Thursday, July 06, 2006

Books, Babies, and Blankets

I just love vintage craft books! My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was a young girl, and I remember the crochet books and magazines that she had. For that reason, when I came upon a number of old crochet books many years ago at a thrift store, I bought them. It's always a pleasure to me to see my craft books on the shelf, and sometimes I just sit and browse through the pictures, dreaming of the projects I will never find time to do.

When a new baby boy was born to some friends of ours I decided to make him a receiving blanket similar to the blankets I posted about earlier but with a fancier crocheted edging than I typically do. I started an edging from this lovely old book, but after crocheting about 12 inches I took it out, deciding that it was too frilly for a little boy. After a few minutes of trial and error, I ended up creating a simpler
edging that is more fitting for the fabric. Three Waltons' episodes later, the blanket was finished and is now ready to give to the precious new baby.



  1. That's so nice! I love old crochet books too!

  2. I have that book! I have done the crocheted edges on the blankets and also on diapers for burp cloths....and on my granddaughters' socks. Fun to do! I even got my mother in law doing the socks for all her great granddaughters..and they love them. She loves making something they like.

  3. The blanket is very nice! Ilove the fabric! I love vintage patterns also. My mom taught me to crochet when I was about 5.

  4. Looks great. I love the carpenter fabric! I don't have a crochet edging book, but several years ago I made an incredible find at a thrift store--someone's practice crochet work. It was a little box full of crochet thread and tiny little samples of crochet edgings, most not more than eight inches long, some incorporating rick rack. I'm trying to come up with a way to display them, but in the mean time they're great for inspiration.