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August is for Afghans (Part Two)

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.

Crocheted by Jennifer Miner. Pattern from Polly Plum

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.

Vanna’s Choice
  • Radiant Lime
  • Toffee
  • Raspberry
  • White
  • Aquamarine
  • Mustard
Pattern by Polly Plum

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.

Flat Braid Join

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.

Lace fan border

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.

Crochet Afghan because August is for Afghans

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.

Crochet edges

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!

Cheers

August is for Afghans

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!

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

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.

Looking forward to those cold months

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
  • Silver Heather
  • Rose Shocking
  • Aquamarine
Every block is different!

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.

Hooked by Jennifer Miner

The border is pretty simple but there is so much going on in the afghan itself I think that it totally works.

August is for afghans

The cat really likes this afghan and I have had to kick him off it a few times when it was in my studio.

The completed afghan on a full sized bed
Created by Jennifer Miner
The edging

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.

Sneaky peak of the other afghan

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.

Pattern from the Creative Crochet Workshop

 

They are multiplying! – Another Crochet Bunny

Another Crochet Rabbit

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.

Crochet Bunny by Jennifer

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.

Crochet Rabbit – the close-up

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.

Bunny Booty

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.

Doin’ what rabbit’s do, getting into the flowers

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.

 

Crochet Baby Blanket & Bunny

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.

Granny Square Baby Blanket

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.

Crochet bunny in a flower pot.

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.

Pom pom bunny tail

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.

Bunny Face

That is it for today! Thank you for stopping by.

The end

Fiber Friday – Crochet Along

Happy Friday!

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
  • Silver Heather
  • Rose Shocking
  • Aquamarine

Here is my take on Block One – Spiked Flower Granny Square

Spiked Flower Granny Square

Block Two – Spiked Row Granny Square

Spiked Row Granny Square

Block Three – Split Granny Square

 

Split Granny Square

Block Four – Four Square Granny Square

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.

Crochet-A-Long 2017 – January

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.

Crochet A Block Afghan 2017

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.

Cheers!

 

 

Double the Love Crochet Blanket

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.

Crochet Blanket

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.

Giant 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.

Single Crochet border

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.

Nothing says love like hot pink tassels

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!

Crafted by Jennifer Miner

We will keep this blanket for ourselves and I am sure that it will get used lots.

Double Love Crochet Blanket

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.

Up close

Once again, while I was attempting to photograph this blanket, I had some assistance. Jax again had to get in on the action.

Jax the crochet tester.

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!

Cheers

Materials

Yarn
  • Pound of Love in Oxford Gray (2 skeins)
  • Vanna’s Choice in Rose Shocking (1 Skein)
Other
  • Size J/10 Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard to make the tassels

 

Purple & Green Afghan

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.

Purple & Green Afghan Crocheted by Jennifer Miner

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.

So many squares

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.

Close-up Purple and Green Afghan

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.

Purple & Green Afghan Edging

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.

Crocheted by Jennifer Miner

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.

Afghan tester, Jax
More testing

I am happy to say that this afghan is “Cat Approved.”

Completed and ready to ship out!

Materials

  • Vanna’s Choice Yarn
    • Olive
    • Dusty Green
    • Dusty Purple
    • Purple
    • Linen
  • Hook
    • J Hook
  • Patterns
    • Mood Blanket 2014 – June Square
    • Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman (Various)

Easy Crochet Blanket

Hello.

Back again, and this time with another non-card project. Today, I will be sharing an easy crochet afghan that I made for my husband. It was very basic and worked up fairly quickly. You could easily take this and change the color scheme to suit your needs.

Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Afghan by Jennifer Miner

This project began as so many do, on Pinterest. Oh, my beloved Pinterest. I sometimes call Pinterest my “Pusher,” because I feel like it is in some darkened alley telling me that I need  ‘just one more project,” or that “I can do that,” or the very devious “that doesn’t look that hard.” These all get me, but I love me some Pinterest people. So, okay where was I? Ah yes, the crocheted blanket.  I found this project, https://pysseldrommar.com/2015/03/29/antligen-tillbaka-monster-virkad-och-vavd-plad/. This darling striped baby blanket. It is seriously darling and looked pretty easy. My hubby had been asking for a blanket of his own and he really liked this one.

Easy Crochet Afghan
Easy Crochet Afghan

I started out creating in basically the same way she describes, but once I got to weaving in the strands of color it was clear that they were too thin for the width of the blanket. (Don’t worry, I actually tested this out on a small scale before crocheting up a whole blanket).

Lovely bright stripes
Lovely bright stripes

So, I went a different route. I started with the dark gray and double crocheted ten rows then I created the color stripes. For the color stripes, I used a half-double stitch and alternated with my dark gray. I I just kept repeating this until I had a blanket as long as I wanted. AKA – when I finally ran out of the yarn.

Simple and easy Crochet Afghan
Simple and easy Crochet Afghan

I then sewed my yarn tails in  and added the simple border. This was just a simple single crochet in gray and bright blue. I told you it was easy. It was just what ye’ old hubbs was looking for and I was pleased with the overall product. My one issue is that I didn’t get the stitch count exactly right on the border and there is a little puckering but I decided that it wasn’t that big of a deal and so I let it go and moved on.

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner

Since we were really focused on the colors the yarns I used are from a few different lines. You can find them below.

