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Where is the Honey Nut Cheerio’s bee? Visit  BringBacktheBees.ca to find out.

Honey Nut Cheerios (North America) is giving away free wildflower seeds to help #BringBackTheBees.

Kindly visit their page to see why we need our bees!!

Hint! I’m sure you love at least one of the reasons.

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*This post is not a sponsored post. Just here to support the bees.

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(rebloged post) Have You Heard of Stitch Fiddle?

Oh, the possibilities!  Kindly visit Tanglewood Knots to read more/ comment. ~ LavendarLadi

 

If you have NOT heard of Stitch Fiddle and you like to create your own designs that involve a graph you NEED to check this out. This is a free utility that you will need to sign up for to be able to save your designs. There is also a premium plan available but I didn’t look into that so I’m not sure what the cost is.  ~ Tanglewood Knots

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As many of you may already know – if I follow your blog I will read EVERY post you make and I frequently comment. I do this for a few reasons:

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Yarn and Coffee ~ February

If we were having coffee this month I’d tell you about my big project and the thrill of how a ‘ new stitch’ worked.

I’m enjoying an iced latte, since it’s been unseasonably warm. What can I pour for you?

February was a mad rush to get my son’s blanket done before his birthday. I am pleased with how it looks. I didn’t think I’d be happy at all with the finished project.jack-skellington-c2c-crochetstitchesbutterflykisses-3

It looks good overall and to the non-yarn artist. My son likes it and that’s what’s important.

Up close I see many spots where I made errors and while looking over the blanket I can see the ‘learning’ stages. I learned that a ball of yarn for each colour section makes a tidier blanket vs cutting (and leaving more tails!!) with the colour switches. I also learned that I shouldn’t cut tails late at night because I snipped a stitch or two and that’s a (&(%^ to fix.

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I had a wee bit of time to create something for me this month. I’ve seen earbuds decorated with crochet on Pinterest so I thought it would be a fun way to add to my new walking routine!

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What yarn art have you created this month?

 

edit: This week (and this post) started in February ..so I’m counting it as the Yarn and Coffee post for February 😉

 

#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!

Monarch birthplace research

U of G Researchers Identify Monarch Butterfly Birthplaces to Help Conserve Species

University of Guelph researchers have pinpointed the North American birthplaces of migratory monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico, vital information that will help conserve the dwindling species.

The researchers analyzed “chemical fingerprints” in the wings of butterflies collected as far back as the mid-1970s to learn where monarchs migrate within North America each autumn.

FULL story: http://news.uoguelph.ca/2017/01/u-g-researchers-identify-monarch-butterfly-birthplaces-help-conserve-species/

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