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#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

different-hooks

Can’t love what you’re making? Love who you’re making it for.

A friend asked me to make a hat set for her daughter and her daughters elves. I told her that I have yet to make a hat ‘successfully’. But she had faith that I could create something that she would like.

After many tries with various patterns, I finally ran out of time and had to give her my last attempt.

The hardest part is she had a hat in mind that didn’t have a pattern. So I now had to figure out how to make a hat and find a pattern that was close to what she wanted. I don’t think I succeed but she’s kind and said it was lovely. It was so much bigger than I imagined. My daughter says that because I’m not used to slouch hats.    20151124_100129

This project really hit home for me why I crochet. It’s the creative process that I enjoy. I like the colours and textures. I like figuring out the patterns.  It’s the joy of making it.

Having to make something that was picked by someone else by a specific time was work. I don’t think I could have finished this project if it wasn’t for someone I really liked. ( I was excited to find a project to use these adorable button with!!)

She asked for a slouch hat, a scarf and mittens plus matching hats/scarves for her daughter’s elves.

The rest of her order worked up well. I had fun creating tech covers. And I loved the yarn and pattern for the toddler/infant sets. Overall I was excited to create projects for this friend and was honoured that she asked me to make these for her. I hope her daughter enjoys them!

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The pattern for the slouch hat was easy to follow. You can find it at Cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com.au

The infant/toddler set’s patterns can be found in the post linked above.

The pattern that I used to make the scarf can be found at ravelry.com/patterns/library/no-holes-baby-blanket

I made some slight changes to the mitten pattern found at redheart.com/free-patterns/crochet-mittens-all

For the mittens: I shortened the cuff by a few stitches and did 20 rows for the cuff. Which meant 20 stitches for the round that creates the hand part. From their I followed the pattern for child (adjusting for the extra stitches.) I did this because the child’s size is too small and the woman’s is too big for a 10 yrs old girl.

Scalloped Baby/Toddle Hat/ Mitten set

Scalloped set Infant size
Scalloped set Infant size

I saw this cute pattern posted on Red Heart‘s Facebook feed  when I shared it, my friend asked me to make a couple sets for her to give as Christmas gifts.

The pattern was a little different from what I’m used to. I think the last bit of each line is a summary. I also found the directions for the assembly / attaching of the flower were a little vague.

I added thumbs for the toddle size (at the 5th row) since I think at that age they will feel more comfortable. I used the Red Heart Soft yarn as recommended but had to use Red Heart Super Saver yarn for the light pink. (Wish my store had the light pink in Soft.)  Overall it turns out to be an adorable set.

Scalloped set Toddler size

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.

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. }

pencil flowers

Fall crochet projects finished…almost

Patchwork Ponderings

What I love about a creative process is that you can start off with an idea, some materials and time, then end up with something different than you imagined.  That’s the wonderful thing about imagination …it wanders.

“Not all those who wander are lost.”  J.R.Tolkin

These projects were close to what I had envisioned but not quite.

I like the swirly scarves and the colours. I wasn’t thrilled that I couldn’t find the colours I wanted in a texture that I loved. And now, errrr… one of two scarves done. The other colour seems to have less in the balls of yarn because I’ve come up short and had to unravel (sigh) the whole thing.  If I’m not too mad at the whole thing I’ll post photos another day.

On to happier projects.

I love the texture for the “big sister” blanket.  And the colour make me think of purple…

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A yarn sale started it…

Patchwork Ponderings

I love creating blankets and scarves. I love picking out the stitches and what colour yarn I want. I love the possibilities.

Pile of Possiblities

Then to tip my excitement over there are days like today…. A SALE and A COUPON for exactly what I want.  I was like a kid in the candy store being told I could buy my fill.

I was so excited because I have 4/5 projects to do by Christmas.  I get to make a couple scarves, a ‘big sister’ blanket (so she doesn’t feel left out), and a baby blanket with matching dolly blanket (so big sister can keep her dolly warm).

I’m especially thrilled about this baby blanket because I can make it in delicate baby PINK. I’ve made so many blue or neutral blankets, I’ve been dying to make a little pink one.

I looked through Pintrest ’til I found a pattern that called to…

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