Baby Blanket Crocheted With Crochet Alphabet

The baby blanket was ordered from my favorite grocery checker. She ordered 2 blankets: a boy and a girl blanket. I crocheted the girly blanket pretty quickly as I had a plan for the yarn and the design. The boy blanket was a little harder.

baby blanket with stitched alphabet letters

And with the boy blanket, do I use just one color, many shades of that color? Little boy blue? Green, yellow? What will I choose? Now its time to get into my work space.

As I was sitting in my home office, looking my shelves of yarn, one shelf has Encore Worsted in red, blue, green, yellow and orange. Perfect color choices for baby blanket. How will I use these primary colors in a blanket?

Encore Worsted yarn, primary colors are chosen

Now to set up the color sequence. Open Excel spreadsheet and start to paint with color stripes and blocks of color. For instance, I came up with these blocks shown below. All primary colors and each column the colors shift one space to the left. Therefore, red was chosen as the beginning of the blanket.

The sequence followed a color wheel: red, blue, green, yellow, orange. No purple for this blanket. Most importantly, its fun to mix with colors. As you can see, using Excel to play with the gives you ideas on how the blankets will turn out. I highly recommend trying it.

I found the crochet letters on Moogly blog. Be sure to check out the blog for caps and lowercase letters, with easy to follow instructions and pictures. With 25 squares and 26 alphabet letters, I crocheted the M & N smaller to fit into one square. You could do that for Y, Z if you want.

baby blanket closeup of M,N to fit into color block

To finish up, putting a border around the blanket will frames the blanket and smoothes the edges of the crochet stitches. This blanket has a border of 4 colors, each side has one color edging. This blanket can be crocheted in a weekend. If you want the pattern for the alphabet baby blanket, just click the link and it will take you to my shop page.

Yarn Crawl 2018, 4 Days of Yarny Fun in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Yarn Crawl, is an annual opportunity to discover local yarn shops one has never been to but want to visit. It is a 4-day romp around L.A, from as far east to Claremont, north to Santa Clarita, south to Long Beach, and west to Santa Monica and stores in between, 26 stores including a mobile shop.

So how does one plan their crawl? With research and the yarn crawl website www.layarncrawl.org was the place to get all the information. Let’s begin with:

The Map  

The guide to get you from shop to shop. Color coded groupings of shops along the freeways, you could navigate your way with ease. Plus the map ensured you made it to each shop.

The Passport  

Your guide to the location of the shops, are also grouped together. Once you got to the shop, your passport was stamped and a collectable pin was given to you. A way to make sure you did visit all the shops in the group. Plus a FREE Knit and Crochet pattern. A Win-Win already.

My plethora of patterns collected from the crawl

 

Yarn Crawl Bag, before pins

The Tote Bag  

One must have something to carry all that yarn in, right? This year’s bag is an extra large natural canvas, with long handles; the chic sheep wearing his sunglasses and hat.

Yarn crawl Bag, after, with pins attached from all shops

 

Each store had a drawing for one of the large gift baskets full of yarn, needles and more from the Super Sponsors of the Yarn Crawl. Some stores even had daily raffles.

4 days, 26 yarn shops, navigating many Los Angeles freeways, what could be better? The Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize, if you visit at least 1 shop in each of the regions and turn in your passport, is STITCHES SoCal 2018 VIP Prize Package, which includes up to 24 hours of classes, VIP seating at the Fashion Show and Fashion Show Dinner, VIP seating at the Student Banquet & Style Show; All Access to Stitches So Cal 2018 Market; Hotel Room at one of the host hotels Wednesday thru Monday.  What a great grand prize, and because its in So Cal, what a great opportunity to go to a Stitches conference.

This was the first time to attempt to get to all 26 shops, not in the super speedy 2 days that some crawlers did it, but within 3 days. With a few bumps in the road to start the crawl, I was able to shop 4 stores on Thursday.

Half of my yarn crawl haul, along with metal accessory boxes, phone stand, buttons

 

Lee drove me the rest of the crawl, Friday through Sunday, I navigated the freeways for him. We hit all the stores, and yarn was purchased. I had a goal in mind, I knew what I wanted in yarn, planning ahead for crochet animals. I was able to find some yarn for the animals, lovely bright colors. Found yarns for larger animals, and even found a few items that are not yarn, but yarn related like the Wool Light I picked up at Creative Ewe in Santa Clarita.

The Little Knittery, Crochet Pattern, with Noro Yarn

Stitches In Time, Knit Shawl Pattern and Uluru Yarn

 

Creative Ewe, Wool Light I picked up

 

We had a great time traversing the vast freeways to shops far and near. Yarns I purchased, like Noro, Encore Chunky and Mega, and Cascade Yarns Anthem are new to me. Now its time to get back to crocheting, crafting, designing and planning.