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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Cherry Blossom Baby Blanket on: January 15, 2013 05:11:19 AM
Wow! Everyone thank you so much!!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: hooded baby carseat snuggle blanket on: January 14, 2013 06:13:05 PM
These are so cute. I love the ears! I am so impatient to learn how to sew
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Solaster Rainbow Crochet Lace Parasol on: January 14, 2013 11:12:48 AM
beautiful!
14  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: A fox hat for my daughter on: January 13, 2013 05:17:23 PM
The ears are too cute. I love the black tips! I agree with the other comments. The shape is perfect.
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Cherry Blossom Baby Blanket on: January 11, 2013 05:06:20 PM
Thank you both so much!!
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Cherry Blossom Baby Blanket on: January 11, 2013 03:09:07 PM
This is my first time posting a completed project on Craftster, so hopefully I'm doing it correctly. (All of the links to the patterns that I used or was inspired by are at the bottom of this page for reference)

I did start this blanket following a pattern. I only got as far as the base of the pattern before I ran into trouble - I couldn't figure out how to make the crocheted tulips. Thankfully, I'd made about five million crocheted butterflies a year earlier and a friend suggested I sew the butterflies onto the blanket. However, I realized that if I cut the antenna off, they actually looked like flowers. Which made me feel a little less like a rebel. So, that's how the cherry blossom blanket came to be.

Once I decided to use the upcylced flowers, I had to figure out how to make a branch. Side Note, that's actually how I found Craftster. I searched for Cherry Blossom Crochet - although I didn't find a pattern, I did find a very cute laptop bag and this site. Anyway, I ended up improvising with a vine pattern and basically stared at a picture of a cherry blossom tree on my bedroom wall, while I crocheted the branch. Trying to fashion branches going out of branches on two sides without wandering off the blanket... ugh. I can't tell you how many times during this process I wondered if maybe I should have tried a little harder to learn how to make a crochet tulip.

Finally, the flowers. I sewed...and sewed.. and sewed. It took me six weeks to sew the flowers on this blanket. I worked on it every single day for at least 8 hours a day. I hated it and loved it, and when it was done I have to admit I was very sad. I don't know if i'll ever make something like this again on my own. In the end I think it was worth all of the work. I am happy with the blanket and I'm like that I made something that a good friend's daughter will hopefully treasure for years.

Please let me know if you would like any information, or if I left anything out. I would love to connect with fellow crafters and share ideas!

This blanket inspired me to create a blog. (of course) http://craftyadalaide.com/willows-cherry-blossom-blanket/
Tulip Baby Blanket Pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tulip-baby-blanket)
Butterfly Pattern http://littlebirdiesecrets.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-crochet-butterfly.html
Cherry Blossom Laptop Sleeve https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=352749.0
Vine Pattern:http://storiedyarns.blogspot.com/2011/10/free-crochet-pattern-vine-garland.html
17  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Infinity scarf and glove set on: January 11, 2013 02:13:17 PM
You picked the best colors. I can't stop staring at it. I suck at color mixing... so I tend to gush when I see a project that blends perfectly. Smiley
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Infinity Times 7 Scarf on: January 11, 2013 02:04:44 PM
I love the different colors, that is so clever! it would be great as a stash buster idea for all the yarn I bought when I first started knitting and thought I could make anything with just 1 ball of yarn. Smiley
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knit Penis Chapstick Coozies (NSFW) on: January 11, 2013 02:00:20 PM
My friend just got engaged. These would be perfect for her bachelorette party. I especially love the slightly fuzzy yarn. hahaha
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: knitted elephant! on: January 11, 2013 01:57:25 PM
I love the variances in his trunk, I haven't seen a pattern like that! p.s. I don't see any issues with his eyes but we are always our worse critics.
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