The crochet pattern is “Beautiful Shells Blanket” and is designed around a central square. I’m working it in pinks and white using yarn from my stash. It is acrylic yarn, an assortment of brands (hmmm…) and worsted weight. I am using a Boye H, 5mm soft grip crochet hook.
I’ve called the project, AmiDoll’s SweetHeart in memory of my Cocker Spaniel, AMCH Kindred Playin’ By Heart, Ami. And a sweeter heart would be difficult to find.
I’m not sure how much yarn it will require because I’m scrapping it from yarn I bought to make my little amigurumi AmiDoll. But I’ll keep adding to it until the scraps are woven into this lovely pattern.
Right: AmiDoll In The Pink for Breast Cancer Prevention. The pattern for the doll is available free on this site.
I first met my granddaughter Emma Adrienne on a family trip to a Gulf Coast beach. She was born in July and was a tiny infant at the time. Living 1000 miles away, it took some coordination to travel, but that sweet face was my blessing as well as the beautiful white sand beach.
Emma has been my muse ever since then, and though my clothing construction skills are minimal, for her I try. Among my favorite patterns are those from the Pickles studio in Norway. http://www.pickles.no/
Or the Crochet Crowd’s Bubble Dress that didn’t work because all that ruffling was far too heavy for a crocheted dress. Pretty in theory, awful as a garment. I called it a Not So Bubbly Bubble Dress and ended up taking it all apart and made Emma a sweater jacket from some of the yarn. The ruffling–I don’t know what I’ll do with that–it is pretty, but not practical.
This is Lion Brand’s Short and Sweet Child’s Cardigan pattern. Just right for cooler southern days.
My daughter’s best friend is expecting her first child and so I went back to the beach for inspiration. Sand and sun and blue skies with sparkling ocean spray are reflected in this baby afghan made with the Fanfare stitch. http://www.lionbrand.com/faq/353.html?www=1
New baby’s Day at the Beach afghan worked in a modified shell stitch, Fanfare.
Back to the sea to find another pearl.
Life often double-tracks so suddenly you don’t know where you are. Familiar is not anymore, rules that once were firm, vaporize. And that’s when you grab hold of those fibers and start weaving your life together again.
So I’ve several projects underway. A delicate knitted shawl, a sassy crocheted purse, a new crocheted summer afghan to get those blues into my living room, and then the way cute amigurumi dolls. My first was a teacup designed by artist Ana Paulo Rimoli. Then I created the first of my Cocker Spaniels, Ami. My daughter has a new kitten, so I poked around trying to create a cat that looks more like a pig so I’ll have to try again. This morning I designed a tulip ami doll
The Shirley Tulip
based on the Shirley variety that starts pale cream and increasingly is washed with purples. They are beautiful and so here is my first try at creating the Shirley Tulip.