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Focus on the end bits (WordPress Photo Challenge)

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Snipping the end bits from a yarn project is the longest part of a project. You can see the finish line but you’re oh-so-far from it.

My Rainbow /Sherbert Blanket was one of my favourites, for many reasons, but mostly for the bright colours of the yarn. Even the bits that were snipped off and left in a pile were pretty.

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When I placed a glass cup coaster on top of one pile it caught my imagination. I do like how it’s out-of-focus, kind of dreamy, I can imagine what they yarn can turn into.

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That’s my favourite thing about yarn…. the possibilities. A few balls of yarn and a spark of imagination and you could create anything!

 

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.

 

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!

Yarn and Coffee Share… first week of August.

If we were having coffee my cup would be surrounded by yarn scraps, markers, paper and pencils.

This week I finished spirit wear scarves for my daughter and her spirit wearboyfriend. I’ve been working on that wrap, that’s in the school colours for my son’s football games. {I learned last year football games mysteriously bring about the cold winds and rain even when it was a beautiful Fall day.}

I’ve also decided on the blanket I’m going to make for my son’s 16th birthday. I found a pattern for Jack Skellington that I like. However it is a friendship bracelet pattern. So first I’ve had to scale it up so that it’s blanket size and determine how many stitches per square.

beginning of Jack PatternI have a back up plan just in case this didn’t translate well. I can make 2″ granny squares and sew them all together but since the blanket is for a 5′ 11″ boy I rather not sew that many squares !!

I’ve also started to make a few coffee cup cosies. So far just one for my daughter and a halloween-ish one. But I’ve seen a lot of other cute patterns. I like these types of projects. They make great stocking stuffers.

What’s in your basket of yarn art this week? Fall decor? Christmas gifts? Winter warmth?

 

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Special thanks to Part-Time Monster’s #WeekendCoffeeShare for inspiring this Yarn & Coffee Share.

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!!

 

A TARDIS for her

I grew up watching The Doctor.. Doctor Who ❤  So I was thrilled when my ‘baby’ girl became a Whovian.

Her 16th birthday was coming up and she didn’t know what she wanted so last summer I suggested that I could make her a TARDIS. Well three months later and a lot of blue Red Heart yarn…

TARDIS for her

I just need to add the words to the top and to the door panel.  I ran out of time for her birthday.  How did 16 sneak up so fast?

The pattern is here.  The only notes that I’d add to the wonderful pattern is:

For Row 115 onwards.. note how many total stitches per row. When I got to the light I found that the noted stitch count left my light off center. ( WHERE did I pick up those extra stitches?? )

 

March Break… time to relax and crochet

Ahhh… working two part time jobs means your rarely get a whole day, never mind 4 glorious days in a row off.  At first I was antsy.. I’m so used to having something to do at a certain time.

It was a lovely four days.

Rewatching The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey and Torchwood and Doctor Who. I PINNED, and blogged. I pondered my blog n crochetMickey blanket ..still don’t know how I want to design that one. I finished another infinity scarf and started another. I started another baby blanket..just one to have on hand. {I don’t know what’s in the water at one of my jobs but WOW I’ve made a lot of those lately!}  Decided on what pattern I wanted for a shawl / wrap for me. GASP yes, I’m making something for ME!  I went shopping with my sister and surprise made her wait while I pondered what yarn I wanted.

The only sad thing was the store we went to was the one with the smaller yarn selection. We didn’t have time to go to the larger one. Even there the colour selection isn’t want I want. I still haven’t purchased the yarn for my Mood Blanket. I think I’ll have to order on line to get all the colours I want. I’ve never done that before and I’m still a little leery of it.

Shawl / Wrap

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Crochet mood blanket 2014

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I love this idea!!!!! I have other projects on the go for others it will be nice to make me something.

(I first rebloged this post on my “everything” site. Here’s the comments from there)

UPDATE (1-10-2014) .. Red Heart Super Saver is my ‘go to’ yarn. So I went to their website and picked colours! Now I just have to get to the store. That may be a week or two since I just bought yarn for 3.. yes 3 more baby blankets!

My plan: Keep a journal of my 3 ‘biggest’ moods for each week and make a tri-colour granny square. (simular to the original poster) but I think I’ll leave the style up to my mood each time I make one.

I’ll have to play catch up when I get the yarn but.. I really love this idea!!

Off to ponder my current projects!

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And now some current thoughts…. [ Jan 29 2014 ]

I decided on these colours.  Did I mention I love Zulupoom’s idea of three colours and one square a week?  ❤

Relaxed   .. Green (Medium Thyme)

Stressed  .. Royal Blue

Motivated / Creative  .. Orange (Pumpkin)

Happy  .. Lavender

Low / tired  .. Light grey

Sick  .. Buff

Moody / Angry  .. Hot Red

Loving / Proud  .. Purple

Preoccupied  .. Yellow (Cornmeal)

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One of my (many) planned crochet projects this year is the Crochet Mood Blanket 2014.  It all started as a plan by Mummy Stacey another Instagram user.

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Basically you have to crochet either a granny square a day or a granny square a week,  but in the colour matching your mood!
I’ve decided to use a size 4 hook & my favourite yarn; rico creative cotton aran rico baby classic dk (chosen instead of cotton due to the amount of aran it took to crochet just one square…over 1/2 ball of it! It would have been one costly blanket!) , in the following shades to match my moods:
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My border colour and my colour to join them all together will be the same yarn in ecru:
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I have searched &  searched for a granny square that I really loved but ended up going back to square one (sorry about…

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