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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?

Mittens for Lions

Often the younger kids at the school I work at forget /loose a mitten or two.Mittens and yarn

Just as often they only have one pair of thin gloves that just don’t dry out by second recess. So I’m using my odd balls of yarn to make mittens (and some scarves).

 

little scarves

Our mascot is the Lion. I’m making mittens to keep those little paws warm!

I found a nice basic pattern that I’ve used as inspiration.  The kids I’m making mittens for are 7 – 10 yrs, so in the pattern the children’s is too small and the ladies is too big.  I have small hands so I’ve been just using my hand as a measurement and …well… eye balling it from there.  What I really liked about this pattern was the idea of a longer cuff. Playing in the snow is much more fun when your mitten is securely tucked in your sleeve and no snow gets in.

Regardless of what pattern you use I highly recommend a stitch marker!! You can buy them or use a safety pin or even a contrasting piece of yarn.  (mine is near the  !  in the photo below)long cuff

At the moment I only had this light blue one. It would have been better with a different colour for this mitten.  I only had that one left 😦  they are like bobby pins  and socks…. they mysteriously disappear!

Something snuggly

This spring I found myself with a lot of extra time on my hands so…

I decided to make some baby blankets to sell. This is all very new and a little strange for me. At first I found it difficult to make something without someone in mind. (I really do put love into my projects!!)

I also didn’t care for the pattern at first. My family liked it and coaxed me to keep going. Now that I have two done in the basket weave stitch (as I call it) I found I really do like it.

I found my inspiration on Pinterest (I LOVE that site!!) It’s a free pattern by Tamara of Moogly Blog

I had another blanket that I started for someone I worked with but lost touch with. 😦 I took inspiration from her colours of Sunshine Yellow and Elephant Grey. Grey is such a trendy colour in nurseries lately.

So now I have blankets in a neutral, a traditional girl and a traditional boy colour sets. The blue and pink are made with Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly yarn. The yellow is made with Red Heart Super Saver.

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I finally worked up the nerve to put them up for sale.(And on my crochet/craft site: Ailanthus Knots)  I started on the local Kijiji site. I’m not sure what I’m most nervous about.. actually selling them or letting some stranger take one of my blankets.

Working up the nerve..

I’ve had several friends tell me that I should sell some of the things I make. So I’ve made three baby blankets and I’m working on some Christmas gifts / scarves.

Now I just have to get up the nerve to put my blankets out there for sale.  I’m not sure if I’m more scared that no one will want them or that if someone will buy and like them.

I started a blog with the name I want to use. I’ve read blog posts, magazine articals and “how to tips”.

gulp..

Here’s a peek.

Edit: I did it!! Here’s my post on my other crochet / craft blog, Ailanthus Knots.

And a scarf for me!

The holidays are done and packed away. It’s time to make a new scarf or two for me!

When I was Christmas shopping I found two beautiful yarns so I WP_20150120_12_35_35_Prodecided to make two scarves for my collection this year! The one that I’m showing in this post is a Red Heart Yarn called Earth & Sky.

I saw a few similar scarves on Pinterest. I really liked the tassel / fun of the design.

I decided to make it two long rows of double stitch for the ‘base’. Then for the tassel part I made the start of each single stitch strand at one stitch (of the base) then ended the strand at the stitch next to it. To finish off the ‘base’ (opposite side to the tassels)  I made a row of puff stitches for texture.

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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?? )

 

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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