Monday, April 23, 2012

Hearts in bloom

I created a sampler square baby afghan a couple of years ago that sold quite well at my Etsy shop. I named it "hearts in bloom" because it was made up of several flower and heart patterns among others. It was a little nod to my Dad too who was dealing with congestive heart failure. He passed away this past September, and it's been a tough year without him. Whenever I think of this blanket, I think of my Dad, and I'm thankful for the time we had together.

The reason I bring up this afghan is because I was asked to do a custom order using purples. I've only done it in pink and white, and I'm looking forward to the change! I also have some new flower squares that I'm looking forward to incorporating. This will be a larger size than usual. I'll let you know how it goes...

Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wow, it's been awhile since my last post. I've been busy (with life and) finishing up some custom orders - another purple flower throw for a very nice lady up in Michigan:

I also finished the blanket for baby Adam, the one year old with a rare cancer:

I was trying to think of things that might make a one year old smile, so I hope he likes it. 

My favorite part is the little car I came up with. It makes me want to say "beep, beep".

I also tried, for the first time, a binding method on the edges. It was quite a lot of work, but I really love how it came out. I shy away from double crochet blankets because the edges always look so raw. This process is like a quilt binding. It wraps the unruly edges:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Finishing up some projects and starting some new

I finally finished my huge purple flower afghan. Wow, was it big and boy, did it take awhile, but it was so pretty when it was finished. I sent it off to my customer yesterday. I hope she likes it.

I also completed another custom order. In this one, I used colors similar to a supplied photo:

You can see the original bedding image in my previous post.

Two more custom orders to go plus a new one that came in today...

I received a message from a very nice customer in Maine. I've worked with her on several blankets. She asked if I could create something for a friend's child who has just been diagnosed with cancer. He is one year old. It breaks my heart to think of a little child with such an awful disease. I tried to think of something special and came up with this schematic:

This is a rough draft, so I'll be tweaking as I go, but I hope I can bring it to life! I tried to think of something that might brighten a one year old's day. If you have any other suggestions, I'm open to them! Hope everyone is having a bright and cheery day as well :)