Chevron Crochet Baby Blanket

This project kind of fell under the radar. I completed and gifted it back in March for a friend at her baby shower. In the deep freeze of January and February, I love having a crochet project to keep my hands warm in the evenings and this one certainly kept me occupied. It was probably the most tedious afghan I've ever made, being all single crochets, but the lush result was well worth it.

The pattern I used is by Krista Winters and is posted for free on her blog. I had no problems at all with the main chevron pattern. Although, it is helpful to know that you start your three single crochets in the first of three single crochets from the last row. Thanks to Jessica in the comments for that tip.

I did, however, ignore the instructions for the triangles on either end. I spent many hours trying to figure out why the instructions weren't working out and even tried some of the methods posted in the comments, but nothing was working. In the end, all I did was stitch it exactly the same way as the rest of the blanket, reducing each row by one until the "V" met in the center. Worked like a charm. So simple. I don't know why no one else suggested it. If you need a more detailed description, just let me know and I'll stitch a sample to remind myself. I have the worst memory.

I used a combination of Bernat Satin in Silk (white) and Red Heart Soft Touch in Shade (blue), because I had it on hand and because acrylic is so soft and washable, perfect for babies.

Now here's the up side of tedious crochet projects like this: you can watch TV while you work. Always a plus in my books. I crocheted through several seasons of The Good Wife for this one, and that's something to be proud of. That and a beautiful baby gift, I guess. Haha!

Mother's Day PSA

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, guys. May 10th! Consider this a gentle reminder to be prepared and avoid the guilt trip entirely this year. As always, Etsy is full of shops with lovely gift ideas to make your mom happy, including Dear Edna. But don't forget shipping times. For my shop, Mother's Day orders should be placed no later than tomorrow (Friday, April 24th) for U.S. delivery and next Wednesday (April 29th) for Canadians. Happy shopping!

Shop Update: Kimono Dressing Gowns

I'm thrilled to be back again this week to announce another new product for Spring — dressing gowns

These have been in the making for a very long time (I made my first one back in 2012), so I'm both excited and relieved that these are finally ready!

And just in time for Mother's Day. But these would also make great gifts for bridesmaids, new or expecting mothers, or just to get your bestie through a rough patch. Sometimes we all need something soft and sexy to make us feel beautiful.

They're a one-size-fits-all, knee-length kimono style that drapes beautifully off the shoulder. Prefer a shorter sleeve? They look equally as cute rolled up.

Currently available in five different floral prints and made of a beautifully soft and lightweight cotton called voile. It feels almost like silk, but breathes and washes like cotton. Triple win.

After some testing, I chose to sew all of the robes with French seams. This method completely encloses the raw edge, which maximizes comfort (no itchy serging against your bare skin) and minimizes fraying (a concern with such a delicate fabric).

There's a little loop on the back so you can hang it up on a hook easily. I like to store the belt in there sometimes too, as there are no belt loops.

I also chose to include a set of "modesty" ties on the inside of the robe. You may not always choose to tie them, but they do prevent wardrobe malfunctions in front of the mailman.

Please visit my shop for even more pictures and details and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Shop Update

I'm thrilled announce that there are now three handmade quilts available in my shop! Two patchwork baby blankets and a whole-cloth lap-size. Perfect for all your baby and bridal showers this Spring.

I think I've mentioned here before that quilting is something I've dreamed of my entire life. My grandmother was a talented quilter, often sewing them completely by hand, and I have memories playing underneath her quilting frames. I recently learned that my other grandmother quilted from time-to-time as well and that some of my aunts quilt too. So I was eager to carry on the family tradition.

It didn't take long for my interest to turn into a passion. The world of quilts is a never-ending well of inspiration for me and has renewed my creativity at a time when I really needed it. It's taught me to value slowness, accuracy and quality. It calms and focusses. It's made me a better sewer.

In short, I love it and I'm super excited to finally be able to share some of that love with you! 

Given how labour-intensive quilting can be, I'm not sure when I'll be able to post more designs, but I'm definitely open to taking commissions, if you have something or someone special in mind.

Speaking of custom requests, embroidery works really well on quilts and adds  a sweet personal touch to a special gift. Here are some examples of embroidery I've added to quilts for friends.