Cedar Rivers Baby Blanket

I realised I haven’t shared any photos of my latest finished blanket! June was spent busily making this baby blanket for one of my gorgeous friends who is expecting her second baby, and as we had a girls weekend at a spa planned I wanted to finish it before then so I could give it to her in person.

We’d chatted about colour schemes and as she wasn’t finding out if baby is a girl or boy she wanted some neutral colours, so we opted for a cool green, grey, yellow and navy along with white. Yarn was Stylecraft DK in White, Aspen, Grey Citron. Struggled to find a navy yarn I was happy with it, most were almost black, but I ended up finding Sirdar Snuggly DK (shade 0224) in my local yarn shop which was just the right shade.

I’ve made a Cedar Rivers blanket before for my sister in law and my friend loved this geometric design.  I figured I’d need 30 squares (5×6) to make this a good size for a cot, and with each square taking an hour or so including sewing in ends, the pressure was on!

Thankfully I made it in time, and once the squares were all made joining was a pretty quick process. I like to slip stitch them together (wrong sides together) along one way, and then the other way. This gives a neat, slightly raised join.

For the border I first did a round of double crochet (UK terms), then half-treble rounds in yellow, green and grey, finishing with a final dc round in grey. The finished dimensions of the blanket including the border were 94x112cm, without the border 87x106cm, and each square was 17cm square, this was using a 4mm hook. This is mainly for my reference in case I make another but through some of you might find it useful 😉

So now this blanket is in it’s new home….we just need baby to arrive!


Printing memories

I’m very sentimental at heart…maybe that’s why I take so many photos, the children are growing so quickly I want to remember all these little moments. But like a lot of people these days the photos tend to stay on my phone. So when the lovely Kate from Squared.one got in touch to see if I’d like to review their fridge magnets I jumped at the chance. I had a few made when Pip was little but hadn’t got round to ordering any since so my fridge was missing photos of Milo – this was a great chance to rectify that!

This has been a busy year – Pip has started school so I ordered magnets of her first day, world book day and other little milestones for her.

We had a lovely holiday in Cornwall, visiting the Eden Project, going to the beach and aquarium and Milo had his first pony ride.

I ordered some lovely ones of Milo on his birthday, cooking and smiling (that had to be printed because it’s rare that I persuade him to smile at a camera!).

And we had a couple of fantastic snow days – the first time both children had seen proper snow – these are the memories I want to capture and have on display, and now I get to see them on my fridge and it makes me smile every time.

Squared.one have the option to have both square and round fridge magnets which I really like, and being 7cm in diameter they’re big enough that you can see the photo properly. They also have a lovely glossy finish and the printed colours are true to my original photos. The website is very easy to use – so easy that I could order them on my phone with one hand while feeding Milo with the other! If you want to order some here is the link.

[Disclaimer – I received a voucher to order magnets for the purposes of this review #gifted ]