crochet & stuffed elephants

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I crocheted my first afghan last week. It's just for a baby doll, but still...

I've known how to crochet for awhile—in fact, my friend, Jeff, taught me how to start a chain and do single crochets when I was 11 and he was 14. Not your usual teenage boy skill, right? It took me until a couple years ago to realize that crochet is actually incredibly versatile and easy. My sister-in-law, Phoebe, is a crochet guru—making king-sized throws, and a ton of gorgeous baby blankets— and one day I saw her using this book, The Crochet Stitch Bible.

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It looked really simple and insightful, so I decided to buy it with birthday money. I am so glad I did, because it has taken so much of the confusion out of crochet for me, and really given me a new form of recreation and enjoyment. I'm much happier when I am making (or remaking) things and crochet is a nice craft genre, because, unlike paint and furniture, it is super easy to pick up and put down with very little mess involved. So, if you have ever thought that crochet might be fun, but are intimidated at the thought of it, you should definitely buy this book. (Does that mean I have to do the bloggerly thing and say that I was not paid or perked to write this post?)  

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So, here is my very first blanket. I made it for little E's dolls. She loves it so much and told me how good I am at crocheting. She doesn't notice the uneven or skipped stitches. Little girls are great.

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And sometimes when you are a mom, you take pictures of toy elephants in your room. It's for fun.