When I was in New York City for New Year's 2001-02, my aunt Robin
taught me how to crochet. I fooled around with some simple patterns, but I
couldn't figure out what to make. Then, my good friends Nate & Suzy Tibbits
had baby Will on January 17, 2002. I decided that he needed a baby
blanket... not just any baby blanket, mind you - if it was going to be from me,
it had to be red and blue,
I searched the web and found a pattern
(pdf) for a flag made out of afghan squares. I took some digital pictures
as I went along, so I could show everyone what I did! The
results are below. If you crochet, you might notice that my squares go clockwise
rather than couter-clockwise - that's because I'm a lefty! (As usual,
click on the pic for a larger image)
Other duckie recipients in 2004 - Hannah Diehl, Madison
Black, Anika Shah Gupta, Leo Conley-Goldstein, Alexander Mockapetris, and
Estella Rosen (Yes, I've been duck-crazy!)
I am now involved in the Arlington Stitch 'n'
and spending time at Knit Happens
(our favorite little yarn store) in
Alexandria. I finally learned how to knit, but I have so many
crochet projects to finish (and many more duckies to make) that I can't start
any other projects just yet.
couldn't just keep making duckies, so I
decided to turn the duckie pattern into a PENGUIN.
This one is headed to California (where they don't have many penguins) for
Miss Melina Rosen. :)
Basically, I made the duckie in black yarn, with slightly longer wings
and a bigger beak, and made a white "patch" for his belly. The scarf and hat
were added for fun.
|I finally made something for MYSELF! I
found a book of sweater patterns and decided (after many different sample
swatches) that this was the one. Here it is on a chair - I will post a
picture of me wearing it soon. :)
It's made of Mondial Splendid 100% Cotton yarn --
14 balls of it! It weighs a TON.
I made this adorable sweater for my niece,
Samantha. It is being delivered by
her grandparents over Halloween weekend. I just hope it fits!
(the back side is reversed purple and blue).
In addition to the duckie I sent to Alexander M, his brothers (both 5
years old) requested their own animals - a spider, and a bat! So I
accepted the challenge, and here they are!
Here's Mr. Spider. Made with black yarn and long black pipe cleaners (which
I crocheted around so they're softer and less dangerous). If you want the
pattern, let me know. :)
Mr. Bat. You can't see the little red beads I sewed on for his eyes (red
yarn looked awful!). He also has pipe cleaners in his wings to allow him to
stand up. He was much more of a challenge. I haven't written out the pattern
yet, but I will!
Here are the three animals as they were being boxed up
for the trip to California. They were apparently very well received by
their new owners.
This is my third duckie
full frontal duckie duckie 'mug shot'
Aunt Martha's dog, Shamas, wearing the sweater I crocheted for him last
winter. (those are supposed to be snowflakes and a doggie bone) :)
|I also bought a booklet of patterns for bags,
so here are a few of the bags I made.
Black drawstring bag - approx 8" long x 5" wide. Made it in an hour so
I'd have a bag to carry to a dinner out!
Same bag with r/w/b variegated yarn. The stripes happened automatically!
Baby socks with self-striping yarn. (I just made a smaller version of the
socks I had made for myself) My first attempt at socks - not pictured here.
As you can see, the stripes didn't exactly line up correctly, but they're
Finished all the squares, laid them out on the rug.
Sewed together each row of squares... changed the star
Close-up of the rows sewed together
The finished product
Close-up of the finished flag (oops- got the camera
|(picture coming soon)
Wilson George Tibbits -
the happy recipient of the blanket!
Once the flag was finished and given away,
it was time to do something else - so I made GLOVES!
I used purple & green graded yarn. The left hand is better than the
right... still learning as I go along. :)
Any ideas for my next project? let me know!