Sneak Peek: It’s Done!

My Midnight Star tablecloth is finally done! I’ll post a full recap with more photos after I submit it for the contest this year, but for now here’s a peek at the finished project (from Instagram). So, so happy with how it turned out (and to be done)!

MidnightStarPreview

Crocheted Gingham Baby Blanket

Remember that contest I mentioned, and the post in which I promised more photos and descriptions? Well here I am, making good on that promise. 🙂 This first one is a crocheted baby blanket, which I made from granny squares.

Crochet gingham baby blanket

I loved the idea of creating a gingham pattern out of two shades of the same yarn color, plus white. I had also been (and still am, really) obsessed with the turquoise-white color combination. Hence, the inspiration for this afghan. This baby afghan pattern from Bernat served as the inspiration for the granny square color layout. But I wanted to use granny squares with  more interest and texture…

Crochet gingham baby blanket

..so I found three different granny square patterns that I liked, all by Aurora Suominen. The six-inch-wide square patterns were rather hard to find – many patterns are 12 inches wide, which would have made a HUGE blanket once I had created the gingham pattern I desired. But I loved the ones that I picked – all different from one another, yet bearing the similar textural hallmarks of the same designer.

Here are the squares I used:

Crochet gingham baby blanket

I didn’t win any awards on this one, but I’m quite happy with the result. The only hiccup? The centers of several of the flower squares unraveled horrifyingly in the wash. I thought the entire thing was a lost cause when I saw the damage, but the repairs turned out to be relatively easy. The photos you see here were taken after the washing mishap and subsequent fix-up.

See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/framing-a-flower-6-square

Have You Seen This Doily Pattern?

***Update*** Found it!

Original post:

Because it’s awesome. 🙂

Peacock Doily

This is the first doily that I ever made – can you tell? Actually, there was an earlier version that was unceremoniously destroyed after I couldn’t even frog it to save the thread. Hey, if you’re going to make a mistake, make it a good one.

Peacock Doily

Although this doily made it to completion, I haven’t been able to find the original pattern source. I know that it was free, and available online, but that’s where the trail goes cold. It would be great to be able to link it up to its source on Ravelry. Is it one that you recognize? If so, drop me a line.

Peacock Doily

In the meantime, I’m still working on bigger and better thread projects…

See this project on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BabycakesCreates/crocheted-easy-doily