Pondering Projects for 2018

I want to start the year by finishing the works in progress. Considering how long some of them have been set aside I could almost call them new projects!

I have to finish the baby blanket, baby’s first lightsaber, and big sister’s lightsaber first. My co-worker’s little girl is due to arrive in February!!

soft gray stitchesThen I want to finish the Sidewalk Shawl for me ❤ Alongside that I want to figure out how to make my Mickey blanket. I’ve learned so much since I first decided that I wanted to make the blanket. I should be able to figure it out.

I shared with my WW group that I wanted to learn new stitches this year and discovered that there is a local crochet group I can join. I think I’ll ponder my Mickey blanket a bit then bring the idea to them See what some brainstorming can create!

I really do want to try something new. My general theme for 2018 is brave …to step out of my comfort zone. New crochet projects and stitches are my first step.

 

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Marly’s Granny Square Cardigan

Perhaps since I’m going to be at my healthy weight next winter I’ll invest in some fantastic yarn and make myself a cardigan???

 

 

I do have some ‘new’ projects that are on the “to make” list already. A friend has ordered them for next Christmas. I think that next Christmas I’m going to not make gifts. I’ll take orders… maybe even revive my Etsy Store?

I’ll see what the year brings! Early January is like a new ball of yarn… it’s full of possibilities!

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Caron Countdown

 

 

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Bumble Snowman

 

 

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November’s Yarn & Tea

Yumm, Sipping on some Sugar Cookie tea taking a break from decorating and crocheting to chat about my projects for the last month. It occurs to me that even with the long list of WIPs my hand hasn’t been hurting! For a while there I was starting to think about making those special baby blankets now because I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to crochet when I was blessed with grandbabies. I wonder what the difference is? I’ve lost a fair bit of weight/ changed how I eat… wonder if that is it?

Anyways… What was on your hook last month?

I’ve been working on hats this month. I’m excited about that because previous attempts didn’t work out. I’m enjoying the simple patterns that I’ve been using and that they work up so quickly. Partly because it’s nice to see a finished project but really it occurs to me that my nephews may lose the hats and since it didn’t take long to make I won’t be upset. LOL

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My son has been my model for these hats. He likes his hats snug but I’m not sure if his cousins will so for one hat I used the yarn’s recommended hook size and the other I used a size down. I did make the rounds two stitches shorter because the first hat was way too loose for a beanie. P_20171203_094135_vHDR_On.jpg

I’ve been using Red Heart Soft in Navy, Wine and Dark Leaf (sorry the colours in the photos don’t reflect this) The hat that was on the loose side I used a 5.5mm and the smaller one 5mm

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I’ve also been working on a Christmas scarf for me but it’s slow going because I had the brilliant idea to do thin-ish strips on a scarf. I’m torn about what to do when it’s long enough. The edges are not as smooth as I’d like so I could put an edge on to hide them but will that ruin the stripe effect?

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And then there are all the ends to weave in. If the yarn wasn’t so soft I may have abandoned this project. Or at least set it aside for next year. I’m going to finish it today.

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I’ll see how I feel when I get to “long enough” or the end of the balls. 😉

I only have a  two more hats to make for gifts. I may make scarves to go with the hats for my daughter and nephew’s girlfriend.

Plus we do a gift exchange game with all of our family. This year’s theme is homemade. The only tricky part is making something that everyone could use.

Perhaps I’ll make a bag holder?

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Cheers & Happy Holidays.

May all your WIP be finished on time and may

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Hats! I’ve made hats!

Funny the accomplishments that you’re excited about. 🙂 I’ve made infant/toddler hats successfully before but older children/ adults … not so much.

So I was very excited that my latest attempts worked! My first was a simple gray hat for

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my hubby. The pattern is super easy! I used Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie by Jenni Designs

Overall I find I crochet a little on the loose side, for this hat pattern. She includes a test pattern to check your gauge. Which is handy.

For my hubby, he picked Caron Simply Soft in Gray Heather. It makes a nice soft hat. This yarn is on the silky side for hats…. very floppy but he likes it. Even though the yarn isn’t chunky (it’s a medium/4) I found it worked well.P_20171122_090235_vHDR_On.jpg

I used the same pattern with a smaller hook (yarn recommends 5mm) for a second hat that fits slightly snugger. He finds it warmer.

I also used the Men’s Chunky Stripe Beanie pattern for this next hat. This time using Charisma by Loops & Threads in dark purple with black for accent. For this hat, I used the 8mm which is the recommended hook size. I find the hat very loose but my son says it’s ok, fit wise. I’m going to try a hook size down the next time. This yarn is described as bulky (5) so I thought that it would have worked better size wise.

 

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The other pattern that I used this month has more detail in its style. My daughter and nephew’s girlfriend will be getting these as gifts.

The Alpine Nights Beanie by Pattern Paradise has a slightly more advanced stitch (for beginners) but once you see how to do the fpdc / front post double chain (to make the waffle pattern) it’s another ‘quick to work up’ hat.

P_20171116_191922_vHDR_OnThe original pattern uses Caron Cakes but for this hat, I used the Caron Cupcakes, Strawberry Pie. This yarn is finer than the Caron Cakes. It’s a Light/3 weight yarn. It worked up very well and I had some yarn left over. I added the pompom that comes with this cute yarn but when we tried the hat on the pompom seemed too small.

 

This pattern has a companion pattern, the Alpine Nights Super Scarf. I’m loving the waffle pattern so I’m going to use it to complete the gifts.

I’m pondering making it into an infinity scarf. I’ll see what happens when I start it.

It’s nice to see results when crocheting. I usually make blankets, some of which I work on for months, so it’s very rewarding to see so many projects done in one month. Next weekend I’ll post about November’s projects in Yarn & Tea.

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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 😉

 

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A Hat .. simple as that.

For the longest time I only crocheted blankets. I slowly ventured into new stitches but stayed in my comfort zone. Then I took a tiny step sideways and made scarves. Then …then I was so brave. I made an infinity scarf and a head band.

I find myself with extra time these days and a willingness to try something different. So I tried making a hat.

My first attempt was comical. The photo is blurry because I was giggling too much.

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Lesson here is to always check the stitch.  A double stitch is NOT a half double crochet.  lol

My second attempt is ok. Turns out I don’t like the style and it’s too big for me.

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I did find out that they’re not hard at all to make! So next I’m adding mittens and finding another hat pattern.

I think hats and mittens will be my summer yarn busting project. That way the kids at the school I work at will always be warm when they ‘forgot’ their mittens and hat.

Here’s the pattern for the hat I tried, a Cloche Hat at Hopeful Honey My attempt did not do her hat justice. Please visit her blog to see what it should look like.