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#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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On track with Jack Skellington blanket

Whew! I knew that I wanted to make a blanket for my son’s 16th, since I made a blanket for my daughter’s 16th. It’s been a creative challenge for me in many ways.

First finding a subject that spoke to who he is, what his interests are; took some time. He likes superheroes, their villains and ‘antiheroes’ but he found the patterns too ‘baby-ish’  He enjoys sports but again, none of the designs seemed right. At last, he decided that Jack Skellington would be a good theme. When I found a pattern it was a friendship bracelet design. Jack blanket attempt one

I toyed with a few ideas on how to turn the pattern into a bed sized blanket for a teenaged boy. At first, I thought I’d make a bunch of 2″ squares but the thought of sewing that many squares together was a bit overwhelming.  I then sat down and figured out how many double crochet stitches across / down would be needed so I could just go row by row (like a traditional blanket.)

I even had a start on the traditional style blanket before the holidays. However, I found some C2C blankets by RepeatAfterMe.com and I had my “ah-HA” moment. I watched a few videos, in particular, the how to make a Corner to Corner scarf by Crochet Crowd, were very helpful.

I printed the pixel pattern and added squares along the edges to make the pattern wide enough for a blanket. {It’s more of a long lap blanket.} The pattern I found didn’t have squares that are regular graph paper size so I had to draw the squares.  In the Crochet Crowd’s video, he talks about a website that will help you create patterns but that wouldn’t work for this design so….

C2C Pattern
C2C Pattern

Once this was done I could count the number of each colour squares in each diagonal row. I also noted up and down and where I would only be growing one side to create a rectangle vs the traditional C2C square.

I’m finally enjoying the journey for this blanket and feeling the pressure. I have just over a month to finish it before my not-so-little-man turns 16. I hope I’m as proud of this blanket as I am of him!

C2C Jack Skellington - in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

C2C Jack Skellington – in progress by Crochet Stitches and Butterfly Kisses

I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!
I have to weave those ends every few rows because it looks so messy and confusing!

Feeling creative inspiration

Like slipping into a warm bubbly bath and that “ahhhhh” feeling. I found inspiration for my son’s birthday blanket.

I had previously thought I’d do it row by row and even spent the time to figure out how many stitches for each row to make the pattern. While I’m proud of all the work I put in to figure this out… the project itself seemed so big.

While flipping through Pinterest I decided to look at some of the videos for the C2C / Corner to Corner blankets. And VOILA I found some inspiration.

I think the project size and the thought that the end product would look “ok” not ‘wow’ like my daughters (Doctor Who / birthday blanket) feed my procrastination.

beginning of Jack Pattern
start of Jack blanket

After seeing the cute ‘picture’ blankets on Pinterest I realised this is the look I want for my son’s Jack blanket.

Well I should go throw a load of laundry in, make a cup of tea and get started on my son’s birthday blanket.

 

 

If we were having coffee.. sharing our weeks projects.

Every week I’ve worked on a crochet project or two or at least just played with some yarn crochet humourand different stitches. Not every project inspires a post of it’s own but I thought it would be nice to share what’s been on my hook each week. I was inspired by the #WeekendCoffeeShare but want to keep this more specific to crochet and yarn arts.

I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. What worked (or didn’t) what new patterns did you find? Did you find a yarn sale? Please share in the comments or with a link.  It’s nice to talk ‘shop’ over coffee.


If we were having coffee I’d tell you about my son’s baseball game and ..

This week I’ve been working on a wrap or maybe it will be a lap blanket? 20160730_110250It’s something to keep me warm while watching my son play football this Fall. I’ve been working on it while watching him play baseball. I’ve always had a project to keep my hands busy during the many hours I sit at baseball diamonds during the summer.

I’ve also been working with a yarn that I ordered a few weeks ago. I tried the other colour 20160730_102306first and it didn’t meet my expectations. I’m thinking it was because I didn’t like the colours so I’m making another wide scarf / small wrap with the other colour and with a different stitch.

 

 

And… I had  coupons so I bought some yarn for spirit wear scarves. One for my daughter in her university’s colours and one for her boyfriend in his university’s colours. In the photo is a yarn that was on clearance so it had to come home too. 🙂

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What was on your hook this week?  Did you take your project on vacation with you?

 

First “intermediate” crochet pattern ~ What I’ve learned by row 15

20160407_153235I’ve decided that my first “more complicated” crochet project will be the Sidewalk Shawl by Red Heart. { Designed by: Kimberly K McAlindin] I am loving the pattern and the Red Heart Soft yarn.  Red Heart Soft was a suggested substitute .

The pattern recommends..

Required Supplies:

  • STITCH NATION by Debbie Stoller® Bamboo Ewe®: 6 balls 5410 Mercury (Bamboo Ewe is discontinued)
  • Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8]
  • Yarn needle

You also will need stitch markers!! 20160407_153451 You can see how they’re used to mark the end /begining of each row during MarlyBird’s video.  MarlyBird also has a video about reading the pattern. Both video’s are helpful.

