December? Really? When did that happen?
The baby shower was a great success! It was my first time to host one and I must say, I really enjoyed it. I think, having children myself and knowing how much they cost a person, really just makes me so happy for her , knowing, in a small way whatever she got will be a good start to the huge expenses soon to follow!
I will share some decorations etc in a day or two, but for now I wanted to share the blanket I crocheted for her baby. This was really a trial-and-error blanket and next time I know what NOT to do!
Firstly I started making the summer burst granny blocks like I did for this blanket.
I guess I got bored (guilty as charged) and thought I would go with my own ideas! *big mistake*
So then I made some large squares and joined all the blocks together using this technique from Lucy, which I must say I rather like!
I like the fact the blanket seems more compact this way. So after having done that I decided to be "clever" and started on a border going around and around until I had reached the desired size. Mistake number two: I was merrily crocheting along, and had done about 8 rows before I realized the blanket just wasn't sitting right! It seemed to be rather bulky in the center and wasn't hanging nicely when I held it up. I then did some "googling" and realized I had been forgetting to increase the stitches at each corner to make a "corner" just you do in a granny block. (silly, silly me!!)
After plenty of sighing and kicking myself on the butt, I decided NOT to unpick all 8 rows and just hope and prayer that If I now proceeded with the right pattern, it would magically come right. So I did another 5 rows of double crochet using the correct pattern. I then steam-ironed the blanket and stretched it a bit whilst ironing it and it came out okay. Not brilliant, not perfect, not 100% straight, but okay. It has character!
I am glad she liked it! I cannot wait to give my second baby shower and the first baby blanket I made to the other friend of mine in January.
And for now my little hook must rest...