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Projects from this Week

First thing I made this week was an owl for my son. He named it Oscar.

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Next thing I made was a quick shamrock pin for today.

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My next project is a big blue owl, and I plan to use the Big Snowy Owl pattern from the Purl Bee website.

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Finished Ruffle Scarf

I’ve finished my crocheted ruffle scarf made from Country Loom Yarn in Landscape. The yarn is from Michael’s and is made of 100% acrylic.  Landscape is a blend of blues, and dark and light browns. The yarn is heavy, so I probably wouldn’t make a throw or a bulky sweater, but it’s fine for an accessory.

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I have four more skeins of this yarn, which means I will be doing a lot of research tonight looking for some inspiration.

I also plan on searching for a nice hat pattern to make this weekend. This morning my son and I walked to school and to our surprise it was extremely windy! I had to hold my son close so his little 40 pound self wouldn’t topple over and fall in the street. Then of course today was the day I thought the weather was nice enough for a thin sweater and nothing else, and it would have been great if not for that wretched wind. A few hours later when it was time to walk back to pick him up I discovered that I do not own a beanie that can stay on in such strong winds.

So now I am off to ravelry to find some inspiration. I may also check out Pinterest, I’ve read a few things about it on craft blogs and twitter. I will post if I find the site useful. Until tomorrow…

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Writing a Ruffled Scarf Pattern

This Christmas I received a big bag of chunky yarn from my brother. I loved the gift, but it left me with five skeins of Country Loom Yarn in 5 different colorways. So what’s a girl to do?

My first idea was to make something funky that I hadn’t made before, a scarf with ruffles! I spent a few hours looking at some available patterns online, but nothing seemed right. Either the amount of yarn was wrong, or the swatch was way too dense for a scarf that should look like it’s flowing.

I noticed a few similarities in the pattern repeats of crocheted ruffle scarfs, and with a size N hook I started making a practice scarf. I was hoping the yarn would be enough to get at least three rows of the scarf  if I used double crochets got each row. After about an hour of crocheting I found myself unraveling the stupid thing.

After a few deep breaths I pulled out a crochet magazine and looked up the treble crochet. It’s a taller stitch, but I’m not sure how much more yarn I’d need to get all three rows for the scarf. So far it looks like the scarf will have two rows, definitely. I am still not sure if the yarn will be enough for the third row. The treble stitches are adding about half an inch of width, so if the scarf ends up being only two rows it will be about 4 inches wide.

I haven’t taken pics of this scarf, buy here’s another cowl I designed last month. The teacher I made it for asked for something gold and warm. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Gold, and used a simple stitch pattern.

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Showing the little guys love

So I am really showing the little men in my life some love right now.   I finished my new nephew’s blanket a few days ago.  He isn’t due til the end of July, so technically I will be giving the blanket to my SIL.  I used a basic granny square pattern and changed the colors every once in a while.  I wanted to use Red Heart Soft Yarn, since I already had a ball of it in Avocado.  Since it was a pretty unique color I had, I wanted the other colors to be unique, too, so I got teal and grape.  I think of it as a modern baby blanket, since it isn’t made with lighter colors, like baby blue and mint green.  I had a hard time taking a good pic, since the yarn tends to shine when I use the flash on the camera.  I hope the pics are decent.

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baby blanket left leaning

This is the yarn I had left over from the three original balls.  I am going to use them in a fair isle hat I plan to make for myself.  I am not going to make it until I finish my garter yoke cardigan.  I want to use the leftover yarn from that project as a base color for the fair isle hat. 

baby blanket yarn left overs

My mom gave me two balls of Scarlet Red Caron Natura Yarn, and I had no idea what to do with it.  It is a little bright for a scarf and hat set, atleast for my skin tone.  I imagine that it will make my skin look orange. 

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So I decided to crochet a toy for Peanut, a big red ball.  He loved it, expecially since he didn’t see me make it.  My husband has requested that I make a bunch of these balls in different colors.  He has also asked that I make a soccer ball.  I have a lot of black and white yarn, but I don’t think I have a lot of patience to make the kind of soccer ball he wants. 

I have also started making some cable socks from my Sarah Dallas Knitting book, but I have not taken any pics of them yet.  Today is laundry day, so I probably won’t be able to work on them today.  I might get some pictures up by the end of the week.

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Meet Baby the Penguin!

It has been so long since I picked up a hook!  I think that the last time I crocheted something was when I made a Winnie the Pooh dishcloth.  I had a lot of yarn left over from the Nemo hat, and I wanted to make something for Peanut, so I made a penguin.  The penguin pattern is from the Lion Brand website, and it’s very easy.  Essentially it is a bunch of circles and one ball.  As I was making it Peanut was amazed that it was becoming a penguin.  I began the penguin yesterday night, and finished it this morning.  Here are some pics.

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We have finally gotten some rain here, and I thought it would be fun to play with my camera effects and take pictures of the storm clouds coming in on Friday.  I think it has rained on and off each day since then.  😀

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Frogging Everything

So lately I just have not been happy with any patterns out there.  I have attepmted to knit three or four tanks this last week and I absolutely hated them all.  I would knit about half of it and realize that I didn’t like the pattern.  I even designed my own pattern, which was very pretty, but the yarn I was using wasn’t right for the design.  I wrote down the pattern and unraveled the tank.  I think I am just going to work on the afghan for now.  Atleast I know what it is going to look like in the end.  Maybe I will just do some hats or something.  I can start making hat and scarve sets now and just save them for the winter.  I know that it’s far away, but what else am I supposed to knit?  It’s going to get too hot here to wear anything knitted, even if it’s made of cotton.

 

Oh, I finished the decepticon square.  I borrowed a free chart on ravelry and adjusted it to the size I wanted.  Here are the two squares next to each other. 

 

Also, I have been growing some beans in a bottle of water for peanut.  The beans sprouted roots after a day and a half.   Today, Anthony planted the beans outside for me.  I hope they grow quickly.  The weatherman was expecting a frost last night so I waited til today to plant them.  I had asked Anthony to plant them as a joke, but then he actually did it.  I love him.  🙂  I will take pics of the beans if they grow.  If not, I will be sad.

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Hats Hats and More Hats

Last Year I made a lot of hats!  Let’s see, I made myself a striped watchman cap, a cabled newsboy cap, and a crocheted cloche.  I also made a cabled newsboy cap for my mother, but I gave it to her before I got to take a picture of it.  I made Peanut, my son, two hats, one with a garter brim and the other with a ribbed brim.  Okay, I think that is all the hats I made.  Here are some pics…

 

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