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 &

spring soft wrap

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 😦  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 – June .. I finished projects!!!

Welcome. Pull up a chair on my porch.  Would you like an ice tea (sorry, I’m Canadian it’s not iced tea) maybe an ice coffee?  June’s Yarn and Coffee is a wee bit later than planned. The construction next door cut my phone line and we had to wait until today for it to be repaired.

I’m feeling very good about this month. I finally finished those wraps and a couple other new little projects!

made with Impeccable by Loops & Threads (FERN) / trim done with Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand in Radiant Lime

made with Caron Cakes – Lemon Lime

 

made with Soft & Shiny by Loops & Threads – Royal Blue and Yellow

My oldest nephew graduated from high school and I couldn’t be prouder! Lots of awards and a few scholarships! So I had to make him a scarf with his universities colours!

I’m trying not to blink because when I do he’ll be graduating university as a mechanical engineer.

 

A few months ago I bought some new curtains. I just got around to making some tiebacks for them. So I guess I should add this project to the finished the PHD projects 😉

 


In July I think I’ll work on posting some more details about last months projects and working on my “Molly poncho”.

What came off your hook this month?

Did you make a gift for someone?

I do so love hearing about your yarn adventures. In my Reader, I found Tanglewood Knots highlights for June.

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?

Love this yarn !! – A Quick Caron Cakes Review

I can’t remember where I first read about this yarn but when I found it at my local Michaels I was thrilled.

Caron Cakes

It works as beautifully as promised and the texture is wonderful !!! So soft and inviting.

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I am a little behind on my posting. I made this scarf when I purchased my first ball of this delicious yarn Fall 2016.

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I have several other projects on the go; one of which I have a deadline for so I must be strong. I want to go buy lots more of this yarn and just create. I don’t know what yet but the yarn is such a pleasure to work with that I just look forward to having it in my hands and on my hook!

It is a special yarn available only at Michaels. I’m hoping they continue this yarn and offer it everywhere. Just in case I may have to go buy a few balls for future projects. I am kicking myself for not doing that when it was on special last month!!

 

edit: This yarn due to popular demand is continued into 2017 (It was a special Caron “birthday” yarn.)  The colour for this scarf, Lemon Lime, is one of the shades that were discontinued.

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?