Starting a New Project: Baby Boy Blanket

A sweet friend of mine is expecting a little boy in May, so I’m starting my next “middle sized” project today, something I’ve never made – a baby blanky! I looked up a bunch of patterns and tutorials, and eventually ended up deciding to design my own. I made a mini version last night which turned out well, so we’ll see how it does on a larger scale!

My friend isn’t planning on decorating baby boy’s nursery any specific colors, but gave me the rough guideline of “we like blues and greens.” So, perfect for me, my two favorite colors! I spent an embarrassingly long time in the yarn aisles at Hobby Lobby, combining blues, teals, greens, and greys. I initially really wanted to find a bright teal and pair it with a charcoal grey, but remembered that perhaps grey isn’t the most babyish of colors. Oops. And besides, not too many brands of yarn available at Hobby Lobby have a medium-dark grey… what’s up with that? All of that aside, I opted for “I Love This Yarn” antique teal, sea blue, and light sage.

Blues and greens (and secondarily, purples and greys) have been my color palette of choice for quite a long, long time. I specifically learning about analogous color schemes in elementary art class and immediately going for either “purple-blue-green” or “blue-green-yellow” combinations. In the last couple of years, grey has sneakily crept into my list of favorite colors. Everything looks fantastic with grey, I think. I’m afraid that my wardrobe is starting to get taken over – the clerk who very occasionally sells me a white chocolate truffle at work made the comment, “You really like grey, don’t you?” So I guess it’s no secret.

Anyhow, on to the blanket making. I’m thinking I should be able to be done within the week if I really stick to it at nighttime. We’ll see – updates to come!

Ongoing Project: Husband’s Ripple Blanket

About a year and a half ago, I decided to undertake my first big crochet project: a blanket. My husband and I have some fluffy fleece blankies to cuddle up on the couch with, but they’re getting old, raggy, and pilly. So he and I took a trip to buy some blanket yarn, and he picked out all of the colors (thus making the blanket his): brown, green, and a variegated “autumn” mix of reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. I looove the combination of colors – greens and browns are some of my favorites, but the variegated yarn adds a little zip of brightness that the green and brown don’t have. Something I do get a little frustrated with, though, is when the variegation ends up giving me a giant blotch of all the same color. I almost ripped out several rows to get rid of such a blotch before my husband got all panicky and told me he likes the blotches. What?? Hey, it’s his blanket.

Look – you can see one of those big orange/brown blotches right there! They happen a lot more than I expected.

I was just getting “serious” into crochet at this the time of starting this, which coincided with me stumbling upon Lucy’s Neat Ripple Pattern. The simple pattern, the beautiful result, and the “quick” pace of creating a blanket appealed to me. So, off and on, some free time has been devoted to this big guy which my husband requires to be “big enough to wrap around me and make me cozy” – that’s a tall order.

Someday the blanket will be a piece of our living room (not our bedspread as pictured above – it’s just a convenient viewing area for the blanket as a whole!). I think I’m about halfway done with it, so we’ll see where I’m at another year from now! ;)

In the meantime, as you can see, the kitties bad kitty is already attracted. I swear, anything with potential loose ends and/or the potential to be coated with fur is like a magnet to him!