So, it seems as if my life ate a whole month of my life. It sounds strange and maybe I’ve been watching too much Doctor Who but I could swear it hasn’t been a month since I posted last. Alas, here I look and it has between illness, holidays, and general life craziness I have completely neglected my blog. Sad days, lucky me it isn’t a plant of something alive.
I have been working on the ridiculous Afghan situation and I am happy to report that I have finally completed #4 of the 5 I need to get finished before Christmas. I really can’t show you a whole photo of it since the person who will be receiving it visits here. I will give you a tiny sneak peak. Once it has made its way to the recipient I will post a full host of photos here.
While I was engaging in my favorite non-active pastime, ie Pinterest I came across the most amazing Tim Holtz Halloween Village in a Lantern. Seriously, check this baby out. Naturally, I decided that I needed to create my own. Thus commenced a crazy search for a large metal lantern. I was lucky enough to track one down the week before Halloween that has spiderweb details, lights and a motor that will spin a witch or bats. This was originally a pretty pricey lantern, $70 but it was 70% off and I had another 15% off coupon – a steal for $18!!
My Halloween village will have three houses and has actually been coming around great. I wish that I had thought about this earlier because I am sure I could have found some bargains on Halloween miniatures. I am debating showing it to you in-progress or just waiting until it is done. Right now I am leaning toward waiting but I may change my mind so keep an eye out.
We will be starting our Christmas cards and possibly holiday cookies around here soon so more to come on that and we went a little crazy with our Hary Potter Themed Trunk-or-Treat including some custom magic books. I will share the books and more photos in the next post.
Basically, what I am saying here is I haven’t forgotten you and while my online presence has been pretty quiet thinks have been brewing here. More soon!!
Agh, it felt like this was never going to be done and at the same time, I kept wanting it to be bigger! This amazing afghan comes from Look At What I Made and it is stunning. This was originally a CAL from 2015 and judging by the number of versions of this puppy over at Ravelry a huge hit. I went with inexpensive Red Heart Super Saver and Red Heart With Love for this afghan. I will admit that other than the hedgehogs I made, this is the first project I have made with Red Heart.
Red Heart Super Saver doesn’t have the best feel in your hands but honestly, it is impossible to beat for the price. I bought most of mine simply ages ago on a one day 33% off sale. Seriously that made each skein just over $2 US.
I really liked this pattern, although it was massive and a little slow going. Per usual, I had to set it aside for more pressing projects. I have one confession, in my dotage (wink) I have been really trying to be correct with my projects. That means that I am going a little slower to try and avoid mistakes and that when one creeps into my work, I go back and fix it. Having said that, in the last few rows you are doing a ton of stitches and I noticed that I had made a mistake in the row with the diamonds. Of course, I had already completed not only that row but the two and a half rows following. The prospect of redoing of 1,000 stitches was simply too much so I left it. If anyone asks I am doing that Amish thing where you intentionally make a mistake. Yep, going with that.
I did not add the square blocks. I was just afraid that it would involve purchasing more yarn and I am really trying to not purchase any additional yarn this year.
I have listed all of the colors that I used in this project by row. All colors are Red Heart Super Saver with the exception of Lettuce and Boysenberry which are Red Heart With Love. I used one skein of each color with the exception of Real Teal and Medium Purple but there were varying amounts of yarn left. I had very little Aran but a fair bit left in a few other colors.
