First of all, I believe an apology is in order. Life seems to have become rather muddly and busy over the last few weeks and I have got very behind with my posts. I have completed a number of projects, and remembered to take photos of them before parting with them, but just haven’t had time to sit down and write them up.
Last month I crocheted a couple “Lovie Blankets” for the daughters of two different young friends. One of them was staying with us for a couple of days, and the other is from our church. The photo at the top is of the opened out cover of the book I used. I had used it before to make one for another friend a couple of years ago, so it was good to be able to use it again.
For those of you who haven’t come across them before, Lovie Blankets are a cross between a “Blankie” and a stuffed toy. They are quite quick to make and a great gift for babies and young children. I decided to call on one of the new techniques I have learned for making Octopals (see OFAPNZ) and used “yarn under” for making the animals in the centre of the blankets. This makes the finished item a bit firmer, but ensures that none of the stuffing escapes. I didn’t stuff them nearly as much as the Octopals, which have to be as firm as possible, so they were still quite “squishy”.
I made a bear for one of the little girls, and a puppy for the other. Each one only took a couple of days to make, so I managed to get them both done within a week. I enjoyed making them and am sure I will find excuses to make more in the future.