Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: May

Star Trek crocheted blanket
There is a story behind May’s blanket. It will be a gift for my dad. 

When I was a little girl, my bedroom was above the garage. It would be late at night when my dad would get home. I could hear the garage door open and close. I always ran downstairs and we would watch an episode of the original Star Trek on tv together. He knew it was late and that I should be asleep in bed. He still always let me stay up to watch that with him. 

Now I’m an adult and have children of my own. Most of my children are adults. I hope they have some special memory like that. I also hope that this lapghan keeps my dad warm on cold winter nights and that he can feel the love in every stitch.

The pattern for the blanket can be found at:

https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-trek-cal/

The instructions for the border can be found at:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2016/11/crochet-c2c-gingerbread-house-advent-calendar.html

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Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: April

I’m very late in getting this written up! I did actually have this work of love finished a while ago and I’m almost finished with May’s blanket. For April I made a Star Wars blanket using bobble and sc stitch. 


This blanket is one of two that are getting made for non relatives. It is for a dear friend. She goes on trips with us, puts the awesome rainbow in my hair and is always up for sushi. 

This blanket was the first time I’ve done the bobble/sc combo. It comes out beautiful but I’m not sure that I’m ever going to make a blanket like that again! I have one more Star Wars blanket to make but I need it bigger so I might do c2c for that. 

The pattern for the blanket is available at https://twoheartscrochet.com/crochet-along-projects/the-star-wars-cal/

The blanket that I’m finishing up for May is also a Two Hearts pattern. You’ll just have to wait until I finish it to find out which one!

Until next time, keep crafting, keep making the world more beautiful. 

Happy May Day!

April showers brought May flowers! 


Ok fine, I planted them and my son has been watering them. But they add a nice pop of color and they’re getting bigger. I can’t wait until they fill in the planter! Marigolds are one of my favorite flowers. I think I would have planted all marigolds if there had been more at the store. 

A Celebration of Maine


I usually make some sort of celebration meal when I finish a blanket. To celebrate finishing the Iron Giant blanket I made Maine themed foods. The movie takes place in the fictional town of Rockwell, Maine. The Iron Giant blanket is for my 20 year old son. He requested that I make lobster rolls. 

We dined on my version of lobster rolls and had homemade blueberry buckle for dessert. 

The recipe for lobster rolls is available here. These lobster rolls are NOT recommended if you’re on a diet.  They sure did taste good though! You can make them healthier by removing the butter and halving the amount of mayonnaise. If you have lobster tastes but a hamburger budget, substitute cooked shrimp. It will still be plenty tasty. (In fact that’s what I’m going to do next time I make them.) I’m not usually a fan of iceberg lettuce but it adds a nice cool crispness to these sandwiches. 

I used the Taste of Home recipe for classic blueberry buckle. You can find that recipe here

My Universal Studios Orlando Annual Pass Story

I’m going to start this by saying that I love my annual pass. There’s a bit of a story behind how I got it. Bear with me. 

My husband and I help our son run his gourmet fusion egg roll business. He sells mostly at farmers markets. That means every Saturday during market season we are up and out of the house before 7am to load up gear, drive to the market and set up, rain or shine. 

He went out of town with his girlfriend and missed two Saturdays. He works hard. He is entitled to a vacation. That did mean my husband and I were on our own for those two Saturdays. Well guess what? We decided we needed a vacation too! 

So I found a great airfare sale and we were off to Orlando. He stayed with the younger boys. 

The first day we had a great time wandering around Disney Springs. The next day we went to our first park. The first park we went to was the Magic Kingdom. We had fun but were sadly underwhelmed. I grew up 20 minutes from Disneyland. That could be why. 

The next day we went to City Walk. The official plan was to wander around and buy our Universal ticket for the next day. I had already downloaded the Universal app and favorited everything we wanted to do. I knew there was no possible way we could do it all in one day. 

I looked at prices for different passes and had a brilliant idea. We should just buy annual passes and go right in. Then we could also come back and bring all the kids.  That’s what we did. The next day we spent a full day at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. The final day, we checked out of our hotel and then spent one last morning at Universal and Islands before we had to leave for the airport to catch our flight home. 

We went back again last fall with a friend. Then in January we took all the kids. My sister, brother in law, niece, and my parents all went with us in January. 


Next week my husband and I are going back again for a several day date. Our eldest has agreed to stay with the youngest two and the dog.  This time we’re thinking about catching a showing of Blue Man Group. 

Twelve Blankets in Twelve Months: March

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You are who you choose to be.

My journey to create twelve blankets in twelve months is still on track. March’s blanket is an Iron Giant blanket for one of my sons. The Iron Giant was his favorite movie as a small child. He watched that movie enough times that I used to have it memorized.

 

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The first square is a coffee cup. It represents the espresso Hogarth drank the night he hung out with Dean.

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The second square is the iron giant falling through the sky into the ocean off the coast of Maine.

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The third square is Hogarth.

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The fourth square is a squirrel. When Hogarth first met Dean he was trying to show his mom the new “pet” he found.

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The fifth square is the “S” that Dean places on the giant to disguise him as a sculpture and hide him. Or it stands for Superman.

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The sixth square is the screw that the general sends to Hogarth. It was the part of the giant that the military was able to find.

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The sixth square is a tank that attacked the giant.

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The seventh square is the power lines that Hogarth rescues the giant from.

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The eighth square is the Iron Giant himself. The best part of this square is the eyes. They were crocheted in glow in the dark yarn.

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The banner contains what might be the most important quote from the whole movie, “You are who you choose to be.”

After joining all the squares, I decided to keep the border simple and did 1 row of sc all around followed by a row of dc, chain 1.

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The pattern for this blanket is available for free. Download here.