January 2018 … Yarn & Tea

When I realize that another month had flown by I initially thought to myself “It was a quiet crafting month.” Well as I gathered photos I see that it wasn’t. Time does fly when you’re having fun 😉

If you’ve read any of my post from the last few months you may have noticed that I’ve fallen in love with the waffle stitch. It’s so quick and easy yet has a beautiful and dramatic effect. The baby blanket that I finally finished was fabulous and sooo soft. In case I haven’t said it enough I really enjoyed making this one!!

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I wanted to put an edge on it that complimented the geometric pattern.love this waffle pattern @LavendarLadi Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses (2) I’m not a 100% happy with this one but I had to finish the blanket before baby arrived!

 

 

I had planned to make my co-worker some lightsabers to go with her Star Wars themed nursery but I just couldn’t get them to work. I wanted to give her more than just a blanket so I found this adorable baby hat for her. I used Red Heart So Soft. While the yarn was a bit of a pain to work with I adore the silky softness, perfect for a little Jedi’s head. 😉Hat for Baby @ Croceht Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

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After Christmas and into the beginning of January I had time to work on some scarves and a hat for me. Last Fall while shopping the yarn sale for Christmas projects this yarn called to me. The colour of this one reminds me of popcorn; white with a hint of butter. And OH MY it’s soft creamy silky velvety… like have a cloud wrapped around my shoulders.

 

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You’ve seen that Meme? “Finds the softest yarn but no project/person is worthy!”

We’ll this scarf and hat are for me because I’m worth it. It’s my “Way-to-go-Me” to celebrate my 75lbs weight loss! (the last 2lbs came off over the Christmas holidays!)

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OH Did I share with you? For Christmas, I was lucky enough to get two yarn bowls and a yarn ‘bag’. While I adore my new ceramic one (My Aunt didn’t tell me where she purchased it.) My new wooden one is so very special. My hubby found a wooden bowl then carved the heart into it.

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I did decide to start again with the Sidewalk Shawl. I bought a new hook (the bamboo one above) and didn’t want to risk the shawl looking as if I’d used two different hooks.

I am enjoying the challenge of a more detailed pattern however it is definitely not a project to work on while watching (listening) to t.v.  I made a couple scarves because they’re quick and easy. Turns out the month that I thought I’d be resting my hook, I made three scarves, three hats (forgot to take a picture of the one I made for my mother-in-law) finished a baby blanket and started a shawl.

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Looking ahead… I saw somewhere a program that will scan your photo then tell you what colours are in it. I’m thinking of doing this with my ‘icy’ photos to start a blanket. Earlier in the month when we were still very very cold. I had to venture down by Niagara Falls to snap some photos. The mist creates layers and layers of ice that sparkle. It’s my favourite time to visit The Falls.

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LOL like most of you I never have just one #WIP  What was on your hook this month? Please take a moment to link here so that I can enjoy your work! 🙂

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Gifts for your Crochet Yarn Artist

20160203_093202.jpgWith Valentines Day fast approaching I thought I’d help you out. Candy and chocolate are nice but they spend more time on our hips than our lips. Jewellery is always good. 😉  Stuffed toys are cute we tend to think…”I could crochet one just like that!” Which brings me to some suggestions.

So what gifts would be great when your love adores crochet? Allow me to make a suggestion or two. (Fellow yarn artists..please feel free to add to these suggestions!)

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This is a hobby that you need more than one of various items. The most obvious is yarn. We always need (yes NEED) more yarn.

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A bit of advice. Most projects need at least two balls of the same colour (and brand) of yarn so please gift at least two. Another important reason to give multiples is in many cases the yarn is dyed in batches (called lots) so the exact shade varies slightly by lot. So if they have to go back to the store to buy a second ball they may not get a matching dye lot!

I’m sure you know we prefer to work with soft yarn. But please do not be tempted to buy the ‘specialty’ yarn. It’s often difficult to work with and/or is appropriate for very few projects.

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For example… Bunny Tail yarn is cute but I have no idea what to do with it!

Now you’ve picked a couple balls of soft yarn… What do you buy with it? A new crochet hook is a good start. Look on the back of the package of yarn to find out what size.

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Most stores have one or two types of hooks. Perhaps you’ve noticed which your yarn artist prefers?P_20180114_125209_vHDR_On

Maybe they’re like me and enjoy a variety.

There’s no “best” hook. It’s all preference. Just start with selecting the correct size (see above).

