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February and March skies – an instagram project 365

I have always loved winter sunsets on the beach – they seem to have a little bit (or a lot) of magic in them. The cooler air and the wide, empty stretches of wet sand reflecting the vibrant pinks and blues. We spent almost every day at the beach at sunset for two straight weeks from the end of February to early March. It was amazing. And then, just like that, the time changed rolled around. I love sunshine and I love having longer days, but I’d somehow forgotten since last spring that the time change means no more weekday beach sunsets. It’s hard enough to wake our kids up for school when they have had a full night of sleep, but stay up an extra hour to see the sunset before dinner and you’re guaranteed to ruin the next morning. When I start to get down about the fact that I’m now missing out on all sorts of pinky-orange goodness I just have to remind myself that issues like feeling trapped inside at 7pm on weeknights (just exactly when the sunset is most magical) are extremely short-lived. I’m sure that in a few short years we won’t even remember that our kids used to have a strict “bedtime”. And of course we’re using the weekends and spring break as a good excuse to bend the rules so we can soak in as many sunsets as possible.

#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot#365daysofsky by @katyregnier - an instagram project 365 by Katy Regnier photography on Permanent Riot

This post is part of my #365daysofsky series on instagram which I have been working on since January of 2013. Follow me @katyregnier if you don’t already – lots of pretty sky goodness served up daily! You can also find all of my monthly sky series wrap-ups since 2013 here.

Edith’s crocheted chevron baby blanket

While I was getting my post on the giant granny square blanket ready, I realized that I never got around to posting photos of Edith’s crocheted chevron blanket. This one has been done for quite a while, I can’t remember exactly but I *think* that I finished it up sometime last year. It’s really been a blur! I started this one when she was a baby and chevrons were THE hot thing. Now they’re a little past the peak of stylishness but I still love her blanket.

Crocheted chevron baby blanket on the Permenet Riot blog

I used a super simple ripple afghan pattern that I found on ravelry and my favorite part was choosing the colors of yarn. Back when I first started the blanket, we were living in our old house and Edith’s room was a pale buttery yellow. I knew that I wanted to use that and that I also wanted to mix in some bright colors to keep it from being too baby pastel. I wanted it to be a blanket she could grow into. She had an arrangement of photos in bright blue frames so I pulled in a similar blue yarn and also picked up a few of the colors from her rug and striped changing mat as well.

Crocheted chevron baby blanket on the Permanent Riot blog

Now we’ve moved and she has a peachy orange room instead of a yellow one (I replicated the mural I’d painted in case you were wondering) and she doesn’t really use her changing mat anymore (potty training, yikes!). Being older and much more opinionated than she was as a baby, Edith has also now vetoed her pretty pink simple sheets in favor of some Winnie the Pooh ones, but oh well, at least the blanket still goes with her rug.

Crocheted chevron baby blanket on the Permanent Riot blog

I didn’t set out a repeating pattern (or any sort of a pattern) before starting work on this project, the only thing that I decided on in advance was that there would be less blue than any of the other colors. I just sort of added in stripes willy-nilly as I was going along, I thought it would give a more spontaneous look to the blanket (the variations in thickness are random as well) but in reality I just drove myself crazy over-analyzing which color should come next when it came time to switch yarns. If I had it to do over I would probably pre-plan the stripes.

Crocheted chevron baby blanket on the Permanent Riot blog

The blanket is big enough to completely cover the whole mattress in her crib (which she is also very soon to outgrow) and she gets tucked in with it every night. I love the projects that end up being put to daily use. They’re always so much more satisfying than the ones that are just for show. Just look at that sweet face… snug as a bug in a rug. Or hand crocheted chevron baby blanket. You know…

March 19, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Golda - Hey Katy!! I just found your blog and i’m so happy!! I found so many interesting things here.. Your post are so funny and easy to read and you seems so nice person!! I have four little kids and wonder how you have time for crafting and doing projects… Hope I’ll be inspired here to make some nice things too..;-)
Keep up your good work! Golda

Purl Soho inspired giant granny square blanket

It’s done! It’s done! The blanket that I started six months ago is finished! When I first saw the photos of the Purl Soho giant, giant granny square blanket I was smitten. I just had to have one. Which means that I had to make one.

