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The Makings of a Baby Blanket

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|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!

Baby Blankets n Thangs

I’m excited to say that my first official project for Fall is complete! I suppose it was really an end of Summer project, but it was finished near Fall so I think that counts. Many weeks ago, my friend Amanda and I decided to make a baby blanket for our co-worker. I forgot to buy a gift for the baby shower at work and so I went to my go-to of a baby blanket. I love working up a pretty blanket for a new baby. I mean come on.. It’s always the perfect gift AND it was made with love and by hand. You can’t really beat that now can you?

Anytime I need inspiration for a creative project, I tend to turn to Pinterest. I knew that making granny squares would be the easiest thing for us to do individually. For those that don’t know, granny squares are small crocheted squares that can be sewn or crocheted together to make a blanket, scarf, or etc.. Think of an old lady blanket that you’ve seen on tv that’s like brown and yellow (God-awful colors together) and that’s your typical 1970’s granny square blanket. I digress though.. So, we found a pattern that seemed relatively easy from @SpinCushions, took a crack at it, and it worked out wonderfully!


The Process

I have a strict policy on colors for baby blankets... NO p a s t e l s EVA! I know that’s everyone’s go-to, but why? Bright, bold, and fun colors are so much better in my humble opinion. Amanda went along with it and so we met up to pick out colors for a baby girl. After much trial and error of matching colors, we decided to go with purple, hot pink, and yellow. I had (and still have) a shit ton of yellow in my stash from a previous project (see here), so I pretty much demanded yellow be one of the colors used. I promise I’m not a diva.. lol. With all of these bright colors though, Amanda thought it would be best to have a neutral color surrounding all of the bright colors, and so an idea was formed and blanket making was in motion! 

To my surprise this granny square blanket worked up really quickly. I know you're saying it's, because Amanda and I were both working on it, but I don't think that was it. Don't get me wrong.... Fours hands are much better than two, but I think it was just a really quick project in general. We made all of the colorful circles first, next we added the borders to turn them into squares, and then finally we crocheted the squares together which gave it lovely ridges along the seams.


|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!
|The Makings of a Baby Blanket| Come see the inspiration behind this beautiful blanket!

Let's Do It Again

I liked this pattern so much that I could see myself making other things with it as well. Something like a scarf, a purse, maybe even a full adult size blanket! You never know what could come out of it..

What kind of colors would you like to see in a baby blanket if you could choose?

Until the next time..

Light and Love,

Ariana

It’s a Beret Kinda Thing

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Inspired by my grandmother, I'm showing you my favorite beret to make! |It's a Beret Kinda Thing| www.TheUrbanCountess.com

Forever a Classic

Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! I’m a yarn addict till the end, but I must admit that even I have a hard time picking up my yarn and staying inspired during the warmer months. There’s just something about the warm weather that makes me what to explore the city and have many a cookout.

Having finished up all of my winter projects, for half a second I was unsure of what I wanted to make next. Then all of a sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks, “Make a beret!” my intuition said, and so I listened. As I scoured the internet for just the right pattern, I thought about my grandmother who used to wear beret's quite frequently. In the back of my mind I felt like I needed to find one that she would approve of. I think she would like this one just fine. :)

Inspired by my grandmother, I'm showing you my favorite beret to make! |It's a Beret Kinda Thing| www.TheUrbanCountess.com

I think berets are such a classic look. It doesn’t matter if they are trendy or not, you can still wear one and feel good about what you have on. This red one is the first one that I made and it worked up beautifully without a hitch! As I do with everything that I make, I tried it on myself first to see how it would fit. To my surprise it fit very comfortably on my head and didn't fall off! I have a lot of thick hair and sometimes it's impossible for hats like this to stay on my head, but I'm here to tell all the thick haired girls, this hat is perfect for us!


Inspired by my grandmother, I'm showing you my favorite beret to make! |It's a Beret Kinda Thing| www.TheUrbanCountess.com

It is my goal to find and work at least two craft shows this year. Doing a craft show always begs the question of what to take and in what colors? I think this little beret is a winner and one that I wouldn't mind making a lot of.

What colors would you like to see this in and what would you wear with it? 

Until the next time,

Ariana