I crocheted a 2' by 3' blanket for a friend's newborn, and she said it was perfect for the carseat. When it came time to make another one for another friend, my mom hauled out this hefty, two-sided crocheted blanket that she used when I was little. It's about 5' square, and she said it was great for traveling - it was heavy enough to keep me warm in the car, and sturdy enough to be thrown on the floor for me to play/nap on.
My own opinion? The smaller ones are easier to make, but the larger ones are more of a keepsake - I'd make a big one only for a good friend. Whatever you do, go with a sturdy acrylic or cotton-blend yarn (no wool). Hope this helps!
For Christmas, my mom asked me to make a scarf for my aunt. She gave me fair warning - she asked in early November, and I had the scarf done by the end of December (after Christmas, but it's the thought that counts, right?). Then, for over a month, it sat on the desk in the family room because she and I disagreed on how to finish the scarf. I wanted to leave the ends plain, because I thought fringe wouldn't look right with the busy pattern. She wanted me to do some sort of corkscrew fringe or crocheted edging. Ultimately, since it was my hard work that went into the production of the scarf, I decided to send it off sans fringe. What do you guys think? Sorry I couldn't get any "action shots" - my camera wasn't cooperating.
The specs: Pattern stitch: Baby Cable Rib from Knitting on the Edge Yarn: Vanna's Choice in Dusty Purple, 2 1/2 balls (my aunt is tall, so the scarf had to be long) - the true color is a bit lighter than it appears in the first picture.
I've been crocheting for several years, and took up knitting about a year ago. After several practice swatches and a technically good (but ugly colored) scarf, I decided I wanted to knit something pretty. During a family trip to Vermont, I got my mom to buy me some gorgeous, handspun, hand-dyed wool/silk (mohair/silk? lost the labels, can't remember) yarn from The Wool Shed in Worcester, with the promise I'd make her something nice. That was in March. It's now October, and I'm finally done! I'm an extremely slow knitter, but I'm getting better I used the Lace 1, 2, 3 Shadow Scarf pattern from knitpicks.com, and size 8 needles.
Pictures! The yarn appears shiny/glittery from the flash and resizing the pictures; in real life, it has a slight sheen, but it's not shiny or sparkly. Most of the scarf, laid out to display the gorgeous colors:
Closeup of the pattern:
Links: http://www.woolshed.net/index.htm - Barbara and her husband are very sweet, have a great little shop, and were nice enough to show us around the farm and let us pet the animals! For people in the area, she's not far from Montpelier, and makes appearances at both the Montpelier and Barre farmers markets.
One of my coworkers is pregnant and going on maternity leave this week. We're throwing her a shower on Thursday, and I decided to make her a blanket. I used white Caron SS and blue/green/white variegated Bernat baby yarn. It's a simple "open" ripple pattern, and because the yarns are a slightly different weight, there's a neat texture to the blanket. I decided to throw in a hat as well, which I did with a strand of each. I made up the pattern as I went along, and threw a bobble on top, last minute. I think it's cute My mom suggested I make the blanket bigger, but I made a similar size blanket for another pregnant friend, and she said it was the perfect size for the car seat, so I figured I'd stick with a smaller size. It's about 2 1/2 feet long, and a little less than 2 feet wide.
I'm putting the blanket and hat into a "bedtime" themed box, with Johnson's Bedtime Bath wash and lotion, washcloths, and the book "Goodnight Moon." I know babies aren't supposed to sleep with hats and blankets, but I think (I hope!) she'll appreciate it.
Blanket and hat together:
Closeup of blanket:
My bear modeling the hat, sitting on the blanket, for size:
I'm all for the way it looks now. The different weights of the yarns will give the blanket a nice texture when it's finished. I'm working on a ripple baby blanket right now, in variegated "baby boy" colors (blue, green, white) and plain white. The variegated yarn is much thinner than the white, but it gives an interesting feel. It should hold its shape in the wash, since both yarns are acrylic.