#CreativePeopleProblems ~ The error

While I enjoy challenges and variety in my crochet projects my all time favourite projects are baby blankets. No matter how straight forward of a design they always feel special.

I was happy to create this blanket for a lady at work who is eagerly expecting her a sister for her son.  Having lots of blue and neutral blankets already, she asked for a pink and white blanket. She was thrilled when I gave it to her last week.

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If she wasn’t due soon I wouldn’t have given it to her. I was that tempted to either undo the whole thing or make a new one.  As I was taking photos so I could share my work I saw IT.

Arrrr I must have used a different hook when I started this blanket. That’s all I can see every time I look now.  #creativepeopleproblems

different-hooks

Monarch birthplace research

U of G Researchers Identify Monarch Butterfly Birthplaces to Help Conserve Species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species.

The researchers analyzed “chemical fingerprints” in the wings of butterflies collected as far back as the mid-1970s to learn where monarchs migrate within North America each autumn.

FULL story: http://news.uoguelph.ca/2017/01/u-g-researchers-identify-monarch-butterfly-birthplaces-help-conserve-species/

Feeling creative inspiration

Like slipping into a warm bubbly bath and that “ahhhhh” feeling. I found inspiration for my son’s birthday blanket.

I had previously thought I’d do it row by row and even spent the time to figure out how many stitches for each row to make the pattern. While I’m proud of all the work I put in to figure this out… the project itself seemed so big.

While flipping through Pinterest I decided to look at some of the videos for the C2C / Corner to Corner blankets. And VOILA I found some inspiration.

I think the project size and the thought that the end product would look “ok” not ‘wow’ like my daughters (Doctor Who / birthday blanket) feed my procrastination.

beginning of Jack Pattern
start of Jack blanket

After seeing the cute ‘picture’ blankets on Pinterest I realised this is the look I want for my son’s Jack blanket.

Well I should go throw a load of laundry in, make a cup of tea and get started on my son’s birthday blanket.

 

 

Coffee and Yarn tales

If we were having coffee I’d be asking about your yarn projects. I’m in a bit of a funk and still haven’t crocheted. (it’s been three weeks). I’ve got to change that this week or I’ll never get my son’s blanket done!

Have you tried any new yarns or new patterns? Even though I haven’t crocheted again this week I still love looking at Pinterest for other interesting projects. I love admiring other yarn artists work.

I’m looking forward to sipping my ice coffee and admiring your work.

Coffee and Yarn Share ~ Without the yarn this week

If we were having coffee I’d have to confess;  this was a very unusual week for me. I did (gasp) no crocheting!

We went camping (it was a beautiful week!!) I normally bring some crocheting along but with my son’s blanket being mostly white I didn’t want to risk getting it dirty.

I did enjoy some reading, some photo-walks and the refreshing break in the heat.  I’m planning on sharing more on my ‘everything’ blog Patchwork Ponderings.

I would have liked to get a good bit done on that blanket. This week is going to be busy and I’m going to be distracted. We’re getting our oldest ready for university. beginning of Jack Pattern

I’m not sure I want to crochet while I’m so distracted .. at least not this project. I’ve made my own pattern and I’m not certain it will work so I need my tension to be consistent in order to gauge my progress.

What were you up to this week? Did you finish a project? Do you pick projects to work on based on your mood?

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

All About Blocking — Post by: B.hooked Crochet

I found this very helpful… Kindly visit the original post to comment / like. – LavendarLadi

 

Blocking: The Secret To Professional Looking Crochet So many people ask me “Brittany, how do you get your crochet to look so neat?” Well my friends, I’m about to share my secret. Blocking. Many of you have probably heard of the term blocking and for you, this post will be a nice refresher. For the…

via All About Blocking — B.hooked Crochet

Yarn and Coffee Share ~ Project needs a name

If we were having coffee there’d be lots of clear spots for us to rest our mugs. I’ve been busy doing non-yarn stuff so the work area is clear. 20160814_104457

Well almost. There are a couple bits of green and white from the … I need a name for this… wrap I finished.  It was my summer project. I have one every year that I work on while at the baseball diamond. I figure since I’m sitting for 6+ hours each week I should be crocheting!

CS&BK summer project

So what should I call it? It’s a wrap / shawl in the school colours of my son’s high school (my former high school) and I’m planning on needing it while watching him play football.

What have you been up to this week? Has it been to busy? To hot? to do your yarn work?

When life is busy do you set aside time for your yarn work?

Yarn and Coffee Share .. ends and beginings

If we were having coffee I’d be flipping through Pinterest and showing you some cute ideas that I’ve seen. Yep, always looking ahead. It’s rare that I completely finish a project before I start my next.  And this week is no exception.

20160814_104457 I’m not quite finished my fall sport-watching wrap but I’ve started my son’s blanket. I’m making a Jack Skellington blanket for his 16th.

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I have the yarn on my desk trying to prompt myself into making more maple leaves for Project Maple for Canada’s 150th . I love the colours; they’re perfect for these leaves; but the yarn is scratchy.

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It’s been a quiet week yarn wise.  I’ve been watching the Olympics and cheering for the Olympians. It’s just amazing that 4th is less than a blink in time from first. While I cheer for the Canadians a little louder, it’s awesome to see such dedication in motion from all the athletes.

What have you been doing while working on your yarn projects? Do you have your next project (or three) planned?

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

Yarn and Coffee Share… first week of August.

If we were having coffee my cup would be surrounded by yarn scraps, markers, paper and pencils.

This week I finished spirit wear scarves for my daughter and her spirit wearboyfriend. I’ve been working on that wrap, that’s in the school colours for my son’s football games. {I learned last year football games mysteriously bring about the cold winds and rain even when it was a beautiful Fall day.}

I’ve also decided on the blanket I’m going to make for my son’s 16th birthday. I found a pattern for Jack Skellington that I like. However it is a friendship bracelet pattern. So first I’ve had to scale it up so that it’s blanket size and determine how many stitches per square.

beginning of Jack PatternI have a back up plan just in case this didn’t translate well. I can make 2″ granny squares and sew them all together but since the blanket is for a 5′ 11″ boy I rather not sew that many squares !!

I’ve also started to make a few coffee cup cosies. So far just one for my daughter and a halloween-ish one. But I’ve seen a lot of other cute patterns. I like these types of projects. They make great stocking stuffers.

What’s in your basket of yarn art this week? Fall decor? Christmas gifts? Winter warmth?

 

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

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