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Friday, May 24, 2013

Works in Progress - Blankets & Lettuce

Blanket in Progress

A few weeks ago, I went home for my Mom's graduation from college. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Art after about 30 years of taking classes on and off. She has 4 kids, 3 grandkids, paints professionally (that links to her sweet art blog), and is very involved in the community and at church. So basically, she's amazing and her commitment to education has finally paid off. Other people would have given up 25 years ago - but not Jean Canavan!

She also reads this blog - I love you, Mom! -  so if she's blushing right now, she'll let me know.

So for her graduation, I wanted to make her something big. When my little sister, Meghan, graduated, I made her a crochet blanket, and I knew that Mom deserved the same. 

But where to get the amount of yarn that a great blanket requires? Ah yes, my old WORK+SHELTER yarn line

Closeup on the Blanket

I still have a bunch of this yarn and held double, it's perfect for a blanket. Seriously, this is what this yarn was MADE for. I searched around for a good pattern, and landed on the Starburst Flower crochet motif. 

I'm only about a third done, but I presented the blanket to my mom in April. It fit over about half her body, but she loved where it was going! She has vision, my mom. 

Windowsill Lettuce Farm

What else? I've been re-growing my romaine lettuce heads on my windowsill. Sarah from Knit York City posted a picture of her lettuce on Instagram, and I was intrigued. The bunnies go through about 5 heads of lettuce a week, so we definitely have lettuce leftovers to spare around here. After I cut the leaves off, I popped the stems in water, and voila! New lettuce!

And really GREEN lettuce, too. It's funny how such bland grocery store lettuce can look so healthy when grown somewhat naturally. And by funny, I mean a bit creepy.


  1. What a gorgeous blanket, she's a lucky (and accomplished!) lady! What's this about lettuce for rabbits? I demand more rabbit photos, I don't think I realized you had a bunny!

    1. Yes, I have TWO. You have one, too, right? I think this means I need to devote a whole post to my bunnies!

  2. Your mom's paintings are wonderful. I love her use of color to create a wash of light over a scene. That sounds so pseudo- art critic, yuck, but I don't know how else to say it. I think it's great that you've got an artistic family. And the blanket is awesome!

    1. Hahah, I mean - there's no other way to talk about art, right?! One always comes off sounding a bit pretentious. But it's much appreciated, I assure you.

  3. Congratulations to your mum! What an amazing lady. :)
    I love the blanket and what a lovely idea to gift blankets. They do take ages to make though.
    The lettuce looks so yummy. I really do need to try it myself!

  4. Oh, congrats to your mom! That's so awesome! :)

    1. I'll pass that along! I'm so proud of her!


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