Friday, February 7, 2014

Recent crochet projects: Cat ear hat and baby blanket

It was one of those weeks when the roads were icy, work was draining, and I spent more time in a dentist's chair than I'd prefer. Thank goodness for crochet. I call my blog Thread by Thread Zen, and truly I do find the act of crocheting nothing short of meditative. There is something so innately calming in using hands, yarn, and a hook to make something beautiful, one stitch at a time.

A few posts ago, I mentioned my first attempt at a crocheted cat ear hat fell short of expectations (and short in height), but I learned from my errors and gave it another go.

(That handsome orange tabby behind me, by the way, is Dexter.)

This hat was based on The Hathaway pattern by SwellAmy. I very much enjoy her patterns, they are well written and Amy is happy to help and answer any questions along the way. 

My other recent project is my first ever attempt at a baby blanket. There are two new baby girls coming soon to my husband's side of the family and I'm hoping to welcome them both to the world with special handcrafted blankets. 

I still have many hours left of work to go on Blanket #1, but so far I am loving the way it is working up. I am using this gorgeous pattern from Modern Grace Design. It has been very easy to follow and since the body of the blanket is a repetitive pattern of stitches, this blanket is great to work on while doing other things, like catching up on your TV shows. 

On the subject of blankets, my next post will be a round up of my favorite free crochet blanket patterns. Thank you for visiting and come back to Thread by Thread Zen soon! Hugs and yarn.

- Katie Rose

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