Category Archives: Crochet
A good friend of mine moved into her first apartment and decided to decorate each room with a theme.
She didn’t go overboard like they do on those home makeover TV shows but all of the rooms have accents that highlight the theme.
In her kitchen the theme is cupcakes. Since it’s an apartment she didn’t want to do a lot of painting so the color of the kitchen is a generic white and the accents like cupcake cookie jars and hand towels make up a bulk of the theme for now.
While helping her shop for different ways to improve her kitchen appearance I’ve also become obsessed with cupcakes. In addition to trying all of the local cupcake bakeries and food trucks in the area we’ve even made gourmet style rum cupcakes from scratch which were delicious, although due to some frosting complications weren’t very pretty.
Since I was making her a blanket anyway, I took a quick break from it and using some of her yarn I worked one up for her. While I was working on it, her cat S’mores became excited about the yarn twisting between my fingers and I realized how fun it would be to stuff the cupcake with catnip and make it a cat toy! He really enjoyed it!
I plan on making a few more like it to match the blanket but I also want to make a few with some bead sprinkles or buttons. The pattern is super easy to follow and it doesn’t take long to finish, I really recommend it.
A few weeks ago, my mom and I were going through a closet that is essentially contained hoarding. There’s a lot of junk and garbage plus, a few things that we may use again, but likely not. Then we came across a vintage plastic bag with a nearly completed crochet blanket inside that had been started by my Grandma Christine.
I was more or less a year old when my paternal grandma died. All I really know of her I’ve learned from pictures and stories. I also know that we share many features. In high school I remember my Grandpa saying how much I looked like her and how that made him miss her even more.
Since I have no memories of her of my own, finding this blanket was a gift. Looking at the blanket, the pattern was too complex to figure out without instructions. Luckily when I unfolded it, I saw that all it really needed was a border and some finishing touches. The bag also contained all the matching yarn I needed to complete the blanket.
It didn’t take long to single crochet a couple of simple rows all the way around for the border and I was thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on a project with my Grandma Christine so long after she was gone. I was also incredibly happy to have helped finish such a lovely blanket to give to my dad from his mom.
I love Ravelry.com, it’s a great place to find FREE knit and crochet patterns.
Today I decided to visit the site to add photos of my most recent projects when I noticed I had a message! I was asked if I would mind having a photo of one of my projects featured on a Ravelry patterns page and of course I said yes!
My photo is the one on the bottom left!
Crochet patterns and me rarely get along. I believe I can say that my Granny Stripe Blanket is my own pattern and now I think my latest project (pictures and details when I’m further along) is too because after the first row on both projects, I’ve TOTALLY made up the entire thing as I go along.
I did however just finish a small scarf for one of my guy friends following the pattern exactly so at least I’m not totally hopeless. He wanted a bright orange one to match his orange work vest. Luckily it’s October and Halloween colors are available!
In other news, I’m nearly giddy from the excitement FREE pens I got today! They’re Breast Cancer Awareness themed and since I love the color pink, pens and supporting a great cause they’re the BEST pens I own right now.
I really should properly document ALL of my crochet projects. It would probably be good to know for future reference how much something cost to make, how much yarn I needed and how long it took me to make.
Those were my first thoughts (aside from OMG I love my new blanket!) in the 30 minutes after I finished my granny stripe blanket. According to my last crochet post, I’d mentioned having started on a new blanket on June 22, 2011. Having not written down an actual date anywhere I’m going to use that as my starting point which is probably pretty close to accurate. UPDATE just checked my bank account and it seems I purchased the yarn on June 17 making the first Monday after that (June 20) day one of my Granny Stripe Blanket! ANYway, it took me 3 months to complete and took 21 balls of Sugar & Cream yarn in assorted colors. Now I know all the information I didn’t know above. Feel free to forget the parts where I didn’t know stuff…
One tip I would give if you’re interested in making a Granny Stripe Blanket is to be sure to leave long tails when you switch colors and to weave them into the blanket as you go. I probably wouldn’t have loved my blanket as much at the end if I had to go back and weave in a billion ends! It was also super-easy and would probably work up faster if I spent more time on it!
“Is that a blanket in the shape of Florida?”
When I chose the pattern, I wanted something that could be finished quickly so I purchased extra bulky yarn and used my biggest crochet hook. The drawback of all this is that now the blanket is SUPER heavy as far as blankets go. On the bright side, I’m pretty sure that this blanket would keep you warm in the middle of winter, outside, during a blizzard.
The blanket isn’t all that wide (oops, not quite sure why the instructions were built that way) but it’s enough to cover your lap or wrap over your shoulders. It took about 12 skeins of yarn and at the price I got them; it’s my most expensive project to date! That’s mostly why it took so long to complete. There were a couple of weeks there where I was out of yarn but couldn’t quite budget it in.
I’m very excited about it and already I’m working on another blanket. Hopefully the new one will cost significantly less and be less heavy. It’s nice to have options!
I have to be thrifty in the coming weeks because my budget is all out of whack and I have to make a month’s pay last just a tad longer. SO instead of running out and buying all new yarn for a new and exciting crochet project I’ve decided to see what I can do with my stash yarn.
Last year, I’d found a book on Granny Squares at a library book sale. I’d never quite been able to get the hang of Granny Squares before and I’d hoped that the book would help. With my stash yarn, I found instructions for a basic Granny Square and FAIL. I could not get it right. Everything would go smoothly and then suddenly the first round looked like it was missing a double crochet. Finally I gave up and asked Christy to help me try and figure it out. Luckily she’s been working on a project with similar rounds and TAADAA my double crochet magically appeared!
Anyway, I couldn’t imagine creating a bunch of Granny Squares without a purpose, so I tracked down a pattern I’d found weeks ago. I’m not really a crocheted purse kind of person, so I as going back and forth on whether I really wanted to build one or not. Since I was already building Granny Squares, I decided to go for it.
This piece was fairly easy to create. I had a little trouble figuring out how to assemble it, but after a little bit of thought I was able to pull it together nicely. The strap was of my own design and attached very easily. I used Red Heart Sport weight yarn, but it’s fairly floppy. I just might create another one with a stiffer yarn later.
I still have no idea if I’ll ever use it… Anyone want a new purse?
I wanted to make a baby blanket because its small size would be easier to carry around while working on it. The problem was that I didn’t have a baby to give it to and I wasn’t sure what I would do with something that small in size. Then it struck me, I DID have a baby in my family! My cousin Audrey (who I haven’t seen since she was physically unable to have a baby) recently gave birth to her son Wyatt. As if it was meant to be, I happened to have two shades of blue stash yarn and immediately went to work.
The first pattern I tried was great. The instructions were easy to follow and it was starting to work up nicely but VERY slowly. Here it is when I started:
It was a single crochet stitch and was taking forever, plus the instructions only wanted me to crochet in the back of the stitch so the blanket was taking on a texture that was less than soft. At the same time I was making similar blanket with different instructions which was faster and much easier. I had to slightly modify the pattern but I think it turned out quite lovely! I can’t wait to send it to Audrey!