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Howdy Readers –

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.

December Afghan – Sneak Peek

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!!

Sophie’s Universe Afghan

Progress – Completed!!

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.

Crochet Afghan – Sophie’s Choice in Red Heart Super Saver and With Love
More corners

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.

Sophie’s Universe in Red Heart Super Saver
Finally to the edge

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.

My favorite part of this afghan – the big flower
Sophie’s Center

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.

Sophie’s Choice Folded
Love these little crochet roses

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.

Just in time for winter
Corner Flower on Sophie’s Universe
Part 1

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

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner

 

Part 2

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

Part 3

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

Part 4

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

Part 5

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

These are happy flowers
Part 6

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

Part 7

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

Part 8

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

Part 9

Row 69: Pale Plum

Row 70: Soft Navy

Row 71: Real Teal

Row 72: Aran

Row 73: Lavender

Row 74: Blue Suede

Part 10

Row 75: Perfect Pink

Row 76: Rouge

Row 77: Turquoise

Row 78: Pale Plum

Row 79: Dark Orchid

Row 80: Blue Suede

What I imagine Sophie will look in 100 years
Part 11

Row 81: Jade

Row 82: Lemon Yellow

Row 83: Jade

Row 84: Boysenberry

Part 12

Row 85: Pale Plum

Row 86: Perfect Pink

Row 87: Aran

Row 88: Lemon Yellow

Part 13

Row 89: Blue Suede

Row 90: Turquoise

Row 91: Soft Navy

Row 92: Soft Navy

Part 14

Row 93: Soft Navy

Row 94: Soft Navy

Row 95: Soft Navy

Row 96: Soft Navy

Row 97: Soft Navy

Part 15

Row 98: Turquoise

Row 99: Real Teal

Row 100: Boysenberry

Row 101: Lavender

Part 16

Row 102: Aran

Row 103: Blue Suede

Row 104: Lettuce

Part 17

Row 105:  Dark Orchid

Row 106: Dark Orchid

Row 107: Aran

Row 108: Dark Orchid

Row 109: Dark Orchid

Part 18

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.

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