Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Retro Baby Blanket {On the Hook}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

Retro Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve spent the last few months working on this baby blanket. Not steady work, just off and on when I haven’t felt like doing much of anything else. You know those days, when you need to do something but you don’t want to think too much or too hard?

The blanket is for a young couple at our church who are having a baby boy in the next few months. They have two of the most adorable little girls, all bubbly and bouncy and full of giggles, ribbons and bows. That poor little boy is going to have a hard way to go. Smile.

I selected the colors:

  • Aran
  • Turquoise
  • Latte
  • Coffee

Because I thought they were appropriately boy but not traditionally boy. The parents are a young and hip couple with a Christian rock edge to them. And, well, I like coffee so any colors that evoke images of my beloved beverage can’t be wrong, right? Right.

I still have the vest from a few months back that I need to finish, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. Maybe I’ll try my hand at something new like boot socks. Or leg warmers. Or fingerless gloves. Or a hat.

What are you working on this week?


Finished Baby Blanket {Yarn Along}

A few weeks ago, a friend (and mentor) of mine sent me a message on Facebook letting me know that he and his wife are expecting their first child this spring. To say I was excited for them would be putting it mildly. I get a little misty every. single. time. a friend tells me they’re expecting. Chalk it up to my uterus being closed for business.

Anyway, I immediately started thinking about what I could get for the new little person. I wanted something thoughtful and original, something that would reflect the respect that I have for the parents… And that’s when it occurred to me to make a baby blanket.

Baby Blanket Squares {Living Outside the Stacks}So I went to the craft store and spent an enormous amount of time feeling yarns, matching up colors and trying to determine how I wanted to create the blanket. I settled on 3 main colors {blue and 2 shades of brown} and a “bump” color {cream}. I thought the camo blue, brown and beige was appropriately baby boy friendly and just a little bit fun.

I opted against using a pattern for this project because I sometimes have a difficult time following them. Instead, I just played it by ear. I decided to make the blanket out of Granny Squares because they’re very traditional and allow for a lot of creativity and flexibility with the pattern.

Granny Squares {Living Outside the Stacks}After crocheting what felt like a million little Granny Squares, the next biggest decision was how I should join the squares. There are several methods:

  • Whip Stitch
  • Single Crochet
  • Join as You Go
  • Triple Crochet

I’m sure there are others but I don’t know them. I decided to use the last method (I’m not even sure if that’s the correct name but that’s the stitch I used). I liked that it gave the seams some substance and it really allowed what I call the “bump” color to pop the squares.

Baby Blanket {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m incredibly happy with the finished product. Especially when you consider I didn’t use a pattern and this is my first time working with Granny Squares. I consider this a full fledged win. My prayer is that my friend and his family will be blessed in the years to come and that their little boy will bring them all the joy and laughter that comes with raising a little person.

My next project is a skirt. Once again, no pattern. Wish me luck!

What are you creating?

I’m linking up with Small Things for Yarn Along.


Children are a Heritage {Yarn Along}

Children are a Heritage

A few weeks ago, a friend called to tell me that he and his wife are expecting their first son in early spring. I couldn’t have been more thrilled for them. I immediately started thinking about what I could get to help welcome their little one into the world and it occurred to me that the greatest gift that I could give is one that comes from the heart ~ a handmade baby blanket.

The blanket will be made of 3 solid colors {dark brown, tan and baby blue} and blue, dark brown and tan multicolored granny squares. I’m trying to decide whether or not to use a contrasting yarn to stitch the squares together. I kind of like the idea of using a cream but I haven’t decided just yet. This is the first time that I’m using granny squares to make a blanket, so I’m being ambitiously creative.

I’m also reading The Midwife’s Confession by Diane Chamberlain. This is one of the books on my list of 12 that I’d planned to read this year {you can see my list by clicking here}. I’m trying to branch out and read a wider variety of books. I haven’t formed an opinion of the book yet, I really just started it but I’ll write a review once I’m finished.

I’m linking up with:

Do you crochet or knit? What projects are you working on right now?

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