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Wooly Wednesday ~ Just love this orange

This yarn was donated to me. I don’t know what brand it is but like the other yarns from Wooly Wednesday…it’s in my stash.

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It was going to be thrown out because the label had been lost. (GASP! Throw out yarn?! shudder) It’s lovely and soft. I’ve made a few scarves and headbands out of it.

Hope your day includes some yarn art!

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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 ūüė¶ So off to the internet.

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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.

 

(rebloged post) Have You Heard of Stitch Fiddle?

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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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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 ūüėČ

 

Jack Skellington ~ C2C Blanket

Whew! I finished it in time! It took me most of my free time over the past 7 weeks. This Jack Skellington blanket is a gift for our son who is turning 16 very soon!

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I’m so glad that the inspiration to use the Corner to Corner pattern/stitch came to me because it was perfect for this project. ¬†I don’t think I would have finished in time for my son’s birthday if I had done a traditional row by row pattern. ¬†I wrote last month about making this pattern for the Jack blanket. For the edge; a straight stitch didn’t seem to go with the theme so I alternated between a single and a double stitch. It created a kind-of wonky, off beat edge.20170224_143902

Simply Soft by Caron¬†was picked for the blanket because of the texture. I think if the¬†texture wasn’t so important, I would have liked a ‘sturdier’ yarn for this big of a project. ¬†Yet it is hard to feel any regret about my yarn choice. Caron’s Simply Soft is such a pleasure to hold for this many hours!

I’m often asked how long it takes to make. ¬†I didn’t keep track of exactly how long it took me; I estimate that I was crocheting for around 70 hours. I also didn’t note how many balls of yarn I used! ¬†(guess-timate¬†5 or 6 white and 2 or 3 black). ¬†I do know that as with all my,¬†blankets the spaces between the stitches¬†are filled with love.

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Do I wait ’til his birthday to give it to him or shall I let him watch t.v. with it tonight?

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This blanket was inspired by Tim Burton’s movie.

Love this yarn !! – A Quick Caron Cakes Review

I can’t remember where I first read about this yarn but when I found it at my local Michaels I was thrilled.

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It works as beautifully as promised and the texture is wonderful !!! So soft and inviting.

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I am a little behind on my posting. I made this scarf when I purchased my first ball of this delicious yarn Fall 2016.

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I have several other projects on the go; one of which I have a deadline for so I must be strong. I want to go buy lots more of this yarn and just create. I don’t know what yet but the yarn is such a pleasure to work with that I just look forward to having it in my hands and on my hook!

It is a special yarn available¬†only at Michaels. I’m hoping they continue this yarn and offer it everywhere. Just in case I may have to go buy a few balls for future projects. I am kicking myself for not doing that when it was on special last month!!

#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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