My vision for the blanket was that it would be a cozy comfy inviting living room throw blanket that could be casually draped over the back of the couch. It would give a bit of color and a warmth to the room and of course be perfect for snuggling under while watching a movie. The good news is that it accomplished almost everything that I set out for it to do – it’s comfy, cozy and warm. It’s beautiful and I love all the colors and it does indeed make the perfect movie-watching companion. The only trouble is that it is SO giant (it is called the giant, giant granny square after all) that it looks a little silly “casually draped” because it needs to be folded at least in quarters to even fit on the couch. This is one GIANT blanket.

Purl Soho inspired crochet giant granny square blanket - Permanent Riot blogIf you clicked over on the link to the inspiration blanket and pattern you might have noticed that the colors aren’t exactly the same. I just couldn’t quite get on board with the $1,000 price tag that would come along with purchasing all of that (albeit beautiful) Purl Soho merino, especially knowing that with three small kids and a dog this blanket is destined for some pretty rough treatment. Instead I made this out of some soft but decidedly less fancy acrylic yarn. I had moments where I wondered whether putting all this effort into a blanket that was made with less than top-notch materials was a silly endeavor but in the end I know it makes more sense for us right now at this stage in our lives. Since I wasn’t using the Purl Soho yarn, I had to kind of wing it on the color selection. I knew that I wanted to keep the spirit of the original pattern – I love the unexpected combination of the brights with the pastel blue and navy so I just took that idea and ran with it. I also decided to start with a smaller square of white in the middle and I’m happy with how that turned out as well.

Purl Soho inspired crochet giant granny square blanket - Permanent Riot blogThe best part about making this blanket is that it’s such a simple pattern you can almost work on it in your sleep, and you can definitely work on it with one eye on Downton Abbey. The middle part of it also worked up deceptively fast, so after just a few nights I could warm myself up with it while I crocheted. Once I got to the last few colors, each stripe round would take me at least two hours (I am not the world’s fastest crocheter) and I had myself convinced that I might never finish. Luckily some much needed rains blew in to California in the last few weeks and being trapped inside hunkering down from the storm turned out to be exactly what I needed to finish up my project.

Purl Soho inspired crochet giant granny square blanket - Permanent Riot blogThe blanket is definitely going to reside in our living room but I had to spread it out on the bed for just one shot so that you could see the whole thing in its giant granny square glory. Isn’t she a beaut? I love her so!

March 10, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Jean - AWESOME! I’m in love with this…it looks so old school (My Mimi used to make similar throws) but the colors are so fresh and modern. Katy, you are just too much!

Instagram skies turned watercolor

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I have been doing a lot of painting lately and I sometimes feel like my head might just burst open from all of the ideas that I have bouncing around in there. I have started to keep a list of things that I want to paint because I feel like if I wait too long I might forget… I really wish my hands could keep up with my brain! One of the projects that has been on my to-paint list for the longest is a series of watercolors based on my instagram sky series.

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I love the simple square format of instagram and I love the idea of a series of paintings that all relate to each other while still being varied in color, tone and composition. The sky series seemed like a perfect candidate.

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot

I’m learning a lot by painting the sky (some of my earliest sunset paintings were such complete flops that I had to scrap them 5 minutes in) and I feel like there are endless opportunities for improvement and variations to be had. Since I’ve been working on my #365daysofsky project since January of 2013, I also already have over 400 images to choose from – lucky me! I’m going to save some of my very favorite paintings to decorate our house with, but I’ve also decided to list some of them in my etsy shop. I’m sure that there will be more to come soon as well. I just can’t seem to stop!

Instagram inspired sky watercolor paintings by Katy Regnier - Permanent Riot