Included on Red Heart’s site is a diagram of the base pattern. I like having the diagram available as a visual reference.

A few things that I found helpful while reading the pattern so far…

  1. READ the whole pattern before starting. Read the special stitches and the abbreviations .
  2. READ the whole row’s instructions before starting the row.

This isn’t a book. You’re not going to spoil the ending by reading ahead!!

3.  Mark what row you are currently working on.  I’ve even gone so far as to cover the other rows because I’m looking from my work to the pattern frequently. I mixed two rows.

You KNOW someone will talk to you and keep talking to you even if you count your stitches out loud.

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mark which row you are working
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cover other rows if need to look from work to pattern frequently

The video was a tad long, so I may have missed this but they didn’t seem to address the pattern past the base rows. For me, someone who is attempting their first intermediate pattern I found the instruction (which first appears in Row 13)

repeat from * across end at **

a little confusing. It took a little research but I found it to mean repeat the section of pattern across the row until the end.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out! I’ll make sure to add another post when I’m done.

The pale green behind the soft gray shawl is a simple wrap that I’m making. I’ll also post posts and talk more about the super easy pattern to make it.

What’s on your hook?

Chunky Rug

I love those big crocheted rugs that I’ve seen in the stores. I certainly wasn’t going to buy one when I could make one.WP_20150704_11_07_51_Pro

It was a little awkward working with such a large hook! But with a little experimenting it worked out.

WP_20150704_11_06_39_ProI don’t know why but I was also a little surprised at how quickly this project worked up! WP_20150704_11_05_41_Pro

I used two balls of the Bernat Mega Bulky and just made the pattern up as I worked.

I love this yarn! It is super soft. I haven’t put it in the bathroom yet because we’re not quite done. I’m pondering putting it in my bedroom instead because it seems a little too nice and cozy for a bathroom. Hummm….

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A new stitch learned

I found this beautiful yarn last fall and I just had to bring it home.  I WP_20150131_19_08_52_Prodecided that I wanted a more “lacy” stitch for the scarf I wanted to make with this beautiful Lion Brand Yarn ~ Landscapes (Tropics).

I searched through Pinterest and found a link to Amelia is Rabbit  site which has straight forward directions (with photos!!).

In no time I was making my first project with the WP_20150216_12_32_28_ProCeltic knot / Lover’s knot.

 

 

As I’m sure seasoned crochers know, some stitches just are more fun to use. I really enjoyed this stitch and the silky soft yarn.  I’ve seen shawls made with this stitch. Since I have to use this stitch again I think I may just make another shawl.

Here’s my latest scarf.  One good thing about a cold snowy winter… I get to wear all my scarves.

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And a scarf for me!

The holidays are done and packed away. It’s time to make a new scarf or two for me!

When I was Christmas shopping I found two beautiful yarns so I WP_20150120_12_35_35_Prodecided to make two scarves for my collection this year! The one that I’m showing in this post is a Red Heart Yarn called Earth & Sky.

I saw a few similar scarves on Pinterest. I really liked the tassel / fun of the design.

I decided to make it two long rows of double stitch for the ‘base’. Then for the tassel part I made the start of each single stitch strand at one stitch (of the base) then ended the strand at the stitch next to it. To finish off the ‘base’ (opposite side to the tassels)  I made a row of puff stitches for texture.

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KCACO-UK CAL 2015 – Block 3

Beautiful! Kindly visit Keep Calm and Crochet on U.K. to comment on this square and other lovely creations.

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So it’s time for block 3 already, these blocks are coming round quick! 

So sometimes you just see some crocheted loveliness and think one day I am going to have to make that.  For me this CAL is definitely helping me fulfil my wish list.  I really feel as if I have had this next pattern saved FOREVER so it was a joy to finally make it up.  

This square is free (and has been since Mar 2011) on the Crochetville site.

Yarn Clouds by Amelia Beebe

Notes:

  • Hook: UK 5 mm / US Size H
  • Yarn: Aran / 10 ply / Worsted / Weight #4
  • Colours: Works great in single colours or up to 5 different colours changes.
  • Pattern available in US terminology for conversion chart please click HERE

Specialist stitches:

Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) – Yarn over, insert hook from back of work through side of specified stitch, going in…

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A TARDIS for her

I grew up watching The Doctor.. Doctor Who ❤  So I was thrilled when my ‘baby’ girl became a Whovian.

Her 16th birthday was coming up and she didn’t know what she wanted so last summer I suggested that I could make her a TARDIS. Well three months later and a lot of blue Red Heart yarn…

TARDIS for her

I just need to add the words to the top and to the door panel.  I ran out of time for her birthday.  How did 16 sneak up so fast?

The pattern is here.  The only notes that I’d add to the wonderful pattern is:

For Row 115 onwards.. note how many total stitches per row. When I got to the light I found that the noted stitch count left my light off center. ( WHERE did I pick up those extra stitches?? )