Dec 28, 2015

My New Hobby

Hello hello!!  Sorry, it's been a while.I've got my hands full with this baby of mine. She is a delight, I tell you. Always on the go. Most of my new recipes are baby food recipes and I don't want to bore you with that. So let's talk about my new hobby - crocheting. A couple of months ago, I told my friend that I wanted to make some stuff for the baby. Her mom offered to teach me crocheting. She taught me to do a half double crochet and I did five stitches and let it sit for a month! I was so intimidated. Luckily, once I get an itch to do something, I research the hell out of it. I decided to approach crocheting the same way I approach my studies. So, I read all about it first, then I watched countless video tutorials. Youtube is a treasure trove!

I started practising with some spare yarn and tried out a bunch of stitches. Finally, I was ready to make my first piece. I first made a very very easy hat with a pompom. It looks cute but there was no technique involved. Just a bunch of DCs and a pompom. For my next piece, I wanted to make a little play mat for her to sit on. There are play mats that have dolls and textures built into them but I just wanted a simple one. Most baby blankets and mats are rectangular with the same stitch repeating all over. I found that a little boring, so I decided to challenge myself with a beautiful star pattern. I improvised the pattern from this video here.

I used the Bernat blanket yarn and 10 mm crochet hook, if you're interested.



The center looked a little plain, so I added a magic circle to the middle to liven things up a bit. I also added a single crochet border to the blanket. I absolutely love how the blanket turned out. It is the size of a tummy time mat with a little extra on the sides. The baby sits and plays with her toys on it quite comfortably. I've also covered her with this while she naps and I'm next to her. Keeps her warm without restricting airflow.

It gives me such joy to make these things for her. I feel like I've always avoided learning anything that doesn't help me in my career. I'm glad I stopped that thinking and learned something creative. I love that I get to be creative and make something useful with minimal expense. Bonus - it keeps me from buying even more baby clothes, haha.

I wanted to learn a new skill in 2015 (other than balancing a baby on my hip and a bowl in my hand, haha) and I'm glad I accomplished that at the very end :of the year) For my next project I've planned this beautiful granny square blanket with some gorgeous colors picked out. It will be a while before I finish it but I'll make sure to share here when I do. Feel free to follow me on instagram if things are too quite here. I post there more often because it's private and quick.

Wish you all a wonderful, amazing, prosperous new year and see you in 2016!!

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