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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

basketweave stitch baby blanket

long distance friends. i would have to say that most of my good friends are the ones who do not live anywhere near me. it's the by product of the third culture kid. i met debbie my junior year in bangkok. she was the exotic new girl, with a funky, creative style. i can't recall the social setting where we met but she called me that night to invite me to her birthday party and our friendship blossomed from there. i haven't seen debbie since 1997, the summer after my freshman year of college. we speak maybe once a year on the phone, when she's visiting her husband Bob's family in Iowa. i write her handwritten letters when i can and she even met up with buu for dinner when buu was in Bangkok this year. and every time we chat, it's like no time has passed, we're still silly, giggly teenagers. i was so pleased when she emailed me in the early summer with the news of her pregnancy (partially because i rarely receive emails from her, she's so busy with her singing career and missionary work). i immediately started brainstorming up baby gifts for her. i don't know the sex of the baby (she's spotty with the communication) so i chose a neutral off-white.

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3 skeins later, i finally completed a basketweave stitch blanket. i'm in love with this pattern: the texture, ease (when i finally figured it out!) and feel of the blanket. it's pretty hot in thailand but if debbie ever makes it to her homeland of italy in the winter or hits an Iowa winter, hopefully the blanket will keep her baby warm. :) i did follow a pattern, but rather than doing the edging in reverse HDC, i just did two rounds of single crochet. if i can ever get debbie to email me back and let me know the sex of the baby or if she has a color scheme, or anything, i'd like to either make booties or a stuffed animal as well. the baby is due in late December so i've got some time.

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the blanket measures 28x30" and is 6 oz. Simply Soft Caron, in Off White 9702. as noted, i used 3 skeins, and the J/10-6.00MM hook.

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last, please don't forget about the boob bake off.

Today's Soundtrack, Debbie Klongtruadroke-Scott, All this for Me.

"Who would have ever thought/You’d do that for me/Who would have ever dreamed/A king on his knees/The reason for it being me..."

me and debbie

we were such babies!! :)



8 comments:

  1. Lan, the blanket looks great! You really do have good tension. Congrats on the completion! Can't wait to see what you do next ;)

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  2. thanks Kirby! i don't think i'll be posting any yarn projects anytime soon... the rest are going to be holiday gifts... i think.

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  3. this is beautiful! You're such a talented hooker. ;)

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  4. thanks jen! i strive to be a good hooker. :)

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  5. I LOVE this blanket! Do you have a pattern for it? I've been looking around for basketweave stitch instructions online and they all see to end up with the stitches going the same way. Yours look like each group of stitches alternate directions...

    Thanks!

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  6. Hi Jodi,
    I followed this pattern.thanks so much for visiting. please let me know if you need anything else!

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  7. Wow! I can't figure out how you did that with a crochet hook. I can do that with knitting needles but sideways with a crochet? So lovely.

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  8. chi wc, i actually learned how to make this particular stitch thru youtube videos. i learned how to knit before crochet but once i learned the basics with a hook, i just never put it down. it just makes me more sense to me. and this particular pattern is my favorite.

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