October ~ Tea & Yarn

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October has been another month where a baby blanket has interrupted ūüėȬ† my Christmas projects but I’m happy to say one of the Christmas projects are done!

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I modified the Snowman Cup Cozy by Yarn Artist to include a hat!

With black yarn I added three rows (after I had finished the white body) using the front loop only to encourage the rows to roll forward. I also added a couple stitches to help the hat fit and roll. [The hat has three rows of 28 sc (front loop only). ] I also shortened the nose. I had some chunky orange in my stash so most of my snowmen have noses that are only 4 stitches long. { ch 4, slip stitch in 2nd, hdc in next, dc in last, finish. leave long tail for sewing }

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October brought another quick project (two actually but I’ve only started one!) Another lady at work is expecting so I’m making her a baby blanket. I’m using Red Heart Soft in grey and lilac to coordinate with baby’s room. The room is also going to have a Star Wars theme so I’ll make baby and her big sister lightsabers! Babies will be made with all cotton (absorbs teething drool) and big sisters will be made with some of the yarn in my stash.

I found this pattern for inspiration on Ravelry.

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Light Saber
by Alli Hartley

 

I promised myself that I wouldn’t start the lightsabers until I get at least one more of my Christmas gift list done!

How’s your #WIP coming along this month?

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Homemade Stitch Markers

It bugs me how much stitch markers cost and they’re so plain. So last month I ventured out of the yarn section of my craft store and into the jewelry¬†area. (With a 50% off coupon!)

I found some cute little beads, the claw earring bases and voila! Pretty stitch markers ūüôā

 

My problem now is to stay focused on my growing project list! I really don’t have time to make more crochet markers!¬† I have my Christmas gifts which I happily interrupted last month with a baby blanket. And again this month they’ll be interrupted¬†by another baby blanket. I work more with this lady, so I’m also going to make the big sister a lightsaber and baby a lightsaber teething toy. (The baby’s room is going to be purple & gray Star Wars theme!)

Do you make your stitch markers?

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Tea & Yarn ~ September.

Wow. I thought August went by fast. September was a busy month. So busy that I posted August’s Tea & Yarn and ONE other post! Eeeek! While blogging has been quiet; I have been productive with my crochet hook.

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P_20170823_085252-01I’ve written a few times about the gift I’ve been working on using Caron Cakes … I ended up buying one more cake to make it a bit bigger and put an edge on it.¬† (After Christmas I’ll make a full post for it!)

 

I started on my other Christmas projects finally. My living room is full of bags. I sorted my various projects into bags with all the yarn, the hook(s) and supplies that I need for each project. [ 25 Cup Cozys, 10 Jar Toppers, 3 hats, shawl, 6 teacup coasters, and a hat/scarf set] P_20170910_174958

I modified the patterns a bit. The snowman coffee cozy needed a hat and the mason jar lid needed adjusting to the size.

The snowman is a great stash buster! I had a big ball of white and a bunch of little balls of various colours that will be scarves and some stray balls of orange/black/red and voila!

For the jar topper, I had white but need to buy some holy leaf green and berry red. I found some red ribbon in the bargain bin.

For the hats etc I suppose I could have used some of my yarn at home (shhh don’t tell my hubby!) but there was a great yarn sale so….P_20170909_163317

I didn’t buy much at all, especially when you consider I was unsupervised!

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I had started on two of the projects, then I found out that a co-worker may be going on OthercopyP_20171001_103552 (2)her maternity leave early, so I had to stop my Christmas crafts for her baby blanket.

I used Bernet Baby Blanket. (Chicks and Bunnies) OH MY! This yarn is as soft and cuddly as you could want for a winter baby!!

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Then I was distracted again. With so many projects on the go, I found my stitch marker supply getting low. {Even with coupons, they’re expensive!} I found that I could make my own unique ones for less. (especially with a coupon and a bead sale!)P_20170925_182654

Well, I have a busy month ahead. The projects should work quickly. I just need to stay focused.

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Did you get distracted this month?  How are your holiday projects turning out?

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Jack in Black. Jack Skellington by a CS&BK follower.

It’s been a busy month and it has shown in my lack of posting (here and on Patchwork Ponderings). Yet with everything going on¬†I had to make time to share this with you.

A few months ago I was contacted by a lady who wanted more information on my Jack

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Skellington blanket. I was so thrilled that someone asked me about it! The other day she sent me a photo of the blanket that she created for her son.

Melinda decided to make the blanket black with a white Jack since a white blanket would not be practical for her son while he was on deployment. I’m happily sharing this photo of her yarn art with her permission.

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“My son was just home on leave before deployment and I finished it just in time. He absolutely loves it. Thank you so very much for all your advice! Seeing the look on his face was priceless.” – Melinda

Melinda, Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes to you and your son.

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Yarn & Tea: July ~ Time flies when you are crocheting. Part 2

I know why July flew by! I was busy and as the saying goes.. “time flies when your crocheting”. That is how it goes? Isn’t it? ūüėČ

I was concerned that your tea (or coffee or wine) needed refreshing so I made July’s wrap up into two posts. {Part One can be read here.} So now that we’ve refreshed our mugs (or glass) here I go..

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In July I have also picked up the¬†¬†Sidewalk shawl¬†that I haven’t worked on in some time. It requires me to pay attention to the pattern. I usually make projects that don’t have changes to the pattern for each row.

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While I’m enjoying the pattern I find that I can’t work this project when my darling family is around. After all these years they still have not caught on that counting louder means I’m trying to ignore you / I’m focusing on this.

Talking about having to pay attention…

I saw this adorable zebra pattern at Repeat Crafter Me. When I posted it to my Facebook page someone requested that I make one. ¬†It’s a lovely pattern, very straight forward with obvious colour¬†changes. (I’ll write more when I’m done.) This will be my second amigurumi ūüôā I’m still undecided if I’ll make more. As I posted on Instagram, some focus is needed because the neighbours¬†will wonder what the yell of frustration is all about.20170726_173829

Among other things on my social media and blogs I played with a new header and title for my Facebook page. It was originally started just for the pieces of yarn art that I sell but now I post a variety of crochet ‘stuff’ including blog posts from here. So.. it needed an update.

Perhaps I should tackle a few jobs around the house now that I’ve spent half of summer working on my crafts?

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Whew! Now to get back to my PHD (projects half done) I seem to have started several again! Oooops.

How are your projects coming along? Did you finish a few? Start one or two?

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