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Yarn and Coffee: March… One more ball

If we were having coffee I’d be telling you of my trips to the yarn aisle.

Would you like something to nibble with your coffee (or tea) as we chat?

Last month I was consumed with my son’s blanket (the C2C Jack Skellington) I expected to have to purchase more yarn as I went along since I was just following an idea vs a pattern.

In March both my projects took more yarn than the patterns called for. I made what I call the Sherbert and Cream blanket. I followed a pattern but the different yarn/ hook turned a 70cm blanket into a 120 cm long blanket!

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The shawl I’m not quite done yet is a similar story. My problem there was I bought the last two balls from the store. When I went back there were Clearance stickers 😦 So off to the internet.

yarn order

Now I not so patiently wait. I decided I could make a prettier shawl than I could find in the store for an event that I’m attending in a few weeks. Thankfully I was only two rows and the edging short. I’m worried that I’ll be up late the night before furiously crocheting!

I’m using Vanna’s Glamour Yarn (Sapphire) It’s very difficult to take a  photo of!! None of the shots that I took of the balls of yarn worked. I don’t think I’ll be adding this yarn to the weekly Wooly Wednesdays photos. In various light, it appears to be such different shades of blue. The shimmer in this yarn is perfect but oh so hard to do justice when I take a photo.

How was your month? What projects did you finish? Or perhaps you started a few?

 

 

Sherbet and whip cream blanket

This blanket was such a joy to work on. The days just before spring brought more snow and were generally dreary. The soft texture of the yarn and the sublime, bright, spring colours just made me happy.  They’re such delicious colours that I think of this blanket as ‘Sherbet and Whip Cream’ instead of what the author has named it. (Rainbow Ruffle)

it did take me longer to make than I anticipated but I didn’t mind.  It’s warm and soft!

I found the pattern a little distracting to read but the photos were helpful. The author suggested that any color order would work but since this blanket was requested I made it with the color order as found on the pattern page.

 

Pattern: Rainbow Ruffle Blanket by Dada’s Place

Variation on pattern for my Ruffle Blanket Sherbet and Whip Cream Blanket:

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton yarn. {Pale Yellow, Hot Blue, Hot Orange, Hot Pink, Soft Violet and White.} I found with this yarn, I needed to go back and purchase extra yarn. (one more ball of each colour) I need much more white. It would have been best to purchase one of the big balls of Bernat Handicraft vs the many small balls for this project.

The yarn recommends a 5mm hook for this project I used a 4.5 mm

I had 91 stitches across which measured approx 80 cm. When I finished the blanket (following the colour order in the pattern) the blanket was 126 cm long.

 

Footless Sandals

A friend of mine saw crocheted footless sandals on Pinterest and asked if I’d make her some. She sent me a variety of ones that she liked and I used them as inspiration to create a couple for her.  I should have written something down .. some kind of ‘pattern’ because she liked them enough to suggest I make them for other people.

I’m heading out on a mini vacation soon. I’ll bring my photos and yarn to try and remember what I did! 😉

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Teacher gifts ~ Pencil Flowers

A little while ago while wandering through Pinterest I found Petal Pens (a crochet project)

Well, the end of the school year is fast approaching so I starting making them. I bought thicker yarn than the pattern calls for, used a smaller hook than the yarn suggests, made some minor (stitch count) alterations to the original pattern and voila!   {Tip: I found having a pen or pencil inserted made doing the stems much easier. }

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Pattern: Spring Granny Square

Please be patient.. This is my very first attempt at writing down a pattern.  I often take inspiration from others work. I will like how they started a square and how someone else finished theirs. So I’ll just mesh them together.

I wrote this more or less as I say it in my head. (sorry) So there is few short forms.  I’ve added photos to the bits I’m not sure that I explained well. Please .. all feedback will be most welcome.

Spring Green Granny by LavendarLadi

Edit (Feb 10 2014) round three & five

ch = chain

Round ONE
cast on, chain 5, join with slip stitch

Round TWO

ch 3

make 11 double stitches

join with slip stitch

Round THREE

Makfinishing puff stitching 12 ‘three strand’ puff stitches

connect with previous round between stitches (not in stitch)

ch 2

start double stitch leave on hook

start second double stitch leave on hook

pull through all three loops on hook, puff one done

ch 1

for next 11 puffs

* start double stitch leave on hook

start second double stitch leave on hook

start third double stitch leave on hook

pull through all four loops on hook, puff done

ch 1

repeat from * for total of 12 puffs

join with slip stitch

ROUND FOUR

> work all clusters in between previous puff stitches

cluster round

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

first cluster done

* double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

[repeat from  * 10 more times..makes 12 clusters in total]

Round FIVE

adding edge/ corners to the circle

First two clusters are corner: place in same space (see photo below)

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

(corner done)

ch 2 (skipping over below cluster, work this rounds into space beside below cluster)

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

ch 2

corner(working corner..next two clusters in same space)

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

ch 2

double stitch

double stitch

double stitch

(corner done)

ch 2

REPEAT for next three sides / two corners

You’ll arrive at last corner where you started.

join with slip stitch.

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Spring Green

It’s been a long winter. I’ve kept busy with lots of projects, mostly baby blankets!

The blanket that I started today makes me happy. I always love when I get to make a blanket from colours and yarn that I like.

Green Hellebore
Green Hellebore

The circle / granny ‘square’ I choose reminds me of a flower.

I love that shades of green and the Bernat Cotton yarn .

Here’s the first square =)  spring green square one

A yarn sale started it…

Patchwork Ponderings

I love creating blankets and scarves. I love picking out the stitches and what colour yarn I want. I love the possibilities.

Pile of Possiblities

Then to tip my excitement over there are days like today…. A SALE and A COUPON for exactly what I want.  I was like a kid in the candy store being told I could buy my fill.

I was so excited because I have 4/5 projects to do by Christmas.  I get to make a couple scarves, a ‘big sister’ blanket (so she doesn’t feel left out), and a baby blanket with matching dolly blanket (so big sister can keep her dolly warm).

I’m especially thrilled about this baby blanket because I can make it in delicate baby PINK. I’ve made so many blue or neutral blankets, I’ve been dying to make a little pink one.

I looked through Pintrest ’til I found a pattern that called to…

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