Friday, February 18, 2011

Let the Planning begin....

Aaron and I have been chatting a bit about how we plan on setting up the vegetable garden this year and what we want to grow thistime around. We plan on doing things a bit different than last year; last year was our trial run. We haven't come up with a concrete plan yet as we are going to share with a neighbour and so we need to chat with them as well. The neighbour had the idea that we come together and grow different things and just do a swap at harvest times... we of course thought it was an excellent idea. I know we want to do some sore of sauce tomato for canning. We received a bunch of mason jars of all different sizes from a friend of mine and se we plan on doing some caning thisyear with many of our vegetables. I am excited to see how our plans come together. This year I think we will yield much more from the vegetable garden since we should have more time to keep up with the maintenance. We have many seeds left over from last year that should be fine for planting this year so we won't need to purchase much aside from things we didn't grow last year.

I didn't post any of the photos I took last year of the seedlingsand such so here are some from
last year....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Baby Blanket for my first Nephew!

I made a blanket for my nephew Dante Matteo.  It took forever to get completed since I have 2 little ones under the age of 3, but I managed to do it. I used 5 balls of cotton totes yarn by Bernat. I chose a light blue colour and just did the blanket with a simple stitch rather than using a pattern. I got the stitch form the book The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. I really like this book and they have great illustrations for beginners as well as showing both written and symbol instructions.

Blanket Stitch
Chain multiple of 3. (I chained 75 and used a 9mm hook)

Foundation Row:
work 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, *skip next 2 ch [1sc, 2dc] in next ch, rep from * to within last 3 ch, skip next 2 ch, 1sc in last ch, turn

Row 1:
Ch 1 (counts as sc), work 2dc in the first st, *skip 2dc [1sc, 2dc] in the next sc, rep from * to last 3 sts, skip 2dc, 1sc in the top of the turning ch, turn.