Yarn & Tea… Where did August go?

One minute I was planning a few projects and thinking (haha) that I’d start on my Christmas gifts then the next minute I was dropping our daughter off at the university. I did get some projects done and a serious dent in another project. And, well, one that I think I’m just going to abandon.

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My last project of the month was a tiny one. While shopping we found a huge scoop at the shoe store. Among the deals, daughter found these boots for $15 !!!! So I had to whip up a pair of cuffs for her the night before she left.

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I based them on a pattern I found on 7Alive’s site. I adjusted for the opening of the boot and added a couple rows of double crochet. I used some Bernet’s Handicraft Cotton that I had left over from another project.

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Daughter’s boyfriend liked the fish that I made for her so I made him one too. It was supposed to be all red. (Thinking Dr. Suess books…) but I needed more yarn. I thought red and gold were good luck colours so I mixed them. As I finished my daughter laughed. I had used her school’s colours for his fish!

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Does this count? I crocheted it years ago but shared it in August? On Instagram, I shared this granny square from one of my first blankets for Granny Square Day August 10th

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I spent a fair bit of July and into August on a crochet zebra. I’m tempted to just abandon this project completely.

The zebra is not finished P_20170815_144208because I do not like how it turned out. It looks … badly proportioned but not in a comical ‘fun’ way. And the ears flop and I choose poorly to just use the “eyes” that I had and I don’t like the colour changes and…

Perhaps if I was more practiced in amigurumi I would know the little tricks but the pattern left those little hints out.

Humph… it can sit there while I ponder it.

 

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And then there was a great coupon so I purchased a few cakes. (Ok so this was actually P_20170831_102356September BUT summer doesn’t finish for me for another day! So I’m going to count it as August. LOL) I’ll blog more about my love for this yarn … in October. Yes. October. (she mutters to herself.)

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I’ve promised myself that I will start on my Christmas gifts before I play with the new yarn. I really really need to get going on those!!

What was on your hook last month? Do you have projects planned for September?

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I caught a blue fish on my hook!

 

P_20170807_090051-01This is a great pattern by Kate Wood. Cookies (named because of his bowl) turned out beautifully!! The Fancy Goldfish is a free pattern that you can download via Ravelry.

I was looking for a smaller fish but this one is so adorable I just bought a new bowl for him to live in. The shape and size of this “cookie jar” works.  I just added a few water-blue marbles and this funky pipe cleaner and volia! a home for the blue fish.

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When my daughter went to university last year we had a good laugh about the rule regarding pets. No pets were allowed except “non-dangerous fish”.  Our first thought was, “Why did they have to make that specific of a rule? Did someone bring a pet jelly fish one year?”

Here we are a year later and I finally got around to creating her pet ‘non-dangerous’ fish.

I love how the different light changed the shade of blue.

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I enjoyed working with this thread. It’s so soft. Unfortunately,  I don’t remember the details about this crochet thread. It’s from my stash.

The plan was to use all four of these to make a school of fish but my daughter doesn’t have room for a full tank of crochet fish!

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Via my Facebook page, I take custom orders for projects. For this fish, I will be accepting limited orders. The cost is a minimum $10 donation to your local Humane Society / SPCA.

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Just Keep Swimming!

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Wee Crochet Gifts ~ Pattern Collection

As any crafter knows in August we’re well into the time where you have to make decisions and start making your Christmas gifts.

I’ve been looking for a few little crochet gifts to share with co-workers and as gift toppers. Here are a few ideas that I’ve collected. I’m looking forward to trying them out. {I’ll post as I finish a project!}

I’d love to see your suggestions! The more the merrier!  


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When I followed the link (via Pinterest) to Savvy Nana’s site,  I was delighted to find a pattern and that she has patterns for other cute little things such as Crochet Jute Twine Basket.

 

 

 

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These adorable little stocking from Sewrella look perfect to share. I think I’ll put little candy canes in them and use them as gift toppers!

Or maybe just a little something to add to Christmas cards?

 

 

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And who doesn’t enjoy a warm beverage during the holidays? I think this may be a good gift idea for those who walk their little ones to school each day or even the teachers who have morning yard duty!

This cup cozy by Yarn Artists looks like fun to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I adore this border. I first saw it when Repeat Crafter Me shared her Gingerbread House advent calendar.

The stitch is simple yet it’s an impactful border.

Instructions for the candy cane border can be found here.

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of adding the candy cane border to a washcloth or cup coasters or even a cup cosy for the holidays.

 

 

Another quick and easy gift idea are drink coasters. From a simple round to a tea cup shape they whip up easily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I could go on and on collecting patterns and ideas for yarn art gifts but I’ll have to stop or I won’t have time to create!  One of the many things that I love about crochet is the possibilities. A few balls of yarn, a hook and my imagination and I can create beautiful yarn art!

 

 

That’s a wrap … finally

I’m not even sure I remember when I started one of these wraps. The longer one, the wrap made with Impeccable (Fern) by Loops &

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Threads with trim in Radiant Lime, Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand…. I started that one because I had purchased the yarn for another project but it wasn’t bright enough green.

I found the green very soothing so …  instead of this yarn becoming a hat set for a friends daughter it became a wrap for… me?

 

The design is very simple just a long rectangle with lovely long fringe. I don’t know that this “pattern” has a name.

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You simply make it as wide as you wish (even number of stitches) then make your first stitch of the 2nd row as a double stitch (US term) then single stitch then double then single… repeat until end of row. END with a double stitch.

 


Lemon Lime Shawlette

My other wrap/shawlette is made from Caron Cakes (Lemon Lime) using the corner to corner stitch. It is just a shawlette because I only had one ball of this colour. I had used the other ball to make a scarf. I could have purchased more, however, I’m trying hard to not purchase yarn just because.  And this project was a “just because” project. It started as something to keep me occupied while my son was at throws practice. (track and field/shot put)

edit: Lemon Lime – Caron Cakes is discontinued 😦  But I can’t be sad for long… I just love this yarn and I’ll have to find another project or two for it!!

 

Yarn and Coffee – April

Welcome. Come on in. What can I get you to drink? Coffee, tea? Maybe an ice tea?

April has been a whirlwind month. Whole weeks have just disappeared!

I did finish my blue shawl for the Gala I attended. The yarn was a different dye lot but I couldn’t see a difference when I used the new balls.

 

I love this yarn. I used Vanna White Glamour in Sapphire. A stunning yarn full of sparkle. It’s hue changed with the light. Everything from a midnight blue almost black next to my black dress to a bright ocean blue in the sunlight.

 

 

I think the darker yarn and not taking the time to block it gave my shawl a different look from the original pattern.  I do want to try Fortune’s Shawlette  again. This corner to corner pattern worked up quickly and I’d love to see it in a different colour.

Then just before Easter when it was time to deliver the Sherbert and Cream blanket. My friend asked for a media pouch to be made. She was giving the blanket to her cousin’s little girl and wanted a gift for another child.

This was the first time I added a zipper to my work. It felt kind of awkward. I think if the occasion arises in future I’ll plan better. I think sewing the zipper in first then finishing the pouch would have been better.

Then it was time to pick up our daughter from university.  I just didn’t believe how quickly her first year would go. In September it felt like she’d be away for an eternity.  When we got up there to get her she was still sick and no help packing her belongings. Which wouldn’t have been bad expect her room is a city block over and 4 flights of stairs up from the doors.

Since she’s been home I haven’t picked up a new project. I think in May I’ll work on finishing a couple of my half done projects.

What was on your hook this month?