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

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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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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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Pondering Projects for 2018

I want to start the year by finishing the works in progress. Considering how long some of them have been set aside I could almost call them new projects!

I have to finish the baby blanket, baby’s first lightsaber, and big sister’s lightsaber first. My co-worker’s little girl is due to arrive in February!!

soft gray stitchesThen I want to finish the Sidewalk Shawl for me ‚̧ Alongside that I want to figure out how to make my Mickey blanket. I’ve learned so much since I first decided that I wanted to make the blanket. I should be able to figure it out.

I shared with my WW group that I wanted to learn new stitches this year and discovered that there is a local crochet group I can join. I think I’ll ponder my Mickey blanket a bit then bring the idea to them See what some brainstorming can create!

I really do want to try something new. My general theme for 2018 is brave …to step out of my comfort zone. New crochet projects and stitches are my first step.

 

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Marly’s Granny Square Cardigan

Perhaps since I’m going to be at my healthy weight next winter I’ll invest in some fantastic¬†yarn and make myself a cardigan???

 

 

I do have some ‘new’ projects that are on the “to make” list already. A friend has ordered them for next Christmas. I think that next Christmas I’m going to not make gifts. I’ll take orders… maybe even revive my Etsy Store?

I’ll see what the year brings! Early January is like a new ball of yarn… it’s full of possibilities!

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Caron Countdown

 

 

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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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Hats! I’ve made hats!

Funny the accomplishments¬†that you’re excited about. ūüôā¬†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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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.

Fern Green Wrap

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 ūüė¶ ¬†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!!