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 ūüėČ

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. ūüėČHat 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.

 

so soft @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

so soft @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

So Soft set @LavendarLadi Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

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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Cake Scarf @ Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses (2)

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! ūüôā

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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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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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