Hi! Welcome to my brand spanking new blog. I’ll be posting about craft projects that I’m currently working on or have completed. Right now my main crafting passion is crochet, but I also knit, draw, and paint ceramics. I’m interested in thousands of other craft techniques so you never know what else I may pick up. Stay tuned!
I received Red Heart yarn in Flame, Glow Worm, and Dayglow for a Christmas present from my cousin’s best friend. She tells me that her 3 year-old nephew helped her pick out the colors. He did a great job! While not colors I would have picked out for my self I think the blanket turned out wonderfully. The pattern is called Primrose Lane Throw and can be found on the Red Heart web site. I started this project on Dec. 26, 2015 and finished today Jan. 25, 2016.
I finally finished this blanket today. Apologies for not making sure it was smoothed out before photographing it. I did turn after each round, which may be obvious to some experienced crocheters, as it tends to lay flatter. I think I’ll donate this blanket to Warm Up Medina County.
A man once asked me to make a Cleveland Browns afghan. I found a picture to print and make a graph afghan. I made notes because I wanted to enlarge the pattern so it would fit a queen-size bed. Got 15 or so rows into it and the man exited my life. Well, then I decided to make it anyway and gift it to my cousin. The only problem being I lost interest in the project. I set it aside for awhile and instead worked on a bunch of baby hats, booties, and the Sunflower Throw. I decided to pick it up again but I lost the graph with my notes. So this is Plan B:
Renaning it Pumpkin-Gingerbread Trifle Granny Blanket.
Years ago, and pre-stroke, I crocheted a filet doily of my last name. I finally saved up enough money to have it framed. I’m sure it’ll look amazing hanging on the wall above my bed, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture and showing it off now! It has a burgundy suede mat and cherry wood frame.
Yesterday I completed the Sunflower Throw. It’s a free pattern found on the Red Heart site. I started the project on August 1st and finished it yesterday, October 18. It took me a lot longer than usual (my average is a month for adult afghans), but then again, I didn’t work on it steadily. The pattern was fairly easy but for some reason I didn’t understand the directions for the 3 strips. I finally just decided to do what my instincts were saying. Seemed to work! I ripped out stitches more times than I care to admit but that’s nothing new to a crocheter. Decided to use the join-as-you-go method and love it. Yay for new techniques!
I am trying to go back and re-create the pattern I made years ago for the Flower Tape Measure Cozy. I got a couple requests for the pattern but I didn’t write anything down. Better late than never! As soon as I get to the store to buy some green yarn and a tape measure I will post the pattern in its entirety. In the meantime, enjoy making the rose!
Materials: Sportweight or Baby Yarn; F/5 – 3.75 mm crochet hook
Chain 6; join with sl st to form a ringIrish Rose.
Rnd 1: Chain 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), *dc, ch 2** rep from * to ** 6 times. Join with sl st in top ch 3. (8 dc, 16 ch made)
Rnd 2: In next ch 2 sp, *sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc** rep in ea ch 2 around. (8 petals made)
Rnd 3: Working behind the sts in Rnd 2, *sc in base of sc, ch 5.** rep around. Join with sl st. (8 ch 5 “loops” made.
Rnd 4: In next ch 5, *sc, hdc, 2 dc, hdc, sc** rep in ea ch 5 “loop” around. Join with slip st in sc. Bind off and weave in tail. (8 petals made)
It’s been a long time since I posted anything but I’m still around. I was trying to use up leftover yarn from the cowl I’d previously knooked and came up with this hat:
I was using the Ridge Hat with Brim free pattern on Ravelry but, of course, I ran out of yarn. I briefly considered buying the necessary yarn to complete it, but that would defeat the stash busting attempt, and I’d probably end up with more yarn I need projects for. A vicious circle right there!