Row 1: Lemon Yellow
Row 2: Perfect Pink
Row 3: Rouge
Row 4: Turquoise
Row 5: Boysenberry (With Love)
Row 6: Lemon Yellow
Row 7: Turquoise
Row 8: Dark Orchid
Row 9: Rouge
Row 10: Real Teal
Row 11: Blue Suede
Row 12: Blue Suede
Row 13: Blue Suede
Row 14: turquoise
Row 15: Lavender
Row 16: Dark Orchid
Row 17: Lemon Yellow
Row 18: Perfect Pink
Row 19: Pale Plum
Row 20: Boysenberry
Row 21: Soft Navy
Row 22: Turquoise
Row 23: Jade
Row 24: Real Teal
Row 25: Lettuce
Row 26: Lemon Yellow
Row 27: Lavender
Row 28: Jade
Row 29: Rouge
Row 30: Dark Orchid
Row 31: Lavender
Row 32: Turquoise
Row 33: Real Teal
Row 34: Lemon Yellow
Row 35: Boysenberry
Row 36: Pale Plum
Optional Petals: Perfect Pink
Row 37: Soft Navy
Row 38: Jade
Row 39: Rouge
Row 40: Lavender
Row 41: Dark Orchid
Row 42: Real Teal
Row 43: Lettuce
Row 44: Turquoise
Row 45: Blue Suede
Row 46: Pale Plum
Row 47: Boysenberry
Row 48: Jade
Row 49: Soft Navy
Row 50: Perfect Pink
Row 51: Rouge
Row 52: Pale Plum
Row 53: Medium Purple
Row 54: Dark Orchid
Row 55: Lavender
Row 56: Boysenberry
Row 57: Aran
Row 58: Jade
Row 59: Rouge
Row 60: Lavender
Row 61: Turquoise
Row 62: Pale Plum
Row 63: Medium Purple
Row 64: Dark Orchid
Row 65: Lettuce
Row 66: Lemon Yellow
Row 67: Turquoise
Row 68: Turquoise
Row 69: Pale Plum
Row 70: Soft Navy
Row 71: Real Teal
Row 72: Aran
Row 73: Lavender
Row 74: Blue Suede
Row 75: Perfect Pink
Row 76: Rouge
Row 77: Turquoise
Row 78: Pale Plum
Row 79: Dark Orchid
Row 80: Blue Suede
Row 81: Jade
Row 82: Lemon Yellow
Row 83: Jade
Row 84: Boysenberry
Row 85: Pale Plum
Row 86: Perfect Pink
Row 87: Aran
Row 88: Lemon Yellow
Row 89: Blue Suede
Row 90: Turquoise
Row 91: Soft Navy
Row 92: Soft Navy
Row 93: Soft Navy
Row 94: Soft Navy
Row 95: Soft Navy
Row 96: Soft Navy
Row 97: Soft Navy
Row 98: Turquoise
Row 99: Real Teal
Row 100: Boysenberry
Row 101: Lavender
Row 102: Aran
Row 103: Blue Suede
Row 104: Lettuce
Row 105: Dark Orchid
Row 106: Dark Orchid
Row 107: Aran
Row 108: Dark Orchid
Row 109: Dark Orchid
Row 110: Aran
Row 111: Dark Orchid
Row 112: Lettuce
Row 113: Soft Navy
Betty’s Beautiful Border (AKA Part 20)
Row 1: Real Teal
Row 2: Lemon Yellow (I added this SC, C1, repeat row)
Row 3: Medium Purple
Row 4: Jade
Row 5: Rouge
Row 6: Blue Suede
Row 7: Boysenberry
Row 8: Medium Purple
Row 9: Real Teal
So, I hope that is all of the correct colors. I really tried to track them as I went. I loved this project and it has inspired me to try my hand at the Mandala Madness, once I finish my other projects.
I am back!! Pretty sure that posts two days in a row might be a sign of the apocalypse. So I made you all wait a whole day for the other afghan I completed in August. So, this afghan is a single block from a CAL that Moogly is throwing this year. I loved this block and the colors that were used and decided to make a whole afghan using this one block.
Seriously I feel in love with the colors and pattern created by Polly Plum of Every Trick on the Hook. It is called Simbelmyne and it is lovely. The blocks are 12″x12.” I used her color scheme as below.
If you have never worked with one of Polly Plum’s patterns you are missing out. She gives great directions and the photos with details are fantastic. This made it so easy to create the squares. You can find the pattern for this block here.
