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Friday, June 5, 2009

New Yarn Purchased for Babette Blanket - but not for me :(

Now that the warmer weather is on its way, her high school career is over and college doesn't start until the fall, my older daughter has decided it's time to put away the heavy zig zag afghan she's been working on and start on something new and different. She fell in love with Babette after seeing some of my favorite versions of her recently, HERE and HERE, and then there was no stopping her!

Red Heart Yarn for Babette BlanketHaving the budget of a high school student who still needs to save for a car and college, she decided to go with what she knew and could afford. About 15 minutes in the yarn department of our local Walmart netted her 20 skeins of Red Heart worsted weight yarn in colors she thought would be fun to put together in totally random ways.

Red Heart Yarn for Babette BlanketAs soon as we got home, she got right to work with the pattern and the skein of teal yarn. The first thing she discovered is that she had never learned how to read a pattern since she has always just made up what she wanted to do, or asked me how to do it and I showed her. So we had a little lesson in pattern reading, the proper way to change yarn colors from row to row, and how to pick up both loops of a stitch instead of just the front or back. Now she is busy busy busy pulling out different colors of yarn to add rounds to the first big block.

Remember that feeling of freedom you felt once school was out and you had months of Nothing But Time looming ahead of you before school began again? What a feeling! It's wonderful seeing her filling up some of that time making something she will be able to treasure for years to come.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hey Mary Grace,
    I can't believe it...I was just talking to my friend yesterday...about making a Babette! I have the pattern and was looking it over last night. I am excited to see how your Daughter's turns out...I want one so bad! I haven't decided on my yarn yet...I do know that I'm not going to spend $297 on it...like the pattern calls for...LOL! I am leaning towards several purples, greens, blues, teal and who knows what! I just finished Kira's ABC blanket...it's adorable...I have 3 ends to weave in and it's officially done...hopefully, I'll get to it tomorrow!

    Today, is my 33rd wedding anniversary...YIPPEE! We are going out tonight!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At June 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM  

  • Beautiful colors. Looking forward to seeing her progress. I've seen Terri's stunning babette. Thanks for the fiddlesticks link. Oh hers is gorgeous too.

    By Blogger Abby and Stephanie, At June 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM  

  • Oh she has great taste, just like her Mama!! What fun, for both of you!

    By Blogger Jane's Fabrics and Quilts, At June 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM  

  • I've started crocheting again (after a long, long time of making other things). The Babette pattern looks like a fun afghan to work on. I need a reason to shop while on my upcoming vacation and I think this pattern gove me the perfect excuse!

    By Blogger Sweet P, At June 6, 2009 at 9:09 AM  

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