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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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?

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 🙂

Sneak Peek – Connecting Grannies with Zigzag Crochet

So here’s a close-up peek at my granny blanket (still working on the border so not ready to show the final product). I decided to use a zig zag crochet to connect the squares. This is the first time that I’ve done that, so I was kind of winging it, but I must admit that I love the way it turned out. I think this might be my new favorite way to connect grannies!

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