In this afghan, I used a new method to join my blocks called the Flat Braid Join. I followed the tutorial from The Patchwork Heart (here). I wasn’t able to get my join to look nice as a continuous join so I just did it block by block. Just a heads up these directions are in UK terms so just be aware. I loved the way the join looked.
I added a border from Edie Eckman book Around the Corner. I was a slacker and did not sew in my ends as I went so it took forever to sew in all of those ends. It was totally worth the time as I am so pleased with this project. There is a chance that this may not make it to its recipient for Christmas. Not really but I might snuggle under it just once before packing it up if it ever cools off here.
I really had to force myself to stop making blocks for this afghan I was just having too much fun. I was also happy with the border.
The only downside of this pattern was that I did have to run around a little to collect all the yarn I needed. No one store had the whole palette. If I was able to plan ahead I could have probably ordered them all at once but I am terrible at estimating how much I will need, so there is always a trip to the store. I hope you enjoyed today’s post!
Nothing says hot weather like working under a warm blanket, okay well maybe not but I finished two afghans last month and I had to share. I know that many fiber craftspeople don’t make blankets or afghans in the hotter months but I have such a back log I feel like I have to! The one time that this is a problem is joining and sewing in ends. This can be hot work! I usually try to keep the work off my lap and sit by the air conditioning vent and it really helps. These are the two afghans I mentioned in my last post. I have decided to post them even though they are Christmas gifts, I think that they will still be a surprise. Or at the least, the recipients will forget that they ever saw them since Christmas is so far away!
The first afghan was my very first Crochet-Along. I shared a few photos in this post. This afghan represents a few “firsts” for me. It was my first CAL, the first time I blocked squares, the first afghan with all different blocks and the first time I sewed in my ends as I went along. Sewing in your ends as you finish a block makes the finishing of the afghan so much more pleasant. Nothing like sitting and sewing in 300+ ends.
The CAL I followed is from the Creative Crochet Workshop and is called Crochet a Block Afghan 2017. You can find all of the patterns on their website here. I used Vanna’s Choice in
Dark Grey Heather
This was really fun and I truly looked forward to the days when the next block was released. Since the blocks were released once a week I had plenty of time to sew in the ends before the next block was released.
The border is pretty simple but there is so much going on in the afghan itself I think that it totally works.
The cat really likes this afghan and I have had to kick him off it a few times when it was in my studio.
Originally I was going to showcase both afghans today but I think that I will make you come back tomorrow! However, if you have read this far I will give you a little sneak peek.
I really hope that it cools off here in Colorado soon. We are in the upper 80s/90s this whole week. I am ready for the Fall! Hopefully soon thanks for visiting.
You may remember the darling little crochet rabbit I made a few weeks ago. Well, while that little one was under construction, I had a request to create another one. Of course, this one had to be different from the first.
I used the same pattern, available here. This time I used Lion Brand Homespun in Barley. Again, I mostly used the pattern. I kind of make changes on the fly while I work. For this pattern, I have lengthened the legs and arms. I just liked the way that looked.
The Homespun yarn is very forgiving and nice to work with. The finished bunny is very soft. If I were to make it again I think that I would have held two strands of yarn together. I really was hoping that it would be a little bigger but I didn’t want too many holes in the fabric.
Another change on this rabbit was the face. I added a nose and mouth with embroidery floss. While my embroidery skills will not win any prizes I think that she has lots of personality.
One thing that is the same between these two bunnies is the over sized tail. I think that they are my favorite part! Why is making pom-poms so much fun! For this crochet bunny, I started with a much larger pom-pom and then trim it and trim it and then trim it some more until I have the size that I want. I find that doing this gives you a very dense pom-pom.
I just can’t keep these rabbits out of the flower pot! This was a quick little project and I am always happy to take requests from my daughter.
