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… 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!