Baby Victorian Dreams

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

Something pretty and sweet, this sultry summer July day…

The kidlets are in the pool, splashing and shrieking up a storm.

There is a lovely breeze.

Today’s pretty is a soft, colorful baby blanket for a special someone!

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I have been longing to try this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victorian-lattice-square

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I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint, Strawberry and Lime with a 3.5mm hook.

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The edging is my own design and NOT quite finished yet. 🙂 I am a bit obsessed with pineapple patterns these days, and based it on that. I have been downloading quite a few doily charts!

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The free pattern for the square includes both the written pattern and a chart (Oh, I love using charts, they are much faster for me).

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Such vibrant colors, and the feel is out-of-this-world soft.

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I may have to make this one again. I love the look of the square.

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For joining, I used the braided join technique– or at least my own twisted version of it! 😀

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I learned this join while participating in The Crochet Crowd’s Crochet-Along earlier this year:

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/2015-knit-crochet-along-mystery-afghan/

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I see that Moogly has also featured this square recently, on Hookin’ on Hump Day, and another nifty way to join these pretty squares…you can check that out here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/hohd-98/#more-16604

http://aureliaslittleroom.com/tutorial-simple-joining-square-technique/

Well, it is time for snack, here at home. They are happy to play nicely as long as I feed them. 🙂

May many happy hours of crochet be in your future. ❤

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Mood-‘Ghan Crochet Along: Update

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Hello, a little peek at my progress! I have done pretty well at making a square at least every other day…
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I do confess, I have not sewn in a single end, oh, dear…

THIS square was in honor of my daughter’s curling match yesterday afternoon, they played well and I crocheted it in her school colors.
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Happy hooking! Next up, a little valentine sweetheart surprise for you.

Mood Afghan Crochet-Along 2014

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So I don’t know much about this sort of thing, but I love the idea of a Mood-‘Ghan. And with the housebound weather in this part of the country, you can bet a LOT of my squares will be along this palette for at least a few more weeks…

But since misery loves company, join me! You can adjust the rules however you like, it’s your project! Here’s how I am going to do mine:

1. Crochet a square each day for a year with colors reflecting your “mood.”

We have a busy house, so I will set my personal goal at 3-5 squares per week. That should be do-able. They don’t take too long. I am also not going to sweat about missing the month of January, although I may crochet a few extras if I want to!

2. Join.

I am going to join-as-I-go. That works much better for my personality style than sewing them all together at the end! The holidays will already be busy. I like pretty corners, so I chained 5 in the corners for a more decorative join.

3. Weave ends.

I am going to sew in my ends weekly, again, to avoid a big year end task. I’ll pick a day to be “sewing day” as I typically have embellishments than need to be sewn for orders, as well.

4. Crochet a border.

I know just which one I want to use! I will post a picture when I get a chance…the kids are heading for the car at the moment and I better join them since I’m the driver. 😛

Happy hooking!

Day two:
Here is the next square! You can start to see the join; it is a bit of an experiment…
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And, as promised, the border…I LOVE this one, and it is a free pattern; you can find the link here:
http://ellenbloom.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/yarn-again.html
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Thanks for your kind words and encouragement! I woke up with a nasty cold, so I think I will settle in for a quiet day. Be well, and blessed.