Today’s project is a crochet baby blanket and bunny stuffie. I love making baby gifts. These two projects are for a new addition to our extended family. I was a little late getting them done, a certain Harry Potter Party got me a little behind, okay a lot behind, on my other projects. However, I was happy with how they turned out and while a little late the baby in questions hasn’t started college yet.
Let’s start with the baby blanket. I made this blanket with one ball of Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop in Tutti Fruiti. This was a simple jumbo granny square. The one difference was that when you start a new row you change direction. This gives the neat color pooling that you can see in the blanket. This was a very simple project and in fact, the first 2/3 of this blanket were done while I was waiting in the carpool. I just can’t sit and not do something with my hands. You could easily use any yarn for this and make it any size. You can find the pattern over on Lion Brand’s site here.
Now, on to the bunny! This little crochet darling was made using Bernat PipSqueak in Pixie Pow. The pattern I used is from One Dog Woof and can be found here. My favorite thing about the yarn/pattern combo was how forgiving it was.
I did make a few alterations to the pattern as I went along. In fact, I think that the head was the only piece that I didn’t alter. I made the abdomen a little larger and the legs, arms, and ear a little longer. I didn’t really keep track of what I did but I just worked until I was happy with the shape of length and then moved on to the next part.
My daughter loved this bunny and I was only able to send it along with the promise that I would make another for her.
I added a pom-pom tail with basic acrylic yarn out of my stash. I loved the tail, it also helps this little bunny sit-up. I trimmed a lot off my original pom-pom which is why the end result is a tight dense ball.
The pattern gives directions for an embroidered nose and I really went back and forth on whether to add one or not, but in the end, I just left the nose off and I think that this bunny looks fine without one. The eyes are plastic safety eyes and she was stuffed with basic polyfill. I hope that she will be loved.
I was tooling around Pinterest looking for an idea. My plan was to find a project for my aunt for Christmas and I really wanted something a little different. I knew that she would appreciate something a little off the beaten path with a unique style.
Low and behold I came upon this very striking crocheted blanket. It was created by the Dutch crocheter, Karen Groenewoud she calls this pattern the Mexican Blanket. This project had it all – a real fun pattern and really fun colors. I loved it. I ordered the same yarn that she used and got set to work. This blanket is made with Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
Let me say that I loved this yarn and this project. Karen has more information on her blog on the creation so I won’t bother you with that here. She makes beautiful projects and I love her color choices. I had a little trouble with my joining squares but that was just me having issues. I did block this blanket with a steam iron and I think that helped a lot. When I bought my yarn I bought way too much and I might just have to make another. It was really fun and it is so very cheerful!
Just a quick word on the Stylecraft DK, this yarn is awesome. It is very inexpensive acrylic but it is really soft and so very easy to work with. The majority of my projects have been made with Worsted Weight yarn but this yarn might make a convert out of me.
My daughter has a surprise field trip today and I am so very excited to get to chaperone! We are getting to see Beauty and the Beast at our local theater. This has been the hardest secret to keep and I can’t wait to see all their happy little faces today.
Taking a short posting break from the world of Harry Potter today, just here on the blog, the work is fast and furious in the workshop. Today, I am going to share a crochet project that I have started. I have never done a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) or Kint-A-Long or anything “along” before which is what makes this so much fun. This particular CAL I am following is the Creative Crochet Workshop Crochet A Block 2017. I will fully admit that the thing that drew me to this project were the colors. Since I don’t know what this will look like at the end but I just love the colors.
We are a month in and I have completed all four blocks. Nothing has been blocked yet so they are a little wonky but my blocking board is currently being used as a chess board. The examples were done with a very nice looking DK weight yarn called Elle Pullskein, but this is hard to find here in the US. I had a bit of Rose Shocking yarn left from my giant granny blanket so I choose the Vanna’s Choice Worster Weight for this project.
Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand Yarn
Dark Grey Heather
Here is my take on Block One – Spiked Flower Granny Square
Block Two – Spiked Row Granny Square
Block Three – Split Granny Square
Block Four – Four Square Granny Square
I am still not totally sold on the Split Square but I figure I can always leave it out at the end if I really don’t like it.
