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Below you will find handmade crocheted items that are made to order. You can email me to place your order.

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Waiting for a Miracle

This post is not about yarn, but is about something that many women struggle with in silence. In the past few years, I’ve seen more women being vocal about this struggle. It’s something that I never thought would happen to me, but it did. Speaking out about it is helpful for me and I hope it helps somebody else.

I’m talking about infertility. Some would look at me and say “you have a son, there’s nothing wrong with you.” There is something called secondary infertility.

My son is 9 1/2 and we have been trying to have another baby for 6 years. What does it feel like? It’s painful. That’s the only way I can describe it. As the years have passed, I’ve have gone through a range of experiences that have seemed to intensify the pain; baby showers, my friends getting pregnant, etc. I’ve cried many tears. .

I’ve done all of the testing, yet there’s no real explanation for my infertility. No explanation, in some ways, has made it more painful. As humans, we want answers, we want explanations, and we want solutions. We want to fix it. That is me all the way. I want to understand anything and everything. This is something that’s not easily fixed.

Here’s some of the questions I’ve asked over the years:

  • Why me?
  • What did I do wrong?
  • Am I being punished?
  • When will this be over?

So, what do you do when you can’t get pregnant?

I’m praying and I’m waiting.

Yes, I’m praying, waiting, believing and trusting for a miracle. What has prayer done for me so far? It has drawn me closer to God, the one who’s able to comfort me, soothe my pain and give me direction. When my husband didn’t understand, when my friends didn’t understand, God understood.

Throughout my journey, God has been close. And he has helped me. I used to cry when I saw other women’s baby bumps, but now I rejoice with them. When I used to take pregnancy tests monthly, the sight of that negative test brought me to tears. I used to have anxiety every month, but I no longer experience that either.

God has been good to me. Do I have a baby? Not yet. But one thing I do know is that I’m not alone. God is with me and he will sustain me on this journey.

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Let me introduce myself…

Hey There!

My name is Nicole, the person behind Gracefully Crafted. I’m a mom (cat and boy mom), Christian, marketer (by profession), and Firefighter wife. Why a blog? Well, I want to share with you my passion for creating. Not only do I crochet, but I write, bake and cook. I love creating!

Why crocheting?

Well, I crocheted as a child and picked it up again a little bit before the pandemic. What started as my first scarf, turned into many more projects as I got tired of Netflix in those months during shutdown. I got tired of Netflix?! Yes, I got tired of Netflix. After you’ve binged watched most seasons of the Best British Baking Show and you’ve had Contagion on replay, it’s time for a change.

What can you expect to see on my blog?

  • Crochet project updates
  • Beginner crochet tips
  • Good stories
  • Patterns

Below are some of my projects.

I hope to be able to connect with other creatives like myself. I’ve had the pleasure to connect with some on Instagram and it’s been great. There’s nothing like finding a community of those who share the same passions and goals.

Thanks and I look forward to sharing more with you!

FIRST PATTERN: Easy Baby Blanket

Crochet baby blankets can be a perfect project for those who are beginners. They are also great projects if you’re making a pattern for the first time.

I truly enjoy gifting new mamas with custom made baby blankets. My very first baby blanket was made using Bernat Blanket Yarn in white. It’s a fairly easy yarn to work with. My next baby blanket was made using Lion Brand’s Ice Cream Yarn Big Scoop. This yarn was also easy to work with.

But today, I want to share with you my favorite baby blanket. It is my very first baby blanket pattern. I would classify this blanket as a beginner baby blanket. It was made for a friend of mine at my church. She was pregnant and having a boy and I was trying to think of what stitch I could use that would work up quickly but still had a great look.

I decided on using the back loop half double crochet (hdc blo). This stitch gives you defined ribbing that looks great on hats and scarves, but I wondered how it would look on a baby blanket. It was very easy to make and I think it came out great.

I named this the Ocean Breeze baby blanket. It reminds me of the many different colors of the ocean — one of my favorite things.

I used Lion Brand’s Mandala Ombre in the color Mantra. This yarn is great because you get different colors in your project without the color changes. And we all know that color changes can be a pain sometimes. Lion Brand has many different color options for this yarn. It is squishy and soft, the perfect combo.

Here are the deets!

  • Blanket size: 40 x 42
  • Hook size: 5.5 mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandal Ombre, 3 1/2 cakes
  • Other materials: Tapestry needle and scissors

How was the pattern making process? It wasn’t as bad as I thought. The idea came from not finding a pattern that I really wanted to make, so I just made one up. I took what I learned so far and just put it to work.

Now, one day, I’ll learn how to WRITE a pattern. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think!

Crochet Projects for Beginners

What are the best crochet projects for beginners?

So, you just started crocheting? Or maybe you want to, but don’t know where to begin. You’ve searched youtube, instagram, and pinterest to try to figure out where you should begin. You may have even picked out a yarn that you quickly discovered that you don’t like. Sound familiar?

My very first crochet project was a scarf, and it took me FOREVER to make. Ok, not forever, but a really long time.

Other than a scarf, I somewhat struggled to find easy projects to practice with. It took me a while to find them. After searching far and wide, just kidding! After searching internet, I was able to find some great projects to practice with.

From one former beginner to another, let me help you out.

Here’s a list of some of the best beginner projects to start out with:

  • Scarf
  • Washcloth
  • Hat
  • Coaster

My favorite crocheters for these kind of projects are Melanie K Ham and Bag O Day Crochet. They are really good at teaching crochet, stitch by stitch. Check out their video tutorials! They’re life savers, trust me.

Once you pick a project, stick with it and don’t give up. Many times, I got frustrated and just wanted to quit, but just as Dory says, just keep swimming.

Don’t give up! Don’t quit. Before you know it, you’ll be on to bigger projects.

Happy Crocheting!

-Nic