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NICU Challenge – Revised (Blankets and other baby things)

In a previous post I mentioned that I have joined the Sunset Family Living Annual NICU Challenge. I had a stroke of genius to contact my local hospital and inquire about in-kind donations before starting to make boat-loads of hats. Guess what? They don’t accept any more hats as they have more than they know what to do with. This sort of put a dampen on my excitement to make those cute little hats from the patterns provided by Sunset Family Living for this challenge.

Upon further inquiry I was told that they accept baby blankets for NICU babies and also baby shoes to be sold in the gift-shop for fundraising. So I made my first ever baby blanket while watching a few episodes of Bones. The hospital’s only requirement was for it to measure 25″ by 25″, be in a colour other than green or yellow (something to do with these colours reflecting onto the babies’ faces and making them look like they have a skin disease or are aliens), and be more tightly knit rather than loose and loopy.

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It was so fun to make and took so little time. I used a classic double crochet in the back loops only and this gave the material a lot of stretch and softness. The border is made up of double crochet clusters in a purple colour that goes perfect with the beige of the body of the blanket.

I’m looking for a different pattern for a second blanket.

I will also be donating a few pairs of baby shoes. I have some already completed.

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My first sale!

I’m so happy! I woke up yesterday to an email announcing that I’ve made my first ever sale on Etsy. It was the Minion Key Cozy that I wrote about in my previous post, and he is currently on his way to Texas. Quite a long way for the little guy!

Now I have to find some time between the many WIPs littering my desk and make another Minion.

I’ve been busy lately making stuff for family, friends, and also a few things that will go up for sale in my stores within the next few days. So stay tuned!

Turning – Clockwise or Counterclockwise?

Turning at the end of a crochet row can be done either way, clockwise or counterclockwise, and the result should be the same. As long as you’re consistent with which way you turn, your work will come out neat. There are a few websites that say you should always turn clockwise if you’re right handed and counterclockwise if you’re left handed so that the working yarn ends up behind the crochet hook.

Until now, I’ve been turning clockwise for no reason other than it came naturally to me. For the past couple of days I’ve been working on some diamond-shaped pieces which require an increase in the last stitch of every row. Since I intend to make a purse out of the joined pieces, I’m single crocheting rather tightly because I want the bag to be tough and sturdy. At the end of each row, I found it very difficult to get my hook through that last stitch. Besides it being worked tight, the top loops of the stitch seemed to be slanted away from me, making it even more difficult.

After my hand started to cramp up, I decided to try turning the work counterclockwise. Well, what do you know, the loops of the last stitch were straight against the top of the work and inserting the hook below them was a piece of cake.

I’m sure this difference is not noticeable when using a looser tension.

I’d like to know some of your thoughts on this so feel free to leave me your opinion in the comments section.

Welcome!

Until now, creating a crochet blog has been an idea that’s been slowly simmering on a back burner. I’ve wanted to take this step a few times before but I held back and waited for the right time to do this. Well, there’s no better time as the present, right?

I’m relatively new at crochet – it hasn’t even been a year since I first picked up a crochet hook. For a few months before that, I have been playing around with knitting looms but i felt they had their limitations. And so I progressed (on a hypothetical ladder I see crochet being on slightly higher rung) to crochet because I felt that its span of possibilities expanded to the borders of our imagination whereas loom knitting is pretty much limited to hats and scarves. 

I’ve learned so much over the past months from many crochet experts – bloggers, YouTubers – and have just recently started experimenting and coming up with my own ideas and patterns (only a couple, so far). 

This blog will mostly serve as a log for me to keep track of my creations but, hopefully, also to inspire other crocheters out there.

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