fun sneak peek to a future blog: I’m already making another, this time in a lovely cream…the monochrome is gorgeous too!

Happy hooking! Autumn is nearly upon us and I am dreaming of cozy crochet time on crisp autumn nights. See you soon!

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Sunny Summer days

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Ah, happy summer. Filled with swimming and sweating, treats and crunching snacks, sibling spats and sudden sweetness and just plain family TIME.

My favorite things.

I’ve crocheted just a little, after a nice long break to regain my bearings and rest my hands and head.

The self-striping mandala yarns –that are all the rage– proved too, too tempting and I found myself the owner of several mismatched shades. Who can resist those glorious colorways?

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The challenge with one skein is always the dreaded question: but will it be enough?

I promise, with my favorite quick work-ups, it is. For this I used my go-to favorite toddler pattern, the French Popover. Find the link here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/mais-oui/

I hope you are enjoying our warm days and summer season as well, or whatever your weather may be this time of year. Happy hooking!

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