Saturday, February 6, 2010

Uh-oh, look out...New hobby, it's CROCHET!

This beautiful blanket, lovingly hand made by my cousin Debbie, was my inspiration for learning this craft. Thank you Debbie, not only for the life-long gift, but also for the inspiration!

I found this cute pattern for free and made these two for my mom-in-law and my mom, or Oma and Gee. Is any one else interested in one? I can whip it up pretty quick!

For the last few months, I've been teaching myself to crochet. It is quite addicting, especially when you actually make something! I have researched on the internet, and with the help of youtube and a particular blog... I have found a new hobby, and love. Yes, I love to crochet, and Amy's blog titled, "with a tangled skein" has been my guidance.

She has created wonderfully easy patterns that even I, a novice, can create. I made all of these from Amy's blog, except the teapot cozy's. The yellow and blue pants are her "little fire" crochet longies. They are made from soft hand painted merino wool. This is my second pair of wool longies. The first pair turned out pretty nice, but the quality of wool is not as nice.

I crocheted a blanket for Jesse before he was born. Some of you know that blanket and know that it is shaped like a trapezoid! Really funny when you look at it, although it is still holding strong. We use it every day. It turned out to be more like my blanket than his! So for me to think that I could make anything complex was far fetched. I picked up my hook and with some wool yarn I bought at Michael's, I made my first diaper wrap. I thought that it would be the easiest thing for me to start with, and it was. It's not perfect, but it works, and it gave me reason to believe I could do more. Before I knew it, I had made my first pair of longies, the brown pants in the picture above. These are pants made of wool yarn and are meant to be cloth diaper covers. They are water proof, after lanolizing, and work very well. I prefer wool covers to plastic because of the breath ability and it is a natural fiber. I am currently working on a pair of woolies. It is a diaper cover made from wool yarn that looks more like underwear. Of course I had to make a size large! The mediums only go up to about 20 pounds, and my lo is 18 pounds already!

This is the crochet wrap I found on Amy's blog.
Reese obviously doesn't have a diaper on, we were trying to be discreet!

I really like making your patterns Amy, thank you for sharing! I also want to thank the ladies on the wool soaker group on yahoo, lots of knowledge!


  1. I'm so happy for you Jess!! Thanks for making me your inspiration, I never knew I could be someone's inspiration... :O I hope you continue making things, and loving crocheting as much as I do. I stick with easy patterns, because I'm not brave enough to try anything too hard. lol Though, when I get back to the states and can get to a craft store, I want to buy some yarn to make an American Flag blanket. Didn't realize when I moved here, that there wouldn't be craft stores. ???? Really huh? Who woulda thought that? Anyway, I'm so proud of you!!! And I think you're doing great! Can't wait to see what else you make. :) I love you!! And I miss you and the boys, even your biggest boy! ;)

  2. By the way, I can't believe how big Reese is getting! I love all those chubs! I just want to hug and kiss him allllllllll over!!!!!!!