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.

Ruth



4 comments:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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