Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Hi Friends!

As promised in my last blog entry, here is the baby blanket for which I created a very simple pattern. Look at my last posting to find the pattern and send me a picture if you make one. I'd be glad to show it on my blog!

Have a pleasant evening!


Still on the Search, but have found wonderful things!

Hi Everyone!
Well, my search for the baby layette has, so far been unsuccessful. However, I am still looking and will post whatever I eventually find.

In the meantime, I have just finished a baby blanket, and will post a picture later today. I am a relatively new knitter, though my other skills have been building for many years in crochet and other fine hand crafting.

So, what do you do when faced with an upcoming baby shower for someone you think a lot of and want to try out your new craft for?

Easy projects, using basic skills are just as lovely as more complicated ones, especially with the effort and love invested in them. Using my basic knit and pearl skills, I made a most lovely baby blanket, using Lion Brand Baby Homespun-- highly recommended for its warmth and lighness. It is a pale yellow-- good for boys or girls!

Basically, I made the following pattern:
Cast on 100 stitches. Knit across. Knit in the garter stitch for 10 rows ( for those new to the craft, that means knit stitch in each row-- very simple and gives a nice ridged effect.).

After 10 rows, knit first 10 stitches of next row and place a plastic marker on the needle. Pearl until the last 10 stitches in the row and place another marker, then knit the last 10 stitches.

Next row, Knit 10, pearl until you reach the last 10 stitches, then knit the last 10 rows. The markers will help you know when you have reached 10 stitches on each end.

Continue in this pattern until the desired length is reached-- 46-50 inches is a good size for a crib or pram blanket.

Knit the last 10 rows, as you did the first 10 rows. Finish off.

Voila! You have a lovely blanket that any parent would be happy to have for their new Bundle of Joy!

Enjoy your day, and keep smining-- it makes people wonder what you're up to!!

For today,

Friday, March 27, 2009

Welcome to Angel Pond Cottage Blog!

Welcome to my blog!

This blog is about all things quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting; just about any hand craft of this type. Angel Pond Cottage is my business, but I also will be interested in posting conversations about finding out things for personal use and creativity as well.

For example, I am currently trying to find a pattern for a popcorn crochet infant layette. This is something that I had years ago, and no longer have the pattern. It seems as though it is gettting harder and harder to find layette sets to make. I'm not too sure why, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd like to hear from you.

I have checked the usual places: google search, major yarn companies on line, local shops, JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts, etc.

Any ideas?