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A Crochet Finish and A Cross Stitch Catch Up

Happy October! The last 2 months have almost been a blur. I had company here until yesterday and spent time prepping for that visit. It was a wonderful visit with my Mother-in-law, but as always, way too short. I still spent a good amount of time knitting, crocheting and cross stitching. My MIL loves those things, too, so we made sure to have our crafty time together.

So where did I last leave off…Oh yeah. I was trying to finish up unfinished projects. After I finished my Windsor Mitts I pulled out my Nature’s Walk Blanket crochet blocks.

crocheting blocks together

I started this blanket about 3 years ago. It is the Nature’s Walk Blanket by Sandra Paul. I had never crocheted blocks before and I remember how thrilled I was when I completed my first block. So I continued on and crocheted 48 blocks in 6 different designs. The instructions are very well written with very helpful images. After finishing the blocks, I think I was a bit intimidated by not knowing if I could actually stitch the blocks together or crochet the border. So I set it aside. I am sure some other projects were calling my name, too. After reading through the directions, I jumped right in.

I was actually crocheting the blocks together and it was quite easy. Again, the instructions were well written and very helpful.

The border

After all of the blocks were crocheted together, I began the border. I was so nervous, but I pressed on. The first couple of rows went well. Then the pattern switched to creating a pattern in the border.

Hearts in the border

The pattern was creating open holes in the shape of hearts. And I was doing well. My holes were lining up the way they were supposed to, and I was elated!

Border corner

My corners were looking pretty good. All the holes were lining up and I was nearing a finish!

Not quite right

I thought I had finished until I laid it out and noticed that I missed a peak near the top in the photo. I couldn’t have that, so I ripped out the last row and a half.

Frogged part of the border
A finish!

So I have a finish! I am so proud of myself for what I have done on this blanket and for finishing it. It really turned out so beautifully and I think Barb, the woman who taught me to crochet when I was 11 years old, would also be proud of me. I am even thinking about making another one of these blankets in the near future.

Now for my cross stitch update on the Fox & Rabbit 2022 MSAL. When I last posted about this one, it looked like this:

Since then, I have added the August section, September section and I finished both borders on September 30, the day before the October section was to come out.

2022 MSAL

And here is the October section completed, so now I am completely caught up with this one.

October section

I will share what is on my knitting needles next time. What have you been working on? I’d love to hear about it.

Ginny

17 thoughts on “A Crochet Finish and A Cross Stitch Catch Up

    1. He really is a cute sheep. He makes me smile. I never thought that he was quietly looking at me, supporting me and pushing me to go on. But I will from now on πŸ™‚ Thank you for your sweet comment about my blanket. I am really pleased with it.

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  1. It’s a beautiful blanket, glad you finished it.
    Your floss color is gorgeous on the SAL.
    I am working on a Lizzie Kate Halloween mystery from a few years back.
    Marilyn

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  2. well done on finishing your CAL ^^ I made that one too. My first attempt at crocheting blocks too, since I’d only ever made amigurumi before.

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  3. That’s a gorgeous blanket, Ginny! ❀️ And your MSAL is looking just awesome. I’m just starting on the September section since we moved house recently–I’ll probably take a while to get caught up! πŸ™‚

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  4. The blanket is fabulous, such lovely colours.
    I love your Fox and Rabbit sampler too, another favourite colour of mine. I like that they give people a smaller piece every now and then to let you catch up!

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  5. That is absolutely a magnificent and charming blanket, that border is amazing. You did a fabulous job. Sometimes waiting to finish a project until you feel comfortable with it, makes the joy the creating process so much more satisfying.
    Your cross stitch is coming along great.

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    1. Thank you, E.C. I am so pleased with myself for crocheting an entire blanket. I was dreading it because I didn’t think I could do it. Especially the border. I am so happy to know that I can do it and am even thinking about making another some day.

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