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What goes into making a blanket: part one

What exactly goes into making a blanket ? Most know yarn is involved, maybe a couple of those pointed sticks, but what does it really mean to make a blanket.

I am going to use a recent baby blanket I made for a co-worker as an example. As soon as I hear someone is expecting my brain starts planning. I wonder what colors they will use for their baby. Will they find out the gender? What is their general style? I start researching patterns for possibilities.

Colors are next. I was lucky enough to see a picture of the nursery and was able to decide on these colors.

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Now that I have the colors I can finalize the pattern. I used a mix of parents style and nursery theme. I picked Promise Petals, a free pattern at Ravelry.

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Now the fun starts. I decided the final blanket would be a 4 X 3 quilt style. I cranked out 12 squares in a couple weeks. For this square it made more sense to make it in an assembly line.

Center flowers first

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I didn’t snap pictures of the squares with the background added. Each full square took roughly an hour to make.

Next I joined the squares. Which is another two or so hours.

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I picked out a pretty border. Another couple of hours. Then it’s ready for the wash.

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Not the best picture, but here she is all done. Ready for Baby Girl Munson to make her debut in a few weeks.

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My blankets are, usually, one of a kind, and customizable. I don’t follow one specific blanket pattern , but pull from several resources.

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So many ideas not enough time

I have the best job in the world. I spend my days and nights meeting people from all over the country.  I have experienced every emotion known to man through my finger tips. I learn something new every day. I see the worst and the best in humanity. In most days, my heart is full.

That being said…

I have so many great ideas for my crochet projects. They range from adorable baby booties, to funky hats and one of a kind blankets. There is one big problem to accomplishing these… time. In a perfect world I would spend my days with my husband and my pups, surrounded by patterns, hooks and yarn. My coffee mug would always be full. The radio would most likely be playing Jack Johnson. Next to my pile of yarn, on the table, would be a notebook filled with “sc 4, dc 36, sk 1” scribbles which could only be understood by me. How cool would it be to develop a pattern that other people would enjoy making? 

I would come up with a way for anyone to custom design a blanket, submit it to me and I would create it. If you could, essentially, design your own blanket, pick your colors and know it would be made with great quality, wouldn’t you jump all over it? I would. There is nothing better on cool nights than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket that is soft, durable and one of a kind.

Then spend my evenings working as the interpreter I’ve loved becoming.

What would your dream day look like?

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