Monthly Archives: October 2011

I made a baby blanket.

I’ve had this finished for a little while, but the baby shower wasn’t until yesterday!

I know that the back gate is a very attractive model.

I posted this to Ravelry, and the pattern is basically the Diagonal Hues pattern, but instead of changing yarn colors, I used Bernat Baby Jacquards so that the stripes basically just made themselves.

I love the pattern because it’s diagonal, which makes it a little more unique than the typical striped blankets. The pattern is pretty easy too, once you get the repeats figured out. It’s a very good size for taking in the car or for in a crib, so I think it will be versatile.

I used Border #130 from Around the Corner Crochet Borders, which is a great reference.

I think the gift was a hit! I can’t wait to meet the little guy.


I made a blackout poem.

Have you heard of blackout poems? They are made by taking a page of text (from an old book, newspaper, etc.) and blacking out the words – everything but the words that make up your poem. There is a whole book about them called Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon.

I felt a little inspired and came up with this:

2011.09.30 - Blackout Poem 1 (1)

For my first one, I’m pretty pleased. I’m going to cut it out and put it on a canvas, I think. I have lots of newspapers that I haven’t been reading lately, and we’re overdue for taking our recycling in, so I have plenty of material to make more. It reminds me of magnetic poetry, and it seems like it would be easy — but it’s actually harder than I expected!

Want to make one? All you need is yesterday’s newspaper and a good Sharpie!