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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November’s Yarn & Tea

Yumm, Sipping on some Sugar Cookie tea taking a break from decorating and crocheting to chat about my projects for the last month. It occurs to me that even with the long list of WIPs my hand hasn’t been hurting! For a while there I was starting to think about making those special baby blankets now because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to crochet when I was blessed with grandbabies. I wonder what the difference is? I’ve lost a fair bit of weight/ changed how I eat… wonder if that is it?

Anyways… What was on your hook last month?

I’ve been working on hats this month. I’m excited about that because previous attempts didn’t work out. I’m enjoying the simple patterns that I’ve been using and that they work up so quickly. Partly because it’s nice to see a finished project but really it occurs to me that my nephews may lose the hats and since it didn’t take long to make I won’t be upset. LOL

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My son has been my model for these hats. He likes his hats snug but I’m not sure if his cousins will so for one hat I used the yarn’s recommended hook size and the other I used a size down. I did make the rounds two stitches shorter because the first hat was way too loose for a beanie. P_20171203_094135_vHDR_On.jpg

I’ve been using Red Heart Soft in Navy, Wine and Dark Leaf (sorry the colours in the photos don’t reflect this) The hat that was on the loose side I used a 5.5mm and the smaller one 5mm

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I’ve also been working on a Christmas scarf for me but it’s slow going because I had the brilliant idea to do thin-ish strips on a scarf. I’m torn about what to do when it’s long enough. The edges are not as smooth as I’d like so I could put an edge on to hide them but will that ruin the stripe effect?

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And then there are all the ends to weave in. If the yarn wasn’t so soft I may have abandoned this project. Or at least set it aside for next year. I’m going to finish it today.

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I’ll see how I feel when I get to “long enough” or the end of the balls. 😉

I only have a  two more hats to make for gifts. I may make scarves to go with the hats for my daughter and nephew’s girlfriend.

Plus we do a gift exchange game with all of our family. This year’s theme is homemade. The only tricky part is making something that everyone could use.

Perhaps I’ll make a bag holder?

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Cheers & Happy Holidays.

May all your WIP be finished on time and may

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Hats! I’ve made hats!

Funny the accomplishments that you’re excited about. 🙂 I’ve made infant/toddler hats successfully before but older children/ adults … not so much.

So I was very excited that my latest attempts worked! My first was a simple gray hat for

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my hubby. The pattern is super easy! I used Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie by Jenni Designs

Overall I find I crochet a little on the loose side, for this hat pattern. She includes a test pattern to check your gauge. Which is handy.

For my hubby, he picked Caron Simply Soft in Gray Heather. It makes a nice soft hat. This yarn is on the silky side for hats…. very floppy but he likes it. Even though the yarn isn’t chunky (it’s a medium/4) I found it worked well.P_20171122_090235_vHDR_On.jpg

I used the same pattern with a smaller hook (yarn recommends 5mm) for a second hat that fits slightly snugger. He finds it warmer.

I also used the Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie pattern for this next hat. This time using Charisma by Loops & Threads in dark purple with black for accent. For this hat, I used the 8mm which is the recommended hook size. I find the hat very loose but my son says it’s ok, fit wise. I’m going to try a hook size down the next time. This yarn is described as bulky (5) so I thought that it would have worked better size wise.

 

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The other pattern that I used this month has more detail in its style. My daughter and nephew’s girlfriend will be getting these as gifts.

The Alpine Nights Beanie by Pattern Paradise has a slightly more advanced stitch (for beginners) but once you see how to do the fpdc / front post double chain (to make the waffle pattern) it’s another ‘quick to work up’ hat.

P_20171116_191922_vHDR_OnThe original pattern uses Caron Cakes but for this hat, I used the Caron Cupcakes, Strawberry Pie. This yarn is finer than the Caron Cakes. It’s a Light/3 weight yarn. It worked up very well and I had some yarn left over. I added the pompom that comes with this cute yarn but when we tried the hat on the pompom seemed too small.

 

This pattern has a companion pattern, the Alpine Nights Super Scarf. I’m loving the waffle pattern so I’m going to use it to complete the gifts.

I’m pondering making it into an infinity scarf. I’ll see what happens when I start it.

It’s nice to see results when crocheting. I usually make blankets, some of which I work on for months, so it’s very rewarding to see so many projects done in one month. Next weekend I’ll post about November’s projects in Yarn & Tea.

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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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Jack Skellingon

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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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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