Crocheting my way out of boredom

I am now officially on maternity leave. Though to be honest, I stopped going into the office from mid January. I am also officially bored and fed-up. Sitting at home alone all day, day after day is quite mind numbing. I really would not have minded all this free time if I could go out and about and do stuff, but I am almost house bound, and trust me, that SUCKS!!!

Right, now that my little rant is off my chest, I can carry on with what has been making stuff bearable round these parts. I decided to start making things for the baby. I have given up on making anything for myself because

1) Its depressing to sew for my ever expanding frame
2) I will have a limited time to wear them, and I don’t want to waste fabric on maternity clothes when I don’t even go out of the house.

So I decided to crochet a baby blanket. I have never made one before, and my crochet skills are quite rudimentary, but I have made two hats before, so I figured I could do this as well. I decided to do one using granny squares, as I can do a couple a day when I am motivated. So far I have been at it for a week.

The idea is to use white as the border for these squares

The most difficult part was deciding on the yarn and colours to use.

I am using King Cole Bamboo Cotton. So I bought 1 of each of the main colours, and 2 white. I also tried to make baby booties. They look really small, so I will change the hook size and go 1 size up.

I have also decided I want to make a cardigan. I enrolled on a Craftsy course by Linda Permann, to learn how to make that cute little baby cardigan.

I have already bought the yarn for this as well. So as soon as I am done with the blanket, I will move on to this one.

Have a nice week people.

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37 Comments

  1. March 4, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    I think the blanket will look lovely – nice colours!

  2. March 4, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    I'm sorry you are so bored 🙁
    I love the colors you chose for the blanket, they really pop against the white borders!

  3. March 4, 2012 / 6:43 pm

    Your granny squares are great, they're so even! (Can you tell I'm not that great at crocheting!!). I love the colours you've picked too, they're lovely and bright.

  4. March 4, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    Sweet! The blanket colour scheme is lovely Dibs. The last few weeks can feel a little stir crazy. Hang in there hun!!
    Px

  5. March 4, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    This is so cute! I wish I could croche, I'm working on knitting at the moment which is hard enough! When I was pregnant I made quilts.

  6. March 4, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Wow! Granny squares! I can crochet a little, but my squares are almost always lumpy, weird things. I love the colors you choose, the blanket will be gorgeous. What a lucky little baby. 🙂

  7. March 4, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Don't think you'll be bored for long! The crocheting is a great idea & looks like you're racing through the granny squares. What a posh mini wardrobe Noah will have 🙂

  8. March 4, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    Wow Dibs, your crochet's looking amazing! That blanket is going to be lovely and I love the cardigan you want to make too. I've recently started to learn how to crochet…but I so don't get it at all at the moment!

  9. March 4, 2012 / 10:28 pm

    Just as Scruffybadger says, you really won't be bored for long. You'll be so glad of all your crochet time. Those colours you have chosen are gorgeous. I haven't crocheted anything in a long time and when I did I didn't use cotton. I can see what a difference it makes. Really neat. I'm 'well jel'!

  10. March 5, 2012 / 3:01 am

    Daw! Cheer up Jellybean! Soon you'll be up to your eyeballs in not busy! (And I so feel your pain but for a different reason–I've been unemployed for over a year now, and it SUCKS. Evereyone's always like "Oh wow, I'd KILL for all the free time you have!" No, no you wouldn't. There's only so much daytime TV one can watch, so many books one can read–and I'm a book addict–and only, yes, so much you can sew before you really want to pull your hair out! And applying to jobs gets really depressing really fast.)

    The crochet looks fabulous. I've tried to learn twice now and it just does not take. I can knit though!

  11. March 5, 2012 / 8:03 am

    I love the colours, they're really cheerful and fun. Your stitching is so neat and tidy too. I think it'll be perfect.

  12. March 5, 2012 / 10:04 am

    The granny squares look fab, great colour choice – I love how the white border makes the colours really pop. The bootees are cute. Sorry you are feeling so bored, but hang on in there! x

  13. Anonymous
    March 5, 2012 / 11:06 pm

    I love the colours you've chosen for the blanket and your crochet is so even it's fab! I tried doing granny squares once and mine were all shapes, I gave up on crochet. Hope the pain is bearable, not so long to wait now…
    Debbie B

  14. March 6, 2012 / 12:05 am

    Ooh, this is going to be so sweet! I love these colors– they're so bright and fun… a nice change of pace from the pastel colors you usually see for babies. I hope you're able to stay entertained over the next little while! I'll be thinking of you!

  15. March 6, 2012 / 9:12 am

    Make the most of the peace to crochet!
    What lovely colours you have picked out 🙂

  16. March 6, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    So proud you found some fun stuff to do..while your home bound..
    I know it can be so frustrating…[But real soon…it will be well worth it, Baby Noah will be letting you know, he is in the house.lol

    Your blanket is going to be so pretty, and Love the booties. Baby things are so sweet…and fun to make.

    Take care of your self.. And know I am sending prayers your way.

  17. March 6, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful work. Am sorry you are stuck at home. Now you know why people used to say that a woman was "in confinement" when she was in late pregnancy. Remember that growing things need a fallow time before they spring forth into new life each Spring. You are in a fallow time right now. Even if you don't enjoy it, it is a necessary time for you and for the baby. Prayers are with you.

  18. March 12, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I am. My rope is slowly coming apart though.

  19. March 12, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    Ha, I wish I could make quilts. I fear I am much to lazy.

  20. March 12, 2012 / 6:16 pm

    lol. Provided I finish all of them. I have been known to start and not finish.

  21. March 12, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    and I on the other hand am envious of your ability to knit so effortlessly.

  22. March 12, 2012 / 6:18 pm

    The yarn feels so soft and smooth. I think I might buy some to make something for myself this summer.

  23. March 12, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    Tell me about it. I'm tired of watching stuff. I can't even go to the library to get books as I am having mobility issues. lol.

  24. March 12, 2012 / 6:27 pm

    Yeah not long at all. Its all I can think of. lol

  25. March 12, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks Ginger. I thought I might start passing on my love for bright colours to the young man as soon as he arrives. Its never too early I think. lol

  26. March 12, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks Judy. Not long to go now.

  27. March 12, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    Thanks for the prayers LinB. I really do need them.

  28. March 12, 2012 / 6:30 pm

    Thanks Roo.

  29. March 12, 2012 / 6:31 pm

    Thank you. I think I am running out of steam now.

  30. March 12, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    Yeah that got me too. I tried one first, and decided to do a white border on all.

  31. March 12, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    lol. Thanks hon.

  32. March 13, 2012 / 3:50 pm

    I love the colours you are using they look lovely and fresh especially for a new born.
    I quite like crochet, I thinking it's easier than knitting and faster too.

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