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WIP Wednesday – In the Pink!

This week’s projects just might tickle someone pink. The pink baby blanket is finished and hopefully keeping little Shannon warm these cold spring nights.

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I really love the pattern, You can find it here: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/cp4.html It is called Shell’s Baby Afghan by Beverly A. Qualheim. It is especially cute in pink. Maybe that is because I have three sons so there wasn’t any pink in our laundry basket. 🙂

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The color in this picture is more true than the first picture.


After finishing the afghan, I made a couple of pink polar bear hats for the NICU unit at Central DuPage Hospital. I think they turned out really cute. This is a pattern that I’ve used before, it works up quickly and is really cute.

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The only adjustment I made was on the second hat I didn’t knit the entire suggested length of 14 inches, because I didn’t want it to be as large as the pattern calls for. Here is the pattern link, and I highly suggest using the Bernat pipsqueak yarn that is as soft as a cloud and works up beautifully, http://www.yarnspirations.com/li-l-polar-bear-hat.html

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Since it is late, I suspect I will take some white Bernat yarn to work tomorrow to work on another baby hat. This weekend I may start a new project. I am itching to make a lace shawl for cool summer nights, but just can’t find a pattern that is what I want. I could finish the second sock – but that can probably wait until our summer trip to see our son and daughter-in-law. The drive is about 10 hours, so it is a good time to work on socks.

I have the sweater started last year calling to be finished, but still am not happy with the sleeves the pattern calls for, and have torn them out twice already. It won’t take long to finish once I sit down and get busy figuring it out, but don’t know if this weekend will allow the time.

I guess the WIP next week will be a surprise for all of us – me included! 🙂

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WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!

This week was extraordinarily ordinary. Work, family time and date night with friends on Saturday made for a great balance. I love weeks that include a bit of fun as well as work. I only made one NICU hat this week. I didn’t use a pattern, just made it up as I worked.

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I set the bunny hats aside for a week or so to allow time to complete the blanket for my friend’s grandson. He is up to 2.4 pounds and doing well. His blanket is coming along. It looks kind of odd now with the circle in the center, but when the ears and face are complete, the puppy blanket is really cute. The pattern is on Ravelry, Puppy Dog Granny Afghan Square by Rhonda Guthrie.

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At this stage it is kind of hard to picture, so below are a couple of pictures of one of the last ones I made. They work up quick and easy. Hopefully by next Wednesday, I’ll have a picture of the completed project to share. Keep your fingers crossed! 🙂

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WIP Wednesday

I’ve been busy working on baby hats for the NICU unit this past month.  My girlfriend is going to see her sister next week, so I wanted to have some hats completed for her.

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Here are most of the completed hats. I try and make different sizes and some for boys, girls or unisex hats.

DSC_0070The baby bear hats are one of my favorites. The color in the picture above is the actual yarn color, but this picture shows more of what they would look like on the little one’s heads. The yarn is super soft Bernat Pipsqueak. It is machine wash and dry because new mom’s don’t have time to handwash clothes 🙂

 

I made a few with hearts because Valentine’s Day is coming up soon.
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And a made a few plain hats and girlie hats. Each one takes less than an hour to make.

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It is a great way to put good use to your stash (you know you have bits of yarn left from other projects just crying out to you. There are ones of free patterns on Ravelry and other places on the internet. After you make a few, it is easy to follow the basic shape and create your own patterns.

Next month I will have a bunch of bunny hats ready to sent to the NICU unit for Easter Morning. I have a bag of ears done and a few of the actual hats already.

Project updates:

My sweater is still as it was – sleeveless.

I’ve finished the baby blanket for the gal at work. She chose the colors, I used my go to crochet pattern from Bev’s Country Cottage, Baby Shells. It is quick, easy and always turns out well. Again I went with an acrylic yarn, Knit Picks Brava worsted for easy cleaning.

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Bennie's baby blanket

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Project Linus

Tomorrow I am going to Culture Stock to work on the dreaded snowflake afghan. When I was there the last time one of the gals was talking about working on a charitable project. Project Linus was brought up.

I was a member of an informal group of ladies that made handmade blankets of all types to donate to Project Linus. They distribute them to hospitals togive to children that come in with either emergencies or for surgeries to help comfort them. 

Here is what the link to Project Linus had to say:

ABOUT PROJECT LINUS

Project Linus is a non-profit organization, dedicated to “Providing Security Through Blankets,” for ill or traumatized children and teens. Inspired by a picture of a three-year-old cancer patient holding her security blanket, Project Linus was begun in 1995 by Karen Loucks. Nationally, Project Linus has donated more than 4,270,084 handmade blankets to help comfort children in need in hospitals, shelters, and hospices. Project Linus has 368 chapters in the United States. Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.”  http://www.projectlinus.org/

The Project Linus national website has a great listing of patterns for you to use, or you can use one of your own. The gals I used to meet with knit, crocheted and sewed blankets for the gal that organized the group to take to the local chapter to donate. After you complete your first blanket, you get an adorable Project Linus patch. I love working on blankets that might help comfort a child when he or she can’t understand what is happening and is sick and/or afraid.

I hope we chose this charity. I know there are a lot of very worthy causes for needy children, adults and pets. This one is close to my heart 🙂

tks to Google Docs for the Linus pics

 

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