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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Sherbet and whip cream blanket

This blanket was such a joy to work on. The days just before spring brought more snow and were generally dreary. The soft texture of the yarn and the sublime, bright, spring colours¬†just made me happy. ¬†They’re such delicious¬†colours that I think of this blanket as ‘Sherbet and Whip Cream’ instead of what the author has named it. (Rainbow Ruffle)

it did take me longer to make than I anticipated but I didn’t mind. ¬†It’s warm and soft!

I found the pattern a little distracting to read but the photos were helpful. The author suggested that any color order would work but since this blanket was requested I made it with the color order as found on the pattern page.

 

Pattern:¬†Rainbow Ruffle Blanket by Dada’s Place

Variation on pattern for my Ruffle Blanket Sherbet and Whip Cream Blanket:

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn. {Pale Yellow, Hot Blue, Hot Orange, Hot Pink, Soft Violet and White.} I found with this yarn, I needed to go back and purchase extra yarn. (one more ball of each colour) I need much more white. It would have been best to purchase one of the big balls of Bernat Handicraft vs the many small balls for this project.

The yarn recommends a 5mm hook for this project I used a 4.5 mm

I had 91 stitches across which measured approx 80 cm. When I finished the blanket (following the colour order in the pattern) the blanket was 126 cm long.

 

#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

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