Sharing my Summer Garden with You

One of the things I love about Summer is the variety of beautiful blooms that we get to enjoy in various parts of our garden. I would like to share with you some of the flowers I captured on camera. I am not sure of all their names but hope to one day learn. There’s something so uplifting about looking at, smelling and touching these magnificent creations. Enjoy!

 

 

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Fresh scented lilacs
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A Preamble to Hobbies….Crochet Style

Some of my friends have requested that I add more topics to this blog that include my hobbies. I would be delighted to do so! To start with, I thought I would share some of my past and recent crochet projects, mostly inspired by my children. Crochet is a wonderful activity to help you unwind and whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can use whatever skills you have to create beautiful, meaningful gifts such as baby blankets, bootees, hats, scarves, mitts, bags, headbands, the list goes on!

You may be wondering where to start if you have never before picked up a crochet hook (which looks like a miniature shepherd’s staff). I would highly recommend starting out with videos on Youtube. The benefit to watching a video as an introduction to crochet is that you will clearly see the techniques used in manipulating the crochet hook and you can even learn the different types of stitches (like double crochet, single crochet etc.). Once you are familiar with using the crochet hook, you can then start to look at books and patterns to make your projects. Trying to read a pattern before you have learned what the actual stitches are is like trying to decipher an ancient Greek text (which I could only successfully do with the aid of my nerdy multilingual husband). Youtube is also useful if you haven’t crocheted in a while and simply want to brush up your skills.

So without further ado, here are some of my projects, mostly done while I was pregnant in preparation for a cute, cuddly baby. Links to the patterns are included. Happy Crocheting!

Baby girl sweater

Baby girl sweater (pink)
Made with love for my dear daughter

Baby Sweater

baby girl sweater
My daughter (when she was 9 months old) sporting a modified version of the baby girl sweater above. I used double crochet stitch for the whole sweater and used bulky yarn.

Baby bootee

Baby girl bootee

Baby girl blanket

baby girl blanket
This is a very easy blanket which repeats the same stitches over and over again. A good choice if you have to put together a blanket in a short time.

Blanket (in progress)

Baby boy blanket in progress
My almost 4 year old insisted I crochet a blanket for him after he saw his sister’s blanket above. My husband also just recently placed an order!