Only two years behind

I’ve been wanting to make this blanket that I saw at Attic 24’s blog for about two years now!  I had thought about it first in 2014.  However this, that and other projects came up and I didn’t make it. Today while shopping with my sister and Aunt we just happened to go into the craft store when there was a yarn sale.  LOL This wouldn’t be the first time that a yarn sale got me in trouble!

My hubby, while understanding that I rarely make something for myself did find it necessary to mention the rest of my yarn. Not understanding that I didn’t have the right colours!

But back to the yarn sale… I wasn’t planning on purchasing yarn today but well… it was on sale and I don’t have any other projects to do.  I didn’t have my list of colours that I had planned to use so I just winged it. I matched moods to the colours I purchased.

Colours Mood Blanket

I decided to use Red Heart SuperSaver yarn because I like it and it fits my budget better. Not as soft as I hoped but soft enough 🙂

Coffee = Angry

Dark Orchid = Happy

Burgundy = Moody

Aran = Sick/Tired

Light Periwinkle = Creative

Soft Navy = Stressed

Tea Leaf = Relaxed/Content

Lemon = Preoccupied

Carrot = Loving/Grateful

Charcoal = Sad

Mood Blanket Colours

Now to decide which granny square I’m going to use for the blanket!!

 

Off my hook in 2015

Last year I pondered making a mood blanket in 2015. Perhaps 2016 will be the year for that. I know it’s going to be one of those “big years” but what I don’t know is what will strike my fancy for crocheting!

Can’t love what you’re making? Love who you’re making it for.

A friend asked me to make a hat set for her daughter and her daughters elves. I told her that I have yet to make a hat ‘successfully’. But she had faith that I could create something that she would like.

After many tries with various patterns, I finally ran out of time and had to give her my last attempt.

The hardest part is she had a hat in mind that didn’t have a pattern. So I now had to figure out how to make a hat and find a pattern that was close to what she wanted. I don’t think I succeed but she’s kind and said it was lovely. It was so much bigger than I imagined. My daughter says that because I’m not used to slouch hats.    20151124_100129

This project really hit home for me why I crochet. It’s the creative process that I enjoy. I like the colours and textures. I like figuring out the patterns.  It’s the joy of making it.

Having to make something that was picked by someone else by a specific time was work. I don’t think I could have finished this project if it wasn’t for someone I really liked. ( I was excited to find a project to use these adorable button with!!)

She asked for a slouch hat, a scarf and mittens plus matching hats/scarves for her daughter’s elves.

The rest of her order worked up well. I had fun creating tech covers. And I loved the yarn and pattern for the toddler/infant sets. Overall I was excited to create projects for this friend and was honoured that she asked me to make these for her. I hope her daughter enjoys them!

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The pattern for the slouch hat was easy to follow. You can find it at Cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com.au

The infant/toddler set’s patterns can be found in the post linked above.

The pattern that I used to make the scarf can be found at ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-holes-baby-blanket

I made some slight changes to the mitten pattern found at redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-mittens-all

For the mittens: I shortened the cuff by a few stitches and did 20 rows for the cuff. Which meant 20 stitches for the round that creates the hand part. From their I followed the pattern for child (adjusting for the extra stitches.) I did this because the child’s size is too small and the woman’s is too big for a 10 yrs old girl.

Baymax Amigurumi Pattern

This is adorable. Kindly visit the original post to comment / like.

K Hook Creations has done an amazing job. I’m so happy they’ve shared how to make Baymax !!

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K Hook Creations

PDF version available: here

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Materials:
Size G hook
white yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
black embroidery thread
9mm safety eyes
fiberfill
scissors
yarn needle

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
inc: increase
dec: invisible decrease
BLO: back loops only

Face:

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r1: ch 6, inc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc, inc,
now working on other side of chains, inc, 3 sc, inc (14)
r2: inc, 4 sc, 2 inc, 5 sc, inc (18)
r3-6: sc around (18)
r7: dec, 4 sc, dec, sc, dec, 5 sc, dec (14)
Fasten off leaving a long tail.

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Place eyes between rows 5-6 with three stitches in between.
Use embroidery thread to run a line between the eyes.
Stuff with fiberfill.

Body:

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r1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
r2: 6 inc (12)
r3: [sc, inc] x 6 (18)
r4: [2 sc, inc] x 6 (24)
r5: [3 sc, inc] x…

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Scalloped Baby/Toddle Hat/ Mitten set

Scalloped set Infant size

Scalloped set Infant size

I saw this cute pattern posted on Red Heart‘s Facebook feed  when I shared it, my friend asked me to make a couple sets for her to give as Christmas gifts.

The pattern was a little different from what I’m used to. I think the last bit of each line is a summary. I also found the directions for the assembly / attaching of the flower were a little vague.

I added thumbs for the toddle size (at the 5th row) since I think at that age they will feel more comfortable. I used the Red Heart Soft yarn as recommended but had to use Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the light pink. (Wish my store had the light pink in Soft.)  Overall it turns out to be an adorable set.

Scalloped set Toddler size