Eggplant, Aqua, & Charcoal – Vanna’s Choice

Butterscotch & Grass – Loops & Threads (Available at Michaels)

Premium Turquoise & Baby Gold Fish – Big Twist (Available at JoAnn’s)

Created By Jennifer Miner
Created By Jennifer Miner

I have two afghan’s on the hook right now and just ordered yarn for another because as I mentioned I cannot stop myself and Pinterest is there in the corner telling me that I can whip it up no problem. I did manage to complete my daughter’s Halloween costume so at least I have one thing under control. Thanks for stopping by!

 

Cheers

 

Crocheted Amigurumi Hedgehogs

Meet Harper Hedgehog & Her Sister

Hi All,
Today I am sharing these darling little-crocheted amigurumi hedgehogs. These little darlings were so much fun to make! They have found a home here at our house but I certainly think that I will whip up a few for gifts down the road. The little purple one was going to be a gift but there was a request to keep it “in the family,” so she lives here with her wild sister.
Mild & Wild Crochet Hedgehogs
Crochet Mild & Wild Crochet Hedgehogs

I followed a pattern from Red Heart Yarn, which can be found here.  The sample was created with Lettuce and Fruit Punch yarn from the Red Heart With Love line. I actually purchased the colors used in the pattern, but you can see that they were not what I ended up making the hedgehogs with. These things often take on a life of their own, as I am sure you know.

Made with Red Heart Yarn
Harper Hedgehog & Her Sister crocheted with Red Heart Yarn

The little purple one “Mild” was made with Medium Purple Red Heart Super Saver and Waterlily Red Heart With Love.  I stitched the faces with black embroidery thread. I split the thread into three strands, versus working with a full thickness.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Hedgehog crocheted by Jennifer Miner

The variegated yarn makes the spikes look so complex but they weren’t hard at all. This was a well written and easy to follow pattern.

Happy Hedgehog
Happy Hedgehog

I might consider using plastic eyes on the next one. My face embroidery skills aren’t that great. I think that I need a little more practice embroidering on crochet, it is harder then it looks.

"Wild" Crochet Hedgehog
“Wild” Crochet Amigurumi Hedgehog

The yarn for this little “Wild” hedgehog was selected by my daughter. I am sure you would not have guessed! The spines were done in Blacklight Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and the body was completed in a scrap yarn I had on hand. I wasn’t sold on the colors but they are fun and give this little creature a very clear personality.

Spines made with Red Heart's Blacklight Yarn
Spines made with Red Heart’s Blacklight Yarn

Again, the face on this one was hand embroidered with DMC embroidery floss. My daughter was very excited to get this little gem. As per the pattern each “hog” was stuffed with polyfill.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Harper Hedgehog Amigurumi Crocheted  by Jennifer Miner

These were so much fun and I hope that you enjoyed seeing them today. We are getting geared up for the school year here so things are a bit crazy. I hope that you all enjoy the end of your summer!

Crochet Amigurumi Unicorn

Howdy!

So today I am sharing something other then a card, this is a little crochet amigurumi unicorn I created for my daughter. This little unicorn was created using a pattern from Ana Paula Rimoli’s book Amigurumi Toy Box. My favorite part has to be the wonderful mane. Once that was added this little critter really develop her personality.

Well, hello there. Amigurumi Unicorn Crocheted by Jennifer Miner
Well, hello there. Amigurumi Unicorn Crocheted by Jennifer Miner

I made just a few changes to the pattern; I added a row in the muzzle and one increasing round in the body. The pattern also had you create the tail with all pink  but after all of the work for the mane I just couldn’t leave the tail with pink only. The other thing that I changed was that I start all of my shapes with a magic loop. I really prefer this to working into a stitch because I feel like you have more control over the shape and for me it seems a little more tidy.

Seriously this little gal was really fun to create and it went together fairly quickly. The direction were clear and concise. I was expecting the mane to be a big pain since you create six chains in five colors and then sew each onto the head but it wasn’t bad at all.

This little book has some very cute amigurumi animals. I have already made two mice and my daughter has flagged four additional animals in this book.

Check out my mane-tacular mane.
Check out my mane-tacular mane.

Another nice thing about this unicorn was that I was able to use yarn I had on hand. I didn’t have to buy anything. That just never happens for me. Typically I think I have enough yarn for a project and then there is some made dash out to the store to purchase more, mid-project. She is 6 1/4″ tall. I wish I had put some poly pellets in the bottom but it isn’t a big deal.

Crochet Unicorn-5

Here is a link to the Ravelry page for this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shy-little-unicorn.  If you knit or crochet you should be on Ravelry. It is like crazy helpful. You can find links to patterns and see what other people have made. Have a yarn you want to use but need a project, have a project but want yarn suggestions, have a questions on a project? – Ravelry. Yarn artist are very helpful people. Okay, that is probably enough on that but seriously, just sign up.

My other side
My other side

So, in addition to more amigurumi projects I have a knit cowl, crochet afghan and two cross-stitch projects I am working on. I have made two pairs of fleece pajmas; one for my husband and one for my daughter and I still haven’t gotten to my pair yet. I am having surgery next week and really want to have my pajamas done so I can lounge in them all day when I get home, so I guess that really moves these to the top of the list. I might have a serious problem, but I will never be at a loss for things to do.  Thank you for stopping!