Sunday, May 27, 2007

My Babette's blanket

My friend Barbabra and I had a crochet play date! Barbara teaches at The Point in NYC and all over the country. You can catch her at Stitches East this Fall! I love to knit. Crochet has been used by me to add edging to my knitting. I never really took to it as a full "thing", but when I saw the Babette's blanket I decided it was worth the effort. I got the magazine from Interweave and realized that the stitches look "familiar," but I needed a refresher! Barbara came to my rescue! The pix will tell it all! Here you can see we are looking for the "just right" crochet hook size. the small sq needs to be only 1&3/4" small!
I am ready to start!

Barbara choosing her weaponsstill looking...

The first one!My first small square!!! (2 rounds). So, ok, I need practice...
Barbara left me with very clear explanations and I am on my way. 50 2 round sq, 49 4round sq, 16 6round sq, 7 8round sq, 2 10round sq, 2 12 round sq- but who's counting... Barbara showed me a marvelous way to crochet in the ends when you change colors, which will be a great help!
We had a marvelous time! Barbara made a wonderful project bag for me to store my squares!
and I am on my way...

18 comments:

magnusmog said...

What fun, it's great having friends who can pass their skills on. Your house looks lovely too:)

Sockapal said...

ooh crochet I think you have gone over to the dark side now... me too but dont tell anyone

sarah said...

I am looking forward to seeing what your colour sense does with that yarn regardless of the tool you use.

Hilde C. said...

I read on a blog (sorry, forgot which one) that The Ripple blanket and the Babette blanket are getting knitters to start crocheting. I looks like she's right :-) I love knitting, but when I started crocheting, I fell in love with that technique too. I gives a lot more opportunities to know both techniques. I'm looking forward to seeing your blanket :-)

And thanks for the hug - and I'm very glad to hear that knitting has positive physiological effects on the body :-)

Knitting Ewe said...

I love your determined pose - with crochet hook in hand! Cannot wait to see how it progresses!

Artis-Anne said...

Sounds like you have had a fun day. I so enjoy crafting with friends ; its so creative and rewarding to share I find.

Yvette said...

i want to make this too, i have had the pattern for ages but can't choose the yarns! would be great if you could share how to weave in the ends as i'm new to crochet!

Dorothy said...

Your crochet looks pretty good to me. I know the basics of crochet, but I haven't done anything other than a simple scarf when I was fifteen and some edges and sides here and there now.

Rebecca said...

I tried emailing you about my ny trip June 18-21 but I guess it didn't work - try emailing me: thefisherfamily@sbcglobal.net

Thanks!
Rebecca

Garngamen said...

Love those yarnboxes! great colours... So difficult to crochet. I bought the Interweave crochet magazine, and it looks simple but somhow I have a a new found respect for a square like that. I must say impressive.

astrid said...

that looks so great: the afternoon with your friend and the wonderful pattern of the crochet blanket. Crochet is such fun to do: you will love it. Good crocheting (that is not a word, is it? excuse my dutch-kinda-english)

Annie said...

I can't wait to see your babette!!!!!!!!

aquaknits said...

That is a really beautiful blanket! It's great that you have someone to help with your crochet, it looks like you're well on your way!

KnitNana said...

How cool. I love the project bag shot. I always get to enjoy your photo art when I stop by, it's just a feast for the eyes!!!
(and whoohoo, what is it that we're all thinking crochet?)
(((hugs)))

Rain said...

Looking good so far. I was late to the crochet fold too, but it's so useful and pretty.

I loved your idea for a belt for my black cardigan. Thank you!

Krawuggl said...

Oh, I so much want to make also a Babette blanket. My problem is not only the crochet and all those thousand threads to sew in, my first big problem is to choose the colours. I have a lot of sock yarn remnants and when I saw your first square I love so much that you are using variegated yarn, too. Now I am so much looking forward to see more of your patches.

Krawuggl said...

Forgot to say: Love your boxes for your yarn, they look so very neat and well-ordered. Just perfect to find always exactly the yarn you´ll need.

Kath said...

I agree that your boxes of yarn do look sumptuous before they're even crocheted up. I do love the Babettes blanket but I think that may be too big a project to start learning crochet with - maybe a Babettes cushion cover would have to do!