The Houndstooth Afghan Pattern is no longer available for free, but rather can be purchased for download in the Grace Elizabeth’s Etsy Shop.
It is amazing how procrastination finds its way into all parts of my life. Not only do I procrastinate with my school work, but also with my household plans. I put off doing dishes (like this very moment) and I tell myself I will finish my project later. Recently I have been working on an afghan. I could have been done before the wedding but I decided to push it off until now.
I have actually made this afghan once before and gave it as a gift. When I started it, I thought “This is so easy! I already know what I am doing. Should go by fast!” Several months have passed. So much for getting it done right away. I am so excited to be able to use it!
As a child I loved cuddling up in the blanket that was always draped over the back of the couch. I don’t remember any of them having much significance to me. Now Nathan and I have a significant blanket: our first family afghan. Neither of us owned it before our marriage and it never belonged to someone else. Best part is that I made it! What could be better?
If you would like to make your own I found the pattern on Lion Brand.
What does one do with all the leftover yarn from all the projects completed throughout the year. The girls and I decided to start making items to give away. We made hats, mittens, booties, scarves and even a granny square blanket. We gave some to friends and family and then realized our items would be perfect for the local crisis pregnancy center – “The Collage Center.” They could give our items to women and their babies. We were so excited to give them and look forward to making more items to give away. And this time it won’t be from the scraps. I have a few projects in mind and will share with you later.
From all of us at Grace Elizabeth’s I would like to say “Happy New Year!” A new year always gives me the sense that I can start over, start fresh and enjoy looking to the future and all the good things to come.
On a recent trip to the quilting store (an hour away) Alex and I were discussing how we really have dropped the ball on posting to our blog. Life seems to get busy. We had a wedding (Alex), we moved into a new permanent home and a temporary home (I would not recommend maintaining two households) and had a collage graduation (Alex). During the holidays I spent some time reading some blogs I enjoy following. The more I read the more I began to feel a little lazy. Where do all you young moms get the time to craft, blog, cloth your children with the most darling creations, make delectable meals and desserts and oh yes, sleep. Ok – you have motivated me. Projects are swarming in my mind and I am not getting much sleep. It’s time to take action. I’ve started a few projects and I hope to start blogging about the finished projects soon. Until then, I was busy for a couple of weeks making scarves for the ladies at my husbands work place. It was a last minute thought and I now have had my fill of making scarves for awhile. I made a total of 9 scarves (I kept a couple for myself).
Happy New Beginnings!