Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Weekly Dose of Crafts!

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Last Wednesday started off with a very exciting request! Holly asked me to make her a baby blanket for her little boy that is on his way! So I jumped at the chance to make a baby blanket and decided to try a giant granny square because that's something on my long list of things I wanted to try! And since it's a just a giant granny square there really is no need for a pattern so I winged it! Besides a bit of curving I attempted to fix with blocking (to little success I think) it came out wonderfully!

Here is the yarn I used: 

Vanna’s Choice:
Beige
Dusty Blue
Taupe
Pea Green

Vanna’s Baby:
Sweet Pea


Last week I also received my first online yarn order in the mail! I ordered from Fabric.com and over $35 you get free shipping (which is also fast shipping! they processed my order in 2 days and delivered it in the same week via UPS Ground!) What I ordered was mostly more of that Comfort DK I've been collecting over the past few weeks to get some more of the colors I haven't been able to find locally.


This is what I have so far, I'm trying to get my hands on a few more colors before I start. It is going to be another granny square blanket, see that little granny there? With hopefully a light color in the middle and a darker version of the same color around that with all the squares ending in black, this is the pattern I'm going to use. So this project isn't starting just yet, but I gotta get prepared haha!


Cause I don't have enough stuff in the works I started a scarf. No but really when you are working on blankets it's nice to have a little something else to work on from time to time. But this pattern is going to take me FOREVER! It's really pretty but seriously FOREVER. Here's the pattern I'm following for this cute scarf. And the yarn I'm using is Plymouth Yarn Dream Baby DK 0135, a little BRIGHT but oh well!


Earlier this week I became obsessed with using up some of my bulky yarn that I had purchased after I learned to knit. With the help of some twitter pals I was introduced to this cowl pattern, that not only easily sucked up my two skeins of this purple (Hometown USA Portland Wine) but required one more skein lol! Bye bye yarn! I did have to almost start over several times though, because it got twisted part way through and we just can't have that! It uses a giant crochet hook a size 15 or 16mm that luckily I had and after working with that any other hook feels like a twig in your hand!


Then I decided to use up some of my red bulky yarn (Hometown USA Cincinnati Red) to make this cute ear flap hat with this pattern. I overcompensated for my fat head (which usually is too big for hats I've made in the past) added a few extra increases and whoops it ended up a little too big, so much for trying! I also decided to make the tassels a little shorter as well.


Any finally, yesterday I got back to my ripple blanket after putting it aside for the baby blanket, I got through all my chosen colors (had maybe 4 left to do) and started back at the beginning, this is going to be so cute when it's done!

Happy Crafting!

33 comments:

  1. Great job! I haven't made a baby blanket in so long. They are so fun to do.

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  2. I love the ripple blanket! So pretty. Where did you find the pattern for it? I am hoping to learn to knit this winter. :)

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  3. Hi Chrystal!

    The pattern came from this wonderful site: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html

    Also this is crochet. :)

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  4. DANG, and I thought I had a lot going on.. lol..
    Your stuff is beautiful! I absolutely love the baby blanket that you did. And the ripple blanket. And the hat, and the shawl.. Okay, I love it all.. =)

    I have noticed lately that I am starting a lot of new projects before I finish the one I am working on. I am almost done with the baby blanket I have been working on for 3 weeks now, that thing feels like it's never going to get done.. lol..

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog! =)

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  5. Thanks to you, my nephew has a super cute blanket to come home to. Super job Alea!

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  6. Wow! You've been busy!! I bow down to your amazingness. Love the colors in that baby blanket and the scarf you are making is so very pretty! I might have to try that one myself at some point.

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  7. Everything is turning out perfect! I love the color variant in the ripple blanket! It's so eye catching.

    The cowl looks great! Are you happy with it? The color is so pretty and vibrant too!

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  8. Chrisbookarama- Yes! I'm going to have to find more babies that are in need of blankets! ;)

    Trisha- It probably looks like I'm crocheting 24/7 but I swear I'm not haha! I totally know what you mean, it's kind of awesome when you finally finish something isn't it!

    Ashley- Thank you Ashley :D

    Irish- Thank you!!

    Tami- Yes I'm happy with the cowl, it is sort of HUGE though, when it gets cold out I guess I'll see how it works haha!

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  9. What is the pattern called you used on the blanket that's under the new yarn you received? I love it! All these crafting pictures you have put up recently have got me all crochet happy again.

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  10. Zia- Yay! Do you mean the pink thing? That's actually a scarf and you can see the pattern here: http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/step-by-step-broomstick-l.html

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  11. Ooh, that looks like an entirely different way to make broomstick lace, but I think I can grasp this better! Your scarf is looking good!

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  12. No the blanket actually. It's the one you've been posting up on the site the last week or so. Patterns don't do much for me, I have to see it being done to learn it, but if i know the stitch pattern, I'm sure I can find a video on you tube to show me.

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  13. Wordlily- Yeah the person that made the tutorial said something about this being an easy way for her to do it or something!

    Zia- It's a ripple or wave or chevron I think they call it!

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  14. It all looks so good! Your house must be full of yarn and books!

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  15. Not the ripple but the blanket in picture #4 in the post.

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  16. Zia- OMG I'm sorry you meant literally under the yarn ha! I was reading it as the picture under it lol! That is the what is called the Granny Stripe!

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  17. LOL thank you. Is the stitching also called that as well?

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  18. Zia- Yup, basically it's what you make granny squares out of but in a straight line, i know you said patterns don't really help but here is where I learned to do it anyways! http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/granny-stripe.html

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  19. Beautiful as usual! You amaze me :D

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  20. Thanks much! I'm almost done with a blanket I started for my son, so I want to try something new for the next one.

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  21. I love the ripple blanket! The arrangement of colours looks so pretty.

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  22. Bermudaonion- Trying to keep the yarn under control & use what I have but I have my moments!

    Lu- Thank you!

    La Coccinelle- Thank you! After doing the granny stripe random I really wanted to have an order this time!

    Zia- What type of blanket are you finishing, like what stitch? I'm always interested in seeing new blankets!

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  23. Oh I love all your blankets. The ripple blanket is the best. Love the colors you've used.

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  24. My little man is going to love his blanket! I will be sure to put pictures up of him snuggling with it!

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  25. Oh just a basic one with single and double stitches in it. I have very little knowledge of crocheting really lol

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  26. It looks like a Jayne hat from Firefly. Very cute!

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  27. Ahhh!! I love the cowl! I've been wanting to make one for a while now. How long did it take you to make that one?

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  28. Vinita- Thank you, I'm rather happy with the colors too!

    Holly- I cannot wait!!

    Sarah- Thanks! If I had more colors I think I would have gone for some stripes!

    Suravi- I would have finished it in a matter of a few hours one night except I ran out of yarn!

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  29. Wowza! I thought I had a lot going on. I love the giant granny square blanket and the ripple blanket too. And I love the photo of all the yarn colors together.

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  30. My grandmother loved to do broomstick lace. She had a really fat plastic hook she used for the broomstick part.

    Love the colors in your ripple.

    When I was nine I made one large granny square afghan for my step-father's king size waterbed. I think the last rows took one or two skeins each.

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  31. I love the baby blanket and the ripple is amazing looking!

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  32. WOW! you have been busy!

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  33. Goodness girl! You're on fire with the crafts right now. These all look fabulous!

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