Cancer Awareness Afghan

Toward the end of this past school year, my friend posted one of the most heartbreaking status updates that I have read to date. Her son (my son’s very first friend that he met when he was almost 8 months old), had just been diagnosed with cancer.
They began a fb page called “Prayers for Elijah” to share his story and his journey while building a community of people who are willing to send positive energy and prayers his way. Please look it up to follow along with his story.
During this time, I found a free pattern for a “Cancer Ribbon Afghan”. I used the basic block pattern which can be found here http://www.crochetcabana.com/chatity/charity-patterns.htm
However, I chose to join my squares using the zigzag stitch (my preferred method when making granny square blankets as well) and then I added a “granny” border.

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Here you can see a close up of the zigzag connecting stitch as well as the beginning of the border. I used yellow and white. Yellow is for sarcoma which is the type of cancer that Elijah has.
And here is the finished afghan…made with love and prayers for complete healing for Elijah.

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“Appreciating a Well Written Pattern” the conclusion

As it turns out, I finally got the hang of this patten in the repeat of the final 3 rows. Unfortunately, we were in the car on our way to the beach when I ran out of yarn…the bright side, you ask? It fit my daughter perfectly and she has been wearing it to all the restaurants that we’ve been going to :)

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Granny Wedding Present Afghan

This spring, one of my college roommates got married and proceeded to take a 40 day hike /honeymoon across beautiful Spain! This gave me plenty of time to start and finish this granny square Afghan. I mailed it and it arrived at their home the week of their return :) Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye to projects that have taken so much of your time, but this one was sent off with love!

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Appreciating a Well Written Pattern

I found a lovely free pattern for a lacy shawl the other day. It looked so beautiful in the picture that I picked up my yarn and started right on it. Here’s the thing, yes, it is turning out beautifully, but between the yarn that I’m using that gets tangled and breaks apart when I unravel it, and the pattern that is not super well written, this is starting to become more tedious than pleasurable.
Perspective and contrast. I am now even more thankful to those who write clear and easy to follow patterns! Well worth the money that they charge! :)

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Hands Free Wine

A friend of mine posted this picture on fb about a week ago.

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It made me laugh out loud when I saw it because honestly, that doesn’t look too safe. Thankfully this woman is drinking white wine, but what about those of us who enjoy a glass of red from time to time? Anyway, this old college friend of mine posted it and hinted that it would be a great birthday present.
Completely as a gag gift (because I still highly doubt that anyone would use it!), this is what I came up with :)

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Challenge accepted and completed in about 20 minutes! I used our university colors but as I was crocheting the middle stripes, I had to laugh out loud (again! Yes, there was a lot of giggling during the making of this gift) . Now that I have a son that has gone through a Pokémon phase, I couldn’t get over the fact that if my friend does in fact use this little beauty, some might take her as a huge Pokémon fan ;)…which actually makes this gift even better!
To make it was truly simple. All you need are ch and hdc for the whole thing. If I make another, I’ll be sure to write the pattern to share with you :)
-Maria

Heirloom Baby Blankets

I have always loved the lacy look of baptismal/christening or heirloom blankets. My grandmother used to make blankets like this but I had never attempted one before.
I recently purchased a Leisure Arts crochet pattern book of “Keepsake Baby Afghans”. The designs are by Kay Meadows and they are beautiful!
Here is a picture of my first completed blanket from this book.

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I will admit that I made a couple of mistakes in the edging, but now that I know better, I think it will be much easier next time.
Do any of you have a favorite keepsake Afghan pattern?

Heirloom Baby Blankets

I have always loved the lacy look of baptismal/christening or heirloom blankets. My grandmother used to make blankets like this but I had never attempted one before.
I recently purchased a Leisure Arts crochet pattern book of “Keepsake Baby Afghans”. The designs are by Kay Meadows and they are beautiful!
Here is a picture of my first completed blanket from this book.

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I will admit that I made a couple of mistakes in the edging, but now that I know better, I think it will be much easier next time.
Do any of you have a favorite keepsake Afghan pattern?

Doggy Sweaters and Accessories?!?

Did I think I would ever be making something like this?? The answer is no! No offense to those of you who like to dress up your dogs and paint their nails (the kids and I just watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2), but I never saw the point in that. ..until now.
Okay, so I may never actually paint her nails, but poor little Lucy (our newly adopted rescue pup) was shivering every morning and night when the temperature would drop. So I broke down and crocheted my first (and probably last) doggy sweater. It’s still a little big for her, but I already had to take the bottom piece apart and make it smaller, so it is what it is. Here’s a picture from last night when she was trying it out :)
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And not to leave my neighbor’s dog out of the doggy dress up party… :) I’m sure Christina from beeskneesphotographync.com will have a much better photo to post after their family pictures today, but this actually was too cute not to share!
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And finally, for all the pet lovers out there… Can I hear an “awwwwww”?
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A Favorite Family

Joyful Mama Designs:

I am so grateful to have an amazing friend in my life who forces me to occasionally do some family photo shoots ;) I am even more grateful that said friend happens to be an amazing photographer! I almost was able to get away with another year of just kid pictures on our holiday cards, but I’m glad she twisted my arm ;) Christina, thank you again!

Originally posted on Bees Knees Photography:

This is one of my most favorite families! Happy Holidays from Maria (of Joyful Mama Designs) and her beautiful family. I love ya!

Hugs,
Christina

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Baby Blanket Orders

Aqua and Yellow Baby Blanket 2Baby Boy blue blanket 1 2013

I went back to teaching full time this year and as I suspected, it is a huge lesson in balance! Balancing how much work I bring home, being there for my children and family, and of course making sure I sqeeze in a little time for crochet.

Unfortunately, crochet has suffered the most :( Projects that used to take me a week (such as a baby blanket), now might take me a month. It’s very sad, but as I said, balance is a huge lesson in my life this year.

Here are a few baby blanket orders that I’ve managed to finish over the past month or so though :)

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