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In the past year, I have started and completed a number of knitting projects. I really enjoy knitting. Most of my life is filled with noise and things that need to be done in a hurry. Knitting gives me a chance to do something quite, and take my time to make something beautiful while reflecting on the crazy wonderfulness that is my life. Nick got me some new knitting books for Christmas that had some new challenging patterns in them. Nick encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and try difficult patterns, and I’m glad he did because I love how they turned out and I had a great time making them, even though I had to restart a couple of times. Some of the things I made last year include:

-A BYU blanket for my mom and Lynn. I knitted 88 small, individual squares with a bunch of different patterns. Then, I sewed the squares together to make sort of a quilt top. My mother-in-law helped me add some soft minky backing and satin binding. I love how this blanket turned out. It took me over 150 hours to make, but I wanted to do something special for them since they do so much for me and I had never knitted anything for them before.
-Hats for all of the kids. I had never made hats before. I was scared to try because I didn’t know if I could figure out how to make them the right size. After some trial and error, I made a hat for each of my 5 kids. They turned out great and the kids loved them!
-Baby boots for Kylie. This is one of my favorite things I’ve ever made. I was really worried that these wouldn’t turn out. At first the pattern seemed so complicated, but it wasn’t that hard! The hardest thing was using such small needles. They will be for Kylie to wear this fall/winter. I’m going to make another pair of these for my sister in law’s niece that was born about a month and a half after Kylie.
-Mary Jane baby shoes for Kylie’s baby blessing. I added some extra pink bows to make them even cuter.
-A baby blanket for Kylie. I found this awesome pattern called “entrelac” that looks like a bunch of knitted squares woven together. Nick had to encourage me to try this one because I really didn’t think I could do it. My mom helped me add backing and binding to this one to make it extra soft and cuddly.
-Baby blankets for our new niece and nephew. I used a fun new chevron pattern for both of these.

I am currently working on three additional projects. I am making a baby blanket for my cousin, who is having her first baby in August, and I’m making big, quilt-type blankets for Brennan and Brayden’s 8th birthday. I’m really excited about some of the fun new things I tried last year and I hope that I can continue to find fun new things to try.

Here are pictures of some of the projects. I couldn’t pictures of Brayden or Austin’s hats.


  1. You did such a good job on all of them! Our BYU blanket should be called our sleepy blanket because that’s what happens when I use it to read. :-
    GREAT JOB! Very impressive!

  2. You do such a good job!! I love all of them.

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