So this past Valentines Day, I surprised her with an afghan she can use in her new apartment.
I made this Afghan using my favorite stitch called the "Slanted Shell" Stitch. I started with a chain in multiples of two. To do the slanted shell stitch, you just make a single stitch and a double stitch in one stitch, skip next stitch, and single and double in the next. At the end of each row, chain two and turn. You will work the shell stitch into the shell stitch from the last row (shown) or if you wish, you can do the shell stitch in the skipped stitch. Do this through out the whole blanket. If you do not crochet, you have no idea what I'm talking about and I probably just lost you at "stitch".
As part of her Valentine gifts we also got her a pair of Converse shoes she wanted for summer. I remember wearing these kind of shoes when I was in middle school over 30 years ago.. but any way, It brought back memories when I put mine on so I could take one of those silly shoe pictures with her.
Then of course there was candy and the traditional heart shaped pancakes I make her every year.
What ever happened to teddy bears and roses?
Now that all my crochet orders are caught up and I have lots of scrap yarn left over, I am now working on tiny little hats for the local hospital. I've always wanted to do this but never knew where to start. I saw a post on Facebook from a lady that works in a hospital that mentioned needing hats crocheted but she never returned my messages of interest.
Then I remembered I have a friend that works in the NICU in my own home town and when I asked her about such need, she said they could use any size baby hats because they like to give them to every baby.
With the first shipment, I've chose to make about fifty or so, tiny hats to fit preemie babies or babies that are miscarried or still born. They call them angel babies. These tiny hats are placed on the babies to help the parents during this tender difficult time. They will often use them in burials if needed. Its a sad subject but angels come in many forms. The reason I chose this size is because often parents of premature births are not prepared and this could be all there is at the moment. I just felt led to make this size.
I have a wonderful friend that plans donate to the cause as well. She makes beautiful crochet items and I can't wait to see what she creates.