Off my hook in 2018

2018 was a good year; a busy one with a new schedule but enough time to create a few projects.

I’m always excited to create blankets and wee hats for babies! I love the waffle stitch and used it for a few projects because it’s so simple yet it has such an impact. And I adore the classic chevron it just called to me when deciding how to use those oh so soft yarns.

I only made a few but love the amigurumi that I tried this year. Both patterns are from the same designer. A friend loved my little sleeping bunny so much she asked that I make twin bunnies for her. I’ll share more about the Abominable Snowman later. I was pleased with how he turned out but I did have to substitute a different yarn. Kudos to Spin-a-Yarn for her incredible perseverance in using the pipsqueak yarn!!

And naturally I had to make a few scarves! the off white set is sooooo fluffy it’s like having a cloud wrapped around you. The dragonfly scarf is also very soft and currently my only (how did that happen?) #wip !!

I’m very pleased to say I finally finished my sidewalk shawl. So much so that I’ve actually decided to model it to show here!

 

I’ve also made my first cardigan but the photos are hiding! It took me a while to work up the nerve to make something to wear. Since my weight loss journey was near it’s end I decided I could invest some time into a big project. I’ll just have to take some more photos and make a whole new post!

My last big project of the year was a table runner for my sister. She and her hubby go all out decorating their house for Halloween and they LOVE Disney! So when I saw this pattern I altered it a wee bit to add the hidden Mickey ❤

What is ahead for 2019?

Humm, I’ll finish my dragonfly scarf and make a few more because I love my growing collection of scarves ❤

I’ve had some black and red yarn and an idea about creating a Mickey blanket for years now. Perhaps this is the year to finally pick a design? I’ve seen a few C2C patterns that just might work!

I wish you kindness and creativity for 2019!

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Saturday Stitch Library: Crochet Braid

I found the Pulled Taffy Blanket by Marly Bird / Red Heart Crochet and at first, I thought it would be too confusing to make. The pattern wasn’t making sense as I read it. I looked for one of Marly’s video tutorials but have yet to find one for this blanket/stitch.

Below is a video for the stitch. The yarn artist appears to be a little new to making videos but it cleared up the ‘how to’ for me.

 

A Halloween table runner and the scary hook!

While looking for something to make my sister for her birthday I found a pattern for a Halloween themed table runner.  Eeeek… it calls for crochet thread and a teeny little hook. I’ve always been a bit afraid of these types of projects. (did I mention the hook is really little?)

But she loves decorating for Halloween and I love her. As you can tell… part of this project requires black thread!

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It felt a little odd at first holding such a small hook and manipulating the crochet thread but… guess what?! It wasn’t as bad as I feared. Actually using the hook and thread was fine. Keeping track of how many ‘open’ and how many closed squares turned out to be trick in this treat of a gift! (There was quite a bit of frog’n !!)

The Stacked Pumpkin Table Runner pattern can be downloaded at the Red Heart site (here) It called for 2 balls of Classic Crochet Thread size 10 Pumpkin and one size 12 ball of Black. I found that I needed 3 balls (2 plus some) of the Pumpkin colour.

My sister and I are big Disney fans so I decided to modify the pattern a little. When I mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party_full_25199printed off (and enlarged) the graph I simply filled in a few extra spaces to form “Mickey ears” on the top pumpkin.

 

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Another modification that I did was to the border. I was tight for time and decided to just add to the checkboard edge with a scallop finish to the ends vs the tassels.

 

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October ~ Tea & Yarn

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October has been another month where a baby blanket has interrupted 😉  my Christmas projects but I’m happy to say one of the Christmas projects are done!

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I modified the Snowman Cup Cozy by Yarn Artist to include a hat!

With black yarn I added three rows (after I had finished the white body) using the front loop only to encourage the rows to roll forward. I also added a couple stitches to help the hat fit and roll. [The hat has three rows of 28 sc (front loop only). ] I also shortened the nose. I had some chunky orange in my stash so most of my snowmen have noses that are only 4 stitches long. { ch 4, slip stitch in 2nd, hdc in next, dc in last, finish. leave long tail for sewing }

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October brought another quick project (two actually but I’ve only started one!) Another lady at work is expecting so I’m making her a baby blanket. I’m using Red Heart Soft in grey and lilac to coordinate with baby’s room. The room is also going to have a Star Wars theme so I’ll make baby and her big sister lightsabers! Babies will be made with all cotton (absorbs teething drool) and big sisters will be made with some of the yarn in my stash.

I found this pattern for inspiration on Ravelry.

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Light Saber
by Alli Hartley

 

I promised myself that I wouldn’t start the lightsabers until I get at least one more of my Christmas gift list done!

How’s your #WIP coming along this month?

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Only two years behind

I’ve been wanting to make this blanket that I saw at Attic 24’s blog for about two years now!  I had thought about it first in 2014.  However this, that and other projects came up and I didn’t make it. Today while shopping with my sister and Aunt we just happened to go into the craft store when there was a yarn sale.  LOL This wouldn’t be the first time that a yarn sale got me in trouble!

My hubby, while understanding that I rarely make something for myself did find it necessary to mention the rest of my yarn. Not understanding that I didn’t have the right colours!

But back to the yarn sale… I wasn’t planning on purchasing yarn today but well… it was on sale and I don’t have any other projects to do.  I didn’t have my list of colours that I had planned to use so I just winged it. I matched moods to the colours I purchased.

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I decided to use Red Heart SuperSaver yarn because I like it and it fits my budget better. Not as soft as I hoped but soft enough 🙂

Coffee = Angry

Dark Orchid = Happy

Burgundy = Moody

Aran = Sick/Tired

Light Periwinkle = Creative

Soft Navy = Stressed

Tea Leaf = Relaxed/Content

Lemon = Preoccupied

Carrot = Loving/Grateful

Charcoal = Sad

Mood Blanket Colours

Now to decide which granny square I’m going to use for the blanket!!