I worked on many projects over the holidays and the beginning of the year. All were for gifts, so I couldn't post them! FINALLY, I can talk about my FOs (Finished Objects).
This was a milestone birthday for our friend Natalie, so I wanted to make her something special. Natalie is a very creative quilter, seamstress and knitter. I asked her months ago if she had an afghan. I knew that she had started a few, but I'd never seen a finished result. Natalie let me know that she had her grandma's classic granny square afghan and that she used it often.
OK! A household needs more than one afghan! I set about looking at patterns, thinking about colors, etc. I knew that I wanted to make Natalie's afghan with acrylic yarn. There are dogs and cats at Nat's house and it's always good to make washable household items.
I looked through some quilt designs and thought I'd make an afghan that resembled a quilt, since Natalie is a quilt designer herself. I came up with a design of different sized squares, but the colors I chose just didn't work. I ended up crocheting the whole thing and not liking it.
|Modern Design Afghan|
The Modern Design Afghan now sits on our side bench, next to our bed for chilly nights.
|Victorian Lattice Square|
I've always liked the Victorian Lattice Square. I chose some bright colors, along with white trim and went to work. I used a classic afghan design of solid squares, repeated on the diagonal. In order to join each square without sewing, I crocheted a classic granny square border and joined the squares as I went along. I like it! The afghan is cheerful and bright!
|Victorian Lattice Afghan|
|My secret label|
We had postponed our birthday celebration for a couple of months, so I had even MORE time to make something else for the birthday girl. I recently was attracted to the art of intarsia knitting. You can read about my interest HERE. I decided to attempt knitting a beanie with little dachshunds running around the circumference. Natalie is a doxie owner and lover.
|Mary Jane Mucklestone's book of Scandinavian Motifs and the Doxie Beanie|
|The little doxies are so cute, trotting around the hat!|
After I knitted the doxies, I realized that I really should have used 100% wool yarn for the hat. Wool is more forgiving for intarsia designs. The acrylic I used are the perfect colors, but they just don't "give" that much. Sigh. Oh well, Natalie likes her doxie beanie! It looks great on her.