The Teddy Bear Blanket: Both a Crochet and Knit pattern!

so my brother in law is having a baby boy in August – and I wanted to make him and his new family a blanket. I started with a crochet pattern, because, quite frankly, I am INFINITELY better and faster at crocheting than I am at knitting.

So I found this pattern – and I made the following square

The problem is, that at certain angles you can tell there is a teddy bear, but for the most part, he is hardly visible. I was rather disappointed actually. So despite the fact that this measures about 12″ x 12″ and took me only an hour to whip out – I decided to find a new pattern.

That is when I came across this one. This teddy bear baby blanket is actually knitted. Which is a much slower process for me. And each square is about 7 1/2″ x 7″ – and each ones takes me more like 2 hours. which, to be honest – is a very slow process. However, it is absolutely adorable.

For some reason, the colors are really weird. The top bear is the same color as the blue in the above crochet’d square. and the bottom bear is actually a bright teal color.

I am really happy with where it is going. I am doing it slightly different than the pattern, because the pattern called for circular needles, and my circular needles are pre-occupied. So instead I am knitting it in verticle strips. I think 4 by 4 bears. and then I will sew them together and crochet a border.

Did you have a blanket or stuffed animal that was a favorite as a child? Do you still have it?

Mine was a cloth doll named Lyndsay – I still own her – in fact as a kid I took her everywhere and the legs came unsewn. I hadn’t really thought of her in years…  but about a year ago my mom actually got her fixed and gave her back to me. cool… yes?

If it was meant to be, it will happen – do you believe in fate?

I guess I believe you make your own fate. So when something happens, and it doesn’t go the way I wanted or expected, I can’t help but thinking there was something I could have done better. So when someone says to me “if it was meant to be, it will happen” or some variation of that, it really bothers me.

If you don’t get the job, or into graduate school, or onto the football team – I have a hard time saying that “it has nothing to do with you specifically.” I feel – of course it does! They didn’t select me because there was a better candidate. So what does that person have that I don’t? I know that a lot of these things are subjective and that there are many politics involved and behind the scene connections taking place. But I still believe that there is something I can change or improve to better my chances. If it was really just fate, then it wouldn’t matter if I worked harder. and I hate that. I want to know that my hard work counts for something.

So when you say “what’s to be will be” or whatever – I feel like you are really undermining everything I have worked for. And undermining all the work I am going to put in to change the results.

Perhaps that’s just a bit of skepticism – but I have to believe that I can do this, ME – that what I do makes a difference. Or all these hours, days, months, and years are a waste of my time and energy.

Knitting 2 socks at the same time!

I am learning to knit two socks at the same time on 2 sets of circular needles size 1.

  • First, I have never knitted a sock on circular needles.
  • Second, I have never knitted two socks at the same time
  • Third, I have never knitted ANYTHING on size 1 needles – they are SO small
I am very excited about this project! Here is what they yarn looks like – I really love the colors. It is a mix of purples and blues and even a few streaks of white and maroon

As of right now – I have only one row knitted – it took me a big to get things correctly casted on so that everything lined up like it is in the video, but now I have it! I am really looking forward to trying more tonight. The end where my cast-ons were split (ie not the side with the yarn) are a little loose – I am hoping I can tighten it up in a row or two – or I might have to start over.

To learn this technique – I searched the internet/ for helpful videos. You know, everything I know about crochet I learned from the internet, and a huge bit of that I learned from youtube. As knitting is more popular than crochet, it surprises me how few useful videos there are on knitting. Or maybe it is because there are so many more videos of knitting you have to sort through a lot of crap. It took me a bit to find this video – so I definitely want to share it with people interested in learning this technique!
Wish me luck!~

Have you ever knitted socks? Which ones are your favorite? share your patterns, pictures, blog posts here!

Return of the Jedi – err return of the Ashley

yes – it has been over a month since I have written here. Not really sure why. I think of things to write – and then – just don’t write them. And that really isn’t good for anybody. I have been really busy – with family in town for a week and a week on a cruise ship – And I spent a lot of time writing 22 articles in my fitness blog last month – but that doesn’t justify a month’s absence. nothing does. I would like to thank my friend Jackie – because she commented on several of my posts last week including Five For Friday and my Headband post which sent me an email and reminded me – hey YOU HAVE A BLOG. 

So here I am – starting again.

As an aside – I finally purchased a little 2 dollar notebook so that I can write to-do lists and jot down things like blog ideas as I think of them in addition to quick scheduling notes and plans. Some day I really want an ipad or ipod touch that I can carry in my purse to serve the same purpose (and more obviously) but I cant yet justify the price – particularly since i really want the ipad and it is just way too expensive.

So in the mean time here is my little notebook

Isn’t it cute? as you can see – it is smaller than the height of a standard pen and probably about 3.5 inches wide. I tend to carry pretty big purses but it is nice to have something that will fit in my relatively smaller pink purse that I love so much.

Anyways – please check back – I have decided that one of June goals is to write in this blog 15 times in the month of June so check back and if you are on twitter – hold me to it! @Ashleysh22

I think I might even try my hand at a few political posts. Meghan McCain is my current favorite political blogger. Have you read any of her stuff?

How do you keep track of your to-do items? Do you make a list? hand write? type? phone? computer?