Mom’s Shawlini

I have an unfortunate habit of walking away from projects when nearly completed. While my craft room is in complete disarray while under renovation I am very much aware of the many bags and boxes containing multiple works in progress (WIPs) that could probably be completed with relative ease and motivation. Does this offer some insight into my psyche? Do I lack focus and determination, or do I have trouble with the idea of “the end,” not wanting to experience finality? In all honesty these are craft projects and I do finish quite a number of them in a year so really I’m just being dramatic about the whole thing.

In any case, I have finally finished the crocheted Shawlini today as a gift for my Mother tomorrow. The bulk of this was completed three weeks ago, and today I only needed to finish the two row bottom edging.

shawlette, crochet, blue

Isn’t it pretty and feminine? The Shawlini was crocheted with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima (100% cotton DK weight yarn) in Alaska Sky and an “I” crochet hook. This was my first time using this yarn and I have no complaints, it looks lovely and has such a nice drape with this pattern. A little over one skein was used and I plan on using the remainder to eventually crochet myself some luxurious spa washcloths.

Shawlini pattern available on Ravelry.

Nephew Blankies

With the recent expansion of our extended family I wanted to share two baby afghans I’ve crocheted for two very special little boys.

This first blanket was made using Mary Maxim Mellowspun yarn which is a very soft DK acrylic. Last year I made myself a shawl using the corner-to-corner (C2C) pattern and just fell in love with its drape and squishy/cuddliness and decided it would be wonderful for an afghan.

crochet corner-to-corner green and beige afghan

For our newest Nephew I  decided to go with a simple granny square afghan using durable and reliable Bernat Super Value yarn. I’m continuously impressed with how soft this washes up considering its affordability. Early on in my crochet adventures I would often confuse this yarn with Red Heart Super Saver but there really is no comparing the two, in my experience RHSS is squeaky and stiff while BSV is soft and warm. Anywho, can you guess why my Husband chose blue and red colours for this blanket? Superman, of course!

blue and red granny square blanket collage

We have yet to gift the granny blankie but the corner-to-corner one was very well received and it just warms my heart to know it will bring comfort and love.

Hello World!

In my little nook of the world I plan on sharing different aspects of my life such as my hobbies, interests, and thoughts; and will one day look back and reflect on how I’ve grown along the way. Here is a little bit about myself to get started:

I…

…am a wife blessed with an amazing husband who is my best friend and true partner in life.

…taught myself to crochet using online resources after inheriting yarn, hooks, and needles from my Grandmother.

…love to read and my favourite author is Kelley Armstrong.

…purchased our first home within the last year and this is the first time I have ever lived in a house.

…hope to expand my crafty skills and learn how to sew this year.

…am overweight and have a higher cholesterol than I should, however I am not diabetic (which is worth noting because of my sweet tooth).

…enjoy watching soccer, especially Toronto FC.

…welcome you to Fanens Nook!