When I can make time for it, I love to crochet. I find it to be very relaxing, yet challenging at the same time. And, it’s fulfilling to see how you can transform a ball of yarn into something beautiful. But perhaps what I love most about crocheting is that it is a stereotypically elderly hobby, yet with the increasing popularity of social networking communities devoted to craftiness (lookin’ at you, Snapguide, Pinterest, Etsy, Ravelry), crochet has become young and cool.
My friend Chrissy (a.k.a. The Pink Woobie) taught me to crochet a few years ago when I was on some crazy early-mid-life-crisis quest to do 30 new things in the 30 days before I turned 30. She was a fantastic teacher – patient, fun and inspiring. And despite my clumsiness and glacial pace, I managed to learn enough to be dangerous. I’m still no expert, but am expanding my skillz and learning a different technique with each new pattern I tackle.
My latest project was a very special one. When my sister Maureen (a.k.a. Mosey Prose) announced that she was expecting, I knew that I had to crochet a baby blanket. But not just any blanket. You see, Maureen had one (affectionately termed the “Nanie”) when she was a baby that was an incessant companion (matter of fact, she may or may not still sleep with the Nanie to this day). I mean, she loved the SHIT out of this thing. So I wanted to make something for her baby that would be just as special to him.
With the arrival of Camden William Westrick last week, I was finally able to gift the blanket to the little peanut. Maureen loved it, and I hope little Camden does too.
This pattern is available for free on Ravelry.