This year, I am pushing myself to do things that I normally wouldn’t do. I’m doing a few challenges on my blog, a few personal challenges, I’m being more outgoing and going after things I want more.
One very important thing that I am doing is trying to create more memories with my kidlets. After reaching the one-year mark of working here back in November, the dynamic between me and the kidlets has shifted. It’s kind of the same only different. It’s like I’ve earned my place here and now they can really trust me. Which is awesome.
Around Christmas, my friend had a baby. I’ve mentioned this before. The first ever picture of this baby posted to social media was of her wrapped in a blanket that I made for her. 4th saw this and immediately demanded a blanket of her own. This sparked the idea in my head to make blankets for all four of my kidlets.
Something that you guys might not know about me is that once I get an idea in my head that sticks, I can’t let it go. Kind of like my hippo tattoo in the fall. I didn’t even want another tattoo and over the course of 3 days I got the idea, slept on it, still wanted it and had picked a design and booked an appointment. Kind of impulsive but whatever.
4th has been very impatient about hers. I haven’t told 4th I’m making them, but my goal is to get them all done by Christmas and I can totally do that. I’m just spacing them out a little bit. But I have finished 4th’s blanket. She is the only one who has told me what she wants – a lacy style blanket in rainbow colours, so I wanted to do her’s first and hide it away.
I decided to go with crochet for this because it’s so much faster than knitting. Also, I find that crochet isn’t as thick as knit and 4th is always too hot. She says she has a little furnace inside of her body keeping her warm.
So the weekend after 4th said she wanted a blanket (and kept at it for the whole week asking when she was getting it), the idea was set in my mind to make all 4. I went to Micheal’s after church (since it’s just down the road) to check out the yarn selection to see how much it was going to cost me to do all 4. Well, wouldn’t ya know, they were having a “buy 2 get 1 free” sale on all their yarn! SCORE!
I found a pretty rainbow yarn and bought 4 of them (using the pattern I had found on Pinterest and expanding their usage from a baby blanket to a full-sized lapghan). It was only $35 for all the yarn PLUS the crochet hook I needed to buy because I didn’t have the right size.
For Christmas, my mom got me this yarn holder. It’s supposed to make it easier to pull your yarn and not have the skein roll all over the place. Let me tell you something!!! It was amazing. I love this thing!! Switching from one skein to the next takes a little bit of work but honestly, it’s amazing. It was a little bit of a tight squeeze to get the jumbo skein in, but once it was in, it was golden.
Then it was just time to crochet. I am a self-taught crocheter so I just had to watch the video attached to the Pinterest pattern. The one I chose was called the “Briar Rose” just like in Sleeping Beauty *sings* I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream.
It was easy to follow and super fast to stitch up. By the end of the first day, I was about 3/4 of the way through the first skein of yarn. I made sure to measure it out so that even as 4th grows, she’ll be able to keep the blanket. I could have stopped right at the end of 3 skeins of yarn, leaving an entire skein untouched, but I decided to give it just a few more inches so I started the last skein and added on one more colour segment at the end.
I don’t know how many hours it took to complete it, but I worked whenever I had free time (Netflix and crochet FTW). Since 4th has been asking and asking, I wanted to get it done as quickly as possible so that I could hide it from her. She has a habit of just walking into my room so I worked quickly, and ignored everything else I had to do for 4 days last week and got it all done.
So her’s is done! I have designs all lined up for the other 3, and will randomly work on them between now and Christmas. All will be crochet just because it is sooooo easy to do. But each blanket will be a unique pattern. The only problem is I don’t know what colour to make 3rd’s. His favourite colour is yellow but I don’t want it to look too feminine so I might just go with a blue or green.
After I get them all done, I’ll be ordering clothing tags from Etsy which I will customize to say “love always, T—-” and sew them onto the edge of each one. I’m actually super excited about this! I can’t wait to get the other three done!