I will try to share these as I go along. This has been really fun so far. One area that this is helping me in is the process of sewing in ends. That is not one of my favorite tasks and I often am left with hundreds to do at the end of a project. These blocks work up fast and there is nothing else after so I can sew those babies in now.
That is all for tonight! Harry Potter Party will resume soon. Projects that are upcoming are the Monter Book of Monsters, Golden Snitch, Cornish Pixies, and a Nimbus 2000.
Happy New Year! Today is the last day of school vacation, while I am glad that we will be getting back into our routine I will be sad to miss these wonderful days we have been able to spend with family and friends.
Today, I will be sharing a very quick and simple crochet blanket. I saw a hooded and smaller version of this blanket on the Make & Do Crew blog (here) and knew that I needed to create one. This blanket was made with Lion Brand’s Pound of Love Yarn and the trimmed with Vanna’s Choice. I used the same colors as the pattern Oxford Gray for the Pound of Love and Rose Shocking from Vanna’s Choice for the trim. You could use whatever colors and really whatever yarn you wanted. Basically, this is a very large granny square.
I knew that I didn’t want to add a hood to this and I thought that one skein of the main color would be enough, but alas no. This project required a late night run to the craft store. I used two full skeins of the Pound of Love yarn for the main body of the blanket. I ended up with just a tiny little ball of extra. Once I started on this project it became clear that this needed to be a larger blanket, one that an adult would be comfortable under.
Once I had the blanket completed, I added a single crochet border in the Rose Shocking, as directed in the pattern. I really considered adding a more complex border but decided to keep it simple.
I then added the hot pink tassels on the four corners. I love these fat tassels, I think that they give a nice character to the blanket. This was a great project for watching football. It is easy and doesn’t require counting or complex patterns. Another fun aspect was that since I worked with huge balls of yarn I only had six ends to sew in! After my last afghan, this was a joy!
We will keep this blanket for ourselves and I am sure that it will get used lots.
I have never worked with the Pound of Love yarn before and while it is a very economical yarn, I found it to be easy to work with and it was soft in my hands.
Once again, while I was attempting to photograph this blanket, I had some assistance. Jax again had to get in on the action.
That is it for today! I hope that you are ready for a wonderful year and I am looking forward to sharing lots of new projects with you!
My few handmade items have been received by their recipients so I can share them with you! The first is a huge afghan I made. Seriously, this thing is huge, massive, and way too big! I really should have sewn in the ends as I was going because it was tedious! I am glad that I didn’t throw in the towel because the end result was a very nice project. This is a very warm afghan.
I ended up making it 11 blocks by 9 blocks. The blocks were made using the Mood Blanket 2014 – June Square. The colors are as follows: Linen, Dusty Purple, Purple, Dusty Green, Olive yarn from Vanna’s Choice. Then the blocks are joined with Linen.
I completed this afghan as I do most of my afghans that use blocks, in a partial assembly line. What I mean, is that I will work up some blocks maybe starting with 20 and I will work the blocks in each step. so, I will start by making 20 centers, then I will work the second row of all the blocks, then the third and so on. Then once I have a few completed blocks I will use the join as you go technique to join the completed blocks. I continue working in this manner until my afghan is as large as I would like.
Once I had all the blocks I wanted and they were all joined together, I added the border. I used Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders book and just picked a few different patterns as I went along.
This thing was heavy! Our winter has been pretty warm and as this baby grew it was hard to work on because I would get so warm with it on my lap.
While I was trying to photograph this afghan, my afghan tester was hard at work. Our cat, Jax was very “helpful” through this process. I had to pull him off the afghan at least four times just so I could photograph it! Here he is, hard at work.
I am happy to say that this afghan is “Cat Approved.”
Vanna’s Choice Yarn
Mood Blanket 2014 – June Square
Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman (Various)
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