Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My latest project: Making a baby blanket

Hello dear Blogfriends,

Thanks for all your lovely comments and your patience, too! I love to welcome a number of new followers, glad to have you here!

As always, I hope you will find some inspirations here!

Since my last blog post quite a few things have happened, and I feel like I should apologize that it has taken me this long for an update. Sorry folks!!!

But you know how it is:

Not all that wander are lost!

One thing was that I went through various tests and the end exams for my Dutch classes....

Another that I had a dental operation on my jaw a week ago and have been slowly recovering from it, it still hurts a lot, though the swelling has gone down a lot.

And last, but also with a lot of impact, our cat Twinkle has gone missing recently which was very much out of character for him since he never ventured outside the house (and he didn't know his surroundings here in Belgium). We have tried everything we could to find him so far, but without success. Twinkle is the brother of Jasper and we had both of them since birth. We are very upset and miss him.

Twinkle


Well, to show you what I have been up to, I decided to break it down a bit. I'm still having computer problems and this makes blogging more difficult. So instead one long catch up post, I will try to do a few more following this one. Promise!!!

Making a baby blanket

This is what I am currently working on, much to my own surprise. A girl in my Dutch class is expecting her first child, she knows it will be a girl. So I spontaneously offered to crochet her a blanket, I hadn't previously thought about it. So I started on Tuesday, 12th May. Initially I said I would do it over the summer, but as I got started, I thought maybe I can do it quicker?

So I started making crochet squares, pink and white ones from Veritas Apilou acrylic yarn.


First I was aiming to make 2 every day, meanwhile I have stepped up to making 5 a day!!!


My initial idea: 5 x 9 squares (a rectangle) - 45
Then I saw that a square blanket might look better

So I adapted my idea to make it 7 x 7 squares (49)

I hope you enjoyed this (long overdue) post. Let me know what you have been working on, I must admit that I seem to have a backlog when it comes to reading blog posts and leaving comments... hopefully things will get better soon!

Please leave me some comments, I love hearing from you all! And to the new followers: How did you find my blog (just curious!!!)

Meanwhile... Happy crocheting and knitting!!!

32 comments:

  1. Hoi! Goed om weer van je te horen. Wat ontzettend verdrietig dat Twinkle vermist is!! :( ik hoop dat hij toch nog terug zal komen... Mist Jasper hem ook erg?
    Die operatie aan je kaak/kies is ook vervelend zeg, dat doet zo'n zeer, bah. Veel beterschap gewenst!
    Het dekentje wordt leuk, je hebt de vaart er goed in zo, hihi. Die is vast voor de zomer wel af! :) Groetjes

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    1. Hoi Lizette! Dankje voor jouw berichtje! Jazeker, we missen hem en Jasper naturlijk ook! Het gaat goed met het dekentje, de kwadraatjes zijn al gedaan vandaag, maar nu komt het blocken.... Er is nog genoeg te doen!!! ;) xx

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  2. Hope you are feeling better soon. The blanket is beautiful, a stunning gift for a new baby.

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    1. Thanks, Lorraine!! :) Yes, I hope it will turn out ok... xx

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  3. I'm very sorry to hear that Twinkle has gone missing Ingrid, you must be very worried, I do hope he turns up safe and sound very soon. I do hope you are feeling much better after your operation too.The baby blanket looks gorgeous and likewise I have been crocheting baby blankets! Hope to write about them soon too, take care
    Best wishes
    Alison xx

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    1. Hello Alison! Thanks for your kind wishes. Looking forward to find out about your baby blankets! :) xx

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  4. Good to hear that your jaw is recovering. I am so sorry about Twinkle, hope he is safe and will be found soon. It is so nice and kind of you to volunteer to crochet a baby blanket for your friend. The colour is so sweet and lovely.

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    1. Hi there, Nancy! Thank you!! My friend asked for a real baby pink blanket, so this is what I am making! I think I would have picked more vibrant colours myself, but there you go! I hope she will like it... :) xx

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  5. The baby blanket is going to be gorgeous. I love the shade of pink you're using. I agree with you that making a square is better than the rectangle. Sorry about Twinkle - hope you find him soon. And sorry to hear about your jaw but glad it's improving. I'm finding it hard to keep up with blogging too!

