I have a good supply of crochet hooks and knitting needles - probably over 100. I've tried knitting many times, and the results are always the same...10 fingers and 2 knitting needles is just one too many. I end up tossing the knitting aside for crochet - one is much easier than two, no? In fact, this is the only scenario I can think of where more is too much. Crochet-ing and I have tried to be friends in the past and it's never really worked - of course I blame Crochet. But recently I was told that it IS possible to do a simple crochet stitch and make something remarkable...let me show you Gretchen's double-Crocheted baby blankets...
Ummmm, I don't think this is a double crochet but I'm starting with it because I love it so much - how sweet it is! Can't you just picture a roly-poly baby wrapped up in this?!?
Gretchen did not say this one was easy or if she did I immediately discounted her because just look at that detail! I think this is the blanket she made for her niece who is expecting her first baby. It's just so pretty. Both of my grands love crocheted blankets - my Max dragged a giant queen size crocheted blanket around with him every where he went for years! His other grandma made it...I made him quilts but he liked the crocheted blanket...go figure!
Gretchen said I just have to count...and I can do that! At least I know I can count to 10, after that I'm not so sure! It's lacy and so soft - Gretchen uses super soft yarn - I'm really thinking I can do this!
Gretchen also said it takes her a couple of evenings to make one of these - about 10 hours or so. That's 10 hours of sitting in front of the TV counting...right up my alley!! Especially since we have a summer of TV catch-up to do...Breaking Bad, 24, House of Cards...all the shows that everyone tells us we should watch but don't have time for - now we do!
Gretchen and I are new BFF's...I met her just recently and instantly fell in love with her sweet spirit, kind heart and her amazing voice - she talks in a lilt...her words just rolled off her tongue and were rather infectious - I couldn't help but smile while I listened to her. To Gretchen: Thanks for the inspiration!! I'm going to give this a go...at best I'll end up with a sweet little blanket and at worst, I'll have myself a kanniption fit while I de-tangle yarn from my body and throw yet another crochet hook into the trash!
Can you see the deer? They were daily visitors at the luxury resort I was lucky enough to stay in on Lake Pend Orielle in Sandpoint, Idaho! Just a little slice of Heaven...a long weekend cooking retreat with great food, great friends and a fabulous view. Thank you Becky for your generosity and the great memories!