Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rainbow Ruffle Baby Blanket

I don't know why, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I saw a rainbow is a childhood. It seems that the world was more colorful when we were little children, or maybe we just payed more attention to colors. Anyway, this blanket brings me back to my carefree early childhood, when life and I were very close, that I couldn't differentiate myself from the life. We were one, and the same. Happy times. That's why I so much love this blanket!

The second reason why I so much love this blanket is because it's very simple and easy to make, which is always a good thing! Right? Even beginners can enjoy making it, and have great results!

Now, let's talk about the yarn! For this baby blanket I used 3 kinds of yarn. The first one is a new yarn from St. George called "Cotton Classic", and as its name says, it's 100% cotton yarn (which I really love), 120m/50g, then I used "Golf", also 100% cotton, 125m/50g, and I used white "Tango" yarn (100% cotton, 125m/50g). So, if you decide to make this blanket (I will make the pattern soon, I promise!), you can also use different brands of yarn, or you can use leftovers. It's only important that the yarn weight is about the same.

The blanket is approximately 70cm (27.5") long and 63cm (25") wide. It's ideal size for a newborn baby. You can also use it as a stroller blanket, and I bet that everyone will stare at your precious little baby!

I used 3.5 mm crochet hook (USA - size 4/E, UK - 9). The blanket is very warm. I think that this pattern is very suitable for many other things, like pillows and cushions, bags, scarfs, shawls, bath rugs...

So, as I've already promised, I will make the pattern for this blanket. If you'd like to make it, and don't want to miss it, check out my blog occasionally, or follow me on Facebook. Have a nice, colorful week! And pay attention to important things, like colors!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Doilies don't have to be boring!

When I fell in love with crochet I never thought that I would ever make any doilies. Making doilies was something my grandma did in the last century, not me in the twenty first century. But then I tried to make one, my blue and red doily, and actually, I loved it very much. I loved making it, and I absolutely loved how it turned out. Now, I believe that the world is a better place with doilies in it!

What I love about doilies. I love how easy they are to make. You just have to add one row after another. You can make it in only one color. And it will be simple, elegant and beautiful. You can make it in two colors, like I did with my blue and red doily. You can add as much colors as you like, and it will be interesting and happy and it will scream for your attention, but it will still be beautiful.

When I started this one, I didn't know how many colors I will use, nor how it will look when I finish it. I just pull out all of my doily threads and started.

Colors led the way and I followed. I started with purple, then came blue, followed by turquoise.

Then I took green, and decided to add some warm colors like yellow, orange, apricot and pink. And there it was, a rainbow!

I so much enjoyed this pattern that I decided to make one more doily, this time in only two colors, which will match my blue coffee table. And I stopped there, because while I was making the second doily I came up with an idea for the blanket, and now I'm making that blanket, instead of a pile of colorful doilies.

Speaking of colors, have you tried one of those beautiful coloring book for adults yet? I have, and I absolutely loved it. Mine is called Secret garden, and is full of amazing drawings of flowers, butterflies and other beautiful creatures. Check it out on Amazon, it's amazing!

Not to forget, I found the pattern for this beautiful doily in this gorgeous crochet book.