Your yarn artist now has enough to make a project. But there are a few other items that make the process more fun (and easier)

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Scissors, measuring tape

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stitch markers, darning needle

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bobby pins – mark the line in a crochet pattern

A cute pair of scissors, a measuring tape, a darning needle and stitch markers are the little things that make each project go smoother!

And while we’re making things smoother…

Jagged nails and rough skin catch on yarn. When you’re working with the beautiful soft yarn you want your hands soft too.

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The added bonus of gifting these items to you yarn artist is they will make you soft, homemade, full of love pieces.

“When you show others love, you are shown, love. When you give love, you receive love.”
― Donald L. Hicks, Look into the Stillness

Products shown are from my personal collection. I do not have any connections with the companies.

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Pondering Projects for 2018

I want to start the year by finishing the works in progress. Considering how long some of them have been set aside I could almost call them new projects!

I have to finish the baby blanket, baby’s first lightsaber, and big sister’s lightsaber first. My co-worker’s little girl is due to arrive in February!!

soft gray stitchesThen I want to finish the Sidewalk Shawl for me ❤ Alongside that I want to figure out how to make my Mickey blanket. I’ve learned so much since I first decided that I wanted to make the blanket. I should be able to figure it out.

I shared with my WW group that I wanted to learn new stitches this year and discovered that there is a local crochet group I can join. I think I’ll ponder my Mickey blanket a bit then bring the idea to them See what some brainstorming can create!

I really do want to try something new. My general theme for 2018 is brave …to step out of my comfort zone. New crochet projects and stitches are my first step.

 

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Marly’s Granny Square Cardigan

Perhaps since I’m going to be at my healthy weight next winter I’ll invest in some fantastic yarn and make myself a cardigan???

 

 

I do have some ‘new’ projects that are on the “to make” list already. A friend has ordered them for next Christmas. I think that next Christmas I’m going to not make gifts. I’ll take orders… maybe even revive my Etsy Store?

I’ll see what the year brings! Early January is like a new ball of yarn… it’s full of possibilities!

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Off my hook in 2017

It was a busy year of crocheting for me. Yarn sales and coupons allowed me to create with those “expensive” yarns which make my fingers and heart happy.

Some projects are still in progress. I put them aside because they are for me and I wanted to get gifts done. One project has been abandoned because I really do not like how it was turning out. Several pieces of my yarn art were greeted with joy and others were met with silence.  It’s in those moments your heart cries a little then you think “I should have used the scratchy yarn.”69f7e046f65dafdcc92196132ba10fe8

Oh well. I did enjoy making all but one of my projects this year!!  Please… join me as I look back.

 

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To start 2018 I’m going to pick up the Sidewalk Shawl again. The yarn is so soft and the pattern is beautiful. I think I may just FROG it {frogging your work, a verb that’s all about how you rip it, rip it, ribbit out those stitches!} because I think I’ve lost the hook I was using and it’s been many many many months since I worked on it.

Happy New Year 

I wish you a year of good health, kindness, soft yarn and projects to fill the scope of your imagination.

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December 2017 ~ Yarn and Tea

I imagined myself posting this on time alas there is only so much one can accomplish in a month. Especially with a well-timed illness.

I was on the couch from Christmas ’til New Years but I’m feeling 90% better now. It was a well-timed illness because I finished all my Christmas crochet gifts, all my wrapping and cooking AND was just starting to feel icky on Christmas Day!!  I was fortunate to have absolutely nothing to do last week and could dedicate it all to being a sleepy, sick couch potato,

In December, I finished off the hats, made a couple other scarves. I didn’t get the last

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baby blanket or the baby toys done because I won’t work on baby stuff when I’m sick. They’ll be the perfect way to start off 2018!

 

Over the past few months, I worked on several Christmas crochet gifts (pattern links) that started with a C2C shawl for my sister in July.

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I didn’t initially plan on making hats but when I experimented on my hubby I found a hat pattern that I liked for the guys. Then I found one a pattern for the girls.

It’s funny once I started the waffle pattern for the WIP baby blanket it seemed to pop up in other patterns I liked. Such as my Christmas scarf, the Urban Shell Scarf for the girls and their Alpine Nights hats.

After I made hats, scarves and cup cozies I filled little mason jars with candy or hot chocolate and topped with a plain version a pattern I found in the summer. {The holly embellishment was too big for these little jars.} I had finished my sister’s teacup coasters earlier in the fall. The pattern is one I listed in the pattern collection post.

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I hope that your December was full of yarn and joy!

I’d love to see what was on your hook! 

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