Oh oh… I think my yarn stash is about to expand.

Oh no! I think I could be in trouble soon. One of my favourite yarns has added some new variations! Dare I go out to my local store to see if we have them?

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Photo from Repeat Crafter Me.  Click here to read more about the new varieties of Caron Cakes.

I was (see I said was..I’ve already purchased them in my head) … I was trying to not expand my yarn stash. I was trying to not buy yarn without a specific project in mind.

But have you tried the Caron Cakes? I love the texture and colours. I’m sure I’ll love the new variations. And OMG isn’t the Cupcake cute?!?!

Now I just have to figure out where I’m going to put these beauties!

My daughter does leave for university soon. She won’t notice if I start transforming her room into my crafting room… right?

 

More photos /info

http://www.bhookedcrochet.com/2017/08/22/caron-cake-shop/

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I caught a blue fish on my hook!

 

P_20170807_090051-01This is a great pattern by Kate Wood. Cookies (named because of his bowl) turned out beautifully!! The Fancy Goldfish is a free pattern that you can download via Ravelry.

I was looking for a smaller fish but this one is so adorable I just bought a new bowl for him to live in. The shape and size of this “cookie jar” works.  I just added a few water-blue marbles and this funky pipe cleaner and volia! a home for the blue fish.

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When my daughter went to university last year we had a good laugh about the rule regarding pets. No pets were allowed except “non-dangerous fish”.  Our first thought was, “Why did they have to make that specific of a rule? Did someone bring a pet jelly fish one year?”

Here we are a year later and I finally got around to creating her pet ‘non-dangerous’ fish.

I love how the different light changed the shade of blue.

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I enjoyed working with this thread. It’s so soft. Unfortunately,  I don’t remember the details about this crochet thread. It’s from my stash.

The plan was to use all four of these to make a school of fish but my daughter doesn’t have room for a full tank of crochet fish!

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Via my Facebook page, I take custom orders for projects. For this fish, I will be accepting limited orders. The cost is a minimum $10 donation to your local Humane Society / SPCA.

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Just Keep Swimming!

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Wee Crochet Gifts ~ Pattern Collection

As any crafter knows in August we’re well into the time where you have to make decisions and start making your Christmas gifts.

I’ve been looking for a few little crochet gifts to share with co-workers and as gift toppers. Here are a few ideas that I’ve collected. I’m looking forward to trying them out. {I’ll post as I finish a project!}

I’d love to see your suggestions! The more the merrier!  


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When I followed the link (via Pinterest) to Savvy Nana’s site,  I was delighted to find a pattern and that she has patterns for other cute little things such as Crochet Jute Twine Basket.

 

 

 

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These adorable little stocking from Sewrella look perfect to share. I think I’ll put little candy canes in them and use them as gift toppers!

Or maybe just a little something to add to Christmas cards?

 

 

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And who doesn’t enjoy a warm beverage during the holidays? I think this may be a good gift idea for those who walk their little ones to school each day or even the teachers who have morning yard duty!

This cup cozy by Yarn Artists looks like fun to make.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I adore this border. I first saw it when Repeat Crafter Me shared her Gingerbread House advent calendar.

The stitch is simple yet it’s an impactful border.

Instructions for the candy cane border can be found here.

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of adding the candy cane border to a washcloth or cup coasters or even a cup cosy for the holidays.

 

 

Another quick and easy gift idea are drink coasters. From a simple round to a tea cup shape they whip up easily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I could go on and on collecting patterns and ideas for yarn art gifts but I’ll have to stop or I won’t have time to create!  One of the many things that I love about crochet is the possibilities. A few balls of yarn, a hook and my imagination and I can create beautiful yarn art!

 

 

Yarn & Tea: July ~ Time flies when you are crocheting. Part 2

I know why July flew by! I was busy and as the saying goes.. “time flies when your crocheting”. That is how it goes? Isn’t it? 😉

I was concerned that your tea (or coffee or wine) needed refreshing so I made July’s wrap up into two posts. {Part One can be read here.} So now that we’ve refreshed our mugs (or glass) here I go..

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In July I have also picked up the  Sidewalk shawl that I haven’t worked on in some time. It requires me to pay attention to the pattern. I usually make projects that don’t have changes to the pattern for each row.

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While I’m enjoying the pattern I find that I can’t work this project when my darling family is around. After all these years they still have not caught on that counting louder means I’m trying to ignore you / I’m focusing on this.

Talking about having to pay attention…

I saw this adorable zebra pattern at Repeat Crafter Me. When I posted it to my Facebook page someone requested that I make one.  It’s a lovely pattern, very straight forward with obvious colour changes. (I’ll write more when I’m done.) This will be my second amigurumi 🙂 I’m still undecided if I’ll make more. As I posted on Instagram, some focus is needed because the neighbours will wonder what the yell of frustration is all about.20170726_173829

Among other things on my social media and blogs I played with a new header and title for my Facebook page. It was originally started just for the pieces of yarn art that I sell but now I post a variety of crochet ‘stuff’ including blog posts from here. So.. it needed an update.

Perhaps I should tackle a few jobs around the house now that I’ve spent half of summer working on my crafts?

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Whew! Now to get back to my PHD (projects half done) I seem to have started several again! Oooops.

How are your projects coming along? Did you finish a few? Start one or two?

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#YarnandTea (formally #YarnandCoffee) July ~ Time flies when you’re crocheting. Part 1

I’ve been updating my social media and blogs this month. Part of that is updating the title to this monthly post.

I started this monthly summary post and fell into some social pressure when I named it Yarn and Coffee. I don’t drink coffee unless it’s a fancy decaf dessert coffee. I’m a tea drinker. Since this post was intended to invite others to link and/or comment I thought I’d put coffee in the title.

“Having coffee” means getting together to chat; the beverage is usually optional. I waskeep-calm-its-all-about-me-7-18k52l7-257x300 inspired by #WeeklyCoffeeShare. I do enjoy the comments and hearing from you {please, please do continue!!!!} but I’m finding this monthly post is a lot about me. So….

The title is changing to my preferred hot beverage. 😉

 


What a busy month! July started with a bang! Lots of fireworks and celebrations for Canada Day. This year was a big one for us it’s our 150th.

P_20170717_101250We also celebrated some family time. We went camping at Rock Point Provincial Park. Camping with teens who love to read makes for a very calm and relaxing weekend. With lots of time to crochet.

I will have to bring a different chair or some other pillows for our next trip. I had a very difficult time getting comfortable in my new chair. The arms are too high and the back isn’t straight enough.

While camping I started one shawl. Just a simple C2C with yarn that’s been in my stash for ages. The other is also a C2C shawl. I know she will love the colours in Caron Cakes Funfetti so it’s going to be a Christmas present for her (shhh)

When we came back from camping, someone had messaged me on Facebook asking for more detailed instructions to the Jack Skellington blanket that I made this past winter. I more or less made my own “pattern” up so I wrote out directions for my Jack Skellington blanket and posted them. The lady wants to make a Jack blanket for her son before he’s deployed. I can’t wait to see photos of how it turns out!!!!

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It’s been such a busy month that this post was rambling on so I’ve broken it into two parts. July’s Yarn and Tea Part 2 is coming soon.

What have you been up to? Has summer given you more time to create lots of yarn art?

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