Thursday, January 07, 2010

Melanie's Completed Afghan Blanket!


I am so excited to show you Melanie's completed lap afghan!
We started it this summer on our craft weekend retreats.
It was the perfect project to teach Melanie how to read a pattern, practice single, half double, double, and triple crochet stitches.
She also learned how to make a basic granny square, a bobble square and a flower square and sew them all together to form a blanket.
I am so proud of her! I love how it turned out!
When learning a new craft, it is very important to try lots of different hooks or needles to see which feels most comfortable. Getting the right tools can make a huge difference in the ease of making each stitch.

She found a wonderful set of crochet hooks made by Addi in Germany that really made it fun for her to keep working on her technique.
They have a comfort grip and are color coded by size for easy organization. Aren't they fun?

It is so fun to see Melanie learning to crochet and really enjoying it!

I will show you all the new projects she makes will he new set of Addi hooks.
What new projects are you working on? Please leave a comment and tell me all about them. I cannot wait to hear!

19 comments:

Sketching with Dogs said...

Melanie's blanket is gorgeous, I love the colours and the different textures. It will work really well as a throw.
Those crochet hooks look great, I am going to check them out as I am still using just the ordinary ones and they make your fingers ache.
Just finished my latest project which I put on my blog.
Lynne xx

Ruth Welter said...

Your sister's blanket is just beautiful Melissa. I've just gotten into knitting and I love it. Your crochet work always looks so beautiful.

Ruth

Melanie, Moe, Ollie said...

I have the best teacher in the whole world :) Thank you Melissa!!!!

Mare said...

Oh that afghan is beautiful! Please tell Melanie i love it! And she couldn't have had a better teacher! ;)

Diane said...

Love Melanie's blanket. The yellow & blue together really pop!
Kiss Emmitt for me!
xoxo Diane

The Devil Dog said...

That is a beautiful blanket. What lovely colors. I bet it keeps you toasty warm on cold winter nights.

Roxy

Brutus, Ellie, Pippa and Otto said...

The blanket is beautiful - I love the colors too! It reminds me of the blankets that my grandma used to make.

Pugs & Kisses,

Cindy (Yoda & Brutus's Mom)

Unknown said...

I love the blanket! You two are amazing crochet-ers. I saw a cute pug sweater over at Nancy Medina's blog that I think you made, Melissa! Happy New Year!
xoxo

Anonymous said...

Melanie's blanket looks awesome!! :)

Laura said...

Melanie did a wonderful job - love the colors she chose! I'll have to check out those crochet hooks!

Kelly said...

Melanie did SUCH a great job!!!

I really want to get back into sewing this year. It was one of my '09 resolutions that I didn't manage to keep, but I have high hopes for 2010!!!!

Hugs to you and Emmy cakes!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

The afghan came out so very well - love the colors. And those hooks are really nice too, may just have to take a look at those.

Manon said...

What a beautiful blanket!! The colors are just so gorgeous! I'm excited to see your new projects!!

Stubby said...

Hi Melissa & Emmitt! The afghan is simply beautiful. It looks like Melanie has been crocheting for years.

I wonder what she's going to do with it. Do you think Moe will get to snuggle up in it?

Stubby xoxo

Molly the Airedale said...

What a beautiful afghan blankie! We can't believe that Melanie has only just learned how to crochet! Brilliant job!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

What a great looking blanket!

The kholours are so nice!

It made us SMILE!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow
It's hard to believe someone can learn so much in a weekend! It looks speldorious!
We love the colors and it looks so cozy and warm.
Nice job and what a patient wonderful teacher.
I wish we lived close, and it would be so fun to have you show us in person.
love
tweedles

marianne said...

Great blanket!
We all can use one with this winter!

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