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    1. Hi Gillian! Thanks for the heads up about the shape! ;) Good to know that I'm not the only one... Hugs! xx

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  6. Hi Ingrid, don't worry about not blogging for so long. We all know that life sometimes overwhelmes you. I'm so sorry about your cat, it is the worst not knowing what happened. But hopefully he will return soon. Your baby blanket will look gorgeous, I like the soft colours. And I hope that you will soon feel okay again, take care of yourself! I just finished a shawl, but I have to block it before I can take some pictures. And I decided to start with a second blanket, I will write soon about it. Best wishes, Viola

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    1. Hello Viola! Thanks for your kind words. I loved seeing your latest creations and here you are, with more in the pipeline... ;)
      Happy crocheting! xx

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  7. Good to hear from you Ingrid, I was worried!
    Hopefully your cat will turn up again! Our cat got lost several years ago and all of a sudden (when we had given up hope), he showed up again after 3 weeks!
    The babyblanket looks very pretty! The mum will surely love it!

    Take care
    Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

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    1. Hello Anne! Thanks for your encouraging words... That's amazing that your cat came back! Still busy with the blanket, it is coming along... Take care! xx

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  8. Hi Ingrid! It's nice to see you. The blanket is beautiful already. I love the colors. I hope your jaw is healing well and that your cat turns up. I can understand why you're concerned. Take care.

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    1. Dear Jennifer! Good to hear from you, too! :) Hope everything is well with you! Hugs! xx

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  9. So sorry about your jaw and your poor sweet cat,you must be a mess of worry about him missing. Your blanket is so beautiful.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you, Meredith! Yes, I do worry....Hugs! xx

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  10. It is lovely to hear from you Ingrid, I was wondering how you were. Glad to know that you are alright, although sorry about your dental op and Twinkle going missing. I hope that all will be alright in both cases. Take care of yourself. xx

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    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for your kind words! xx

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  11. Baby blankets are my preferred crochet item. Something about how nice and comfy they are mixed with the soft yarn and beautiful colors and textures.
    So sorry to hear about your cat! I will keep my fingers crossed.
    I would love if you shared your baby blanket at our Yarn Fanatic Party - http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/05/yarn-fanatic-party-37-string-theory.html.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Alexandra! Thanks for your kind invite, I just added my link! :)
      Believe it or not, this is only my second baby blanket! ;) xx

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  12. Hi Ingrid,
    I was wondering where you had got to! I am sorry that you are suffering with a sore jaw etc. Dental operations can make one feel very miserable. Nothing like the excitement of a new baby to dispel some of the pain - wow! you are making huge progress. What a delightful choice you have made.
    I do hope your Twinkle will find his way home. It is encouraging to hear stories of cats that go missing and have amazing travels and somehow find their way home weeks and months later. There was one cat that went around the world! I do hope Twinkle is alive and well and perhaps on a vacation and that he will return home very soon. Were you in hospital long? Perhaps he missed you and went looking for you? I like to think and hope for positive outcomes.
    Wishing you best of luck in finding him and for a speedy recovery.
    Many hugs, xxx

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    1. Dear Jodie! Thanks for finding such comforting words, you are a great support! Have a nice weekend! xx

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  13. Hallo Ingrid - vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar bei mir :-D
    Dann möchte ich zuallerst sagen, wie leid mir das mit Twinkle tut... hoffentlich taucht er wieder auf!!!! Unsere Katze geht raus und wenn sie mal nicht zur gewohnten Zeit zurückkommt, bin ich direkt in Sorge. Und dein Blog und deine Projekte sind sehr schön - da werde ich mich am Wochenende mal genüßlich umschauen :-D
    Habt ein schönes Pfingstwochenende und ich halte die Daumen gedrückt für Twinkle.
    Minkamo aka Moni

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    1. Hallo Moni! Danke fuer Deinen Gegenbesuch und netten Kommentar. Dir auch ein schoenes Wochenende!! xx

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  14. Love the delicate colors of the blanket. Your friend is sure to love it.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Hi Amalia! She did!!! I gave it to her last night and she was happy with it! :) xx

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  15. Thank you for sharing at my link up.
    You are welcome to join us this week too.

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    1. Thanks, Monica. I will do it next time. Have a lovely weekend! :) xx

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  16. Sorry about your jaw, great well soon. I think you are wonderful for offering to make a blanket for a friend. I often want to do the same for friends but life gets in the way. There is nothing nicer than a handmade gift from a friend. It looks wonderful .
    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. Thank you, Helda. The jaw has been healing well. And the good news is that I managed to finish the blanket, you can read about it in my next blog post here: http://myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be/2015/05/the-finished-baby-blanket-made-from.html Have a nice weekend!!! :) xx

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