Wednesday Crochet: April Fools!

Were you expecting a recipe??  Well, tough luck!  We are switching it up in celebration of this zany Holiday!  Also, a quick Happy Birthday shout out to our Aunt Debbie! (Mother Nature's best April Fools prank, Love You Babs!)  

Back when Eric and I were living in Boston, I started getting the hobby itch.  I had been thinking about getting a sewing machine or teaching myself how to make stuff.  On one of my trips back home, we went to my favorite bookstore and found this, the Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.  I started looking through it and really loved the patterns.  The book was a great tool for learning how to crochet and the directions were laid out so clearly.  The bug had hit me!

I bought a skein of yarn and a set of crochet hooks and away I went.  It wasn't long before I was turning out baby blankets, hats, potholders and scarves.  I would crochet on my commute to work or  if I had a day off to myself, I would have a hat made for Eric by the time he got home from work.  I'm a big movie watcher, but I was starting to get very antsy sitting still.  Crocheting kept me busy while I watched my movies.  It made me feel like I was accomplishing something even though I was being lazy! 

A simple shrug
Amy and I trying to look all cool with our matching hat and scarf

My neice, Abby, with a backpack I made her! 

I'm a little picky with crochet books.  There are MANY out there but I try to stick with ones I can really utilize.  And sometimes I'll even get a knitting book if I can convert a super sweet pattern into crochet.  Another book that I have ALOT of love for is Hip Hats & Cool Caps by Afya Ibomu.  I wasn't much of a hat wearer until I got this book!  Not only are there some great patterns like a classic baseball hat or the old school Kangol bucket hat, but it features Erykah Badu, Common and Dead Prez.  My "everyday" hat comes from this book.

My "everyday" hat.  If I'm having a bad hair day, I'm probably wearing it!

This is my favorite hat I've made for Eric.
Many of the patterns I use also come from Lion Brand Yarns website.  They have tons of patterns that are lots of fun.  I haven't gotten to the point of creating my own patterns or designs yet.  Maybe a goal for the future?  

As my friends and relatives started having babies, it gave me a chance to make plenty of baby blankets!  Although I like making scarves and hats, baby blankets seem to bring me the most joy.  When my cousin Shelley was expecting her first baby (also the first grandchild of the family), my mom was insistent that I should make a baby blanket.  Of course I had every intention of doing it but as my mom and cousin pointed out, no one in our family makes anything anymore and baby blankets can be such a precious keepsake. 

Think about it, how long did you keep your favorite blanket around for??

And now I have even MORE baby blankets to make!  Three babies are on their way this year, and they need something to keep them warm at night!  So in the moments when I'm not cooking, I'll have a crochet hook and yarn in my hands!

I'm sending a message out to my preggo friends Katie, Lindsay and Karli.....your baby could be wrapped up in this blanket! 

Stay tuned for another culinary adventure!  See you then!

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