Purple Corner Granny

The store admin at the store I work in is leaving us soon – her husband was transferred to Texas (he’s already there) and she’s moving as soon as their house sells.

She’s such a nice person, and that job is probably the hardest job in the store, so I wanted to make her something as a thank you for all she does for us.  I not-at-all-subtley asked for her favorite color, then told her to nevermind why when she asked why I was asking, lol.

I knew I wanted to make a throw, but it needed to be something easy that could be worked up quick.  After searching Ravelry I settled on this pattern from Lion Brand yarn.  A simple granny blanket, with a twist.  The pattern calls for Vanna’s Choice, but I used Red Heart because of both the color selection and the amount of yarn you get per skein.

I used Pale Plum, Lavender, Medium Purple, and Dark Orchid.

Ta-da!  43 inches square of soft, cuddly blanket!

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Little Box of Crochet

I know I’m super late to this party, but I got my first LBoC box just before Christmas, and I’m so thrilled with everything inside it I just wanted to share!

For those who don’t know, Little Box of Crochet is a UK-based subscription box company.  Every month they send you a little box of crochet which has a pattern and everything you need to complete the project, plus a few extra goodies.

Since I signed up on one of the last days of November, and (at the time) they ship out based on your subscription date, I received the November box a few days before Christmas.

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There’s two patterns in the little booklet – one for a fall wreath and one for a brooch.  Since I’m not really a ‘brooch person’ I’ll probably make that into another hanging decoration.  I love how they literally send you everything you’ll need – including a darning needle!

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They included this cute hook in the proper size for the pattern and yarn, a wire hoop for the base of the wreath, a pin back for the brooch, and a darning needle.

I also LOVE that ‘Hey Hey Let’s Crochet’ sticker.  I want that on a pin!

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Love these colors!  This is Petra 3 by DMC, and it’s a lot thinner than the yarn I’m used to working with but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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Look at this adorable stitch marker!

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Green velvet ribbon to hang the wreath and make a bow for the brooch.

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And this cute little card, from Posy & Petal, which I’m planning on sending on to an internet friend who’s going through a rough patch right now.  Hopefully it’ll bring a bit of cheer.

I’m really looking forward to digging into this box and making these patterns, though I can’t say for sure when that’s going to be.

Ikea hack

A couple of years ago my dad built some bookcases for me, and because the ceilings in the new(ish, now) house are 9 feet high he built the bookcases 8 feet tall.  Great!  More room for books!

Except, even though I’m 5foot 8inches I still needed help getting to the top shelves.  So I picked up a Bekvam stepstool from Ikea.  I knew I wanted to do something to it, I didn’t want to just leave it plain, but it took me a while to figure out what to do.

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Finally, this year I had a plan.  And, unsurprisingly, that idea involved crochet.

First, I stained the stool using a water-based wood stain in a white wash color.  Only two coats though, because I wanted the grain to show through.  When that was done I crocheted some ‘socks’ using Bernat Super Value from my stash in the Pizazz colorway.  Which, by the way, I could not find ANYWHERE when the skein ran out on me.  I didn’t have a full skein to start with, as I’d used it for another project.  So instead of covering all eight leg sections (four on the floor and four above the first step) I was only able to do four.

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I decided to stagger them, because why not.  I really like the way it looks; I’m not sure I would have liked all the leg parts covered.  This way there’s just enough color.  I crocheted each sock flat, and then sewed them on.

 

Evergreen blanket

A while ago when I organized my stash, I discovered that I had a TON of Caron Perfect Match in Evergreen.  I want to say it was something like seven skeins and balls of yarn, but I didn’t count.  I should have.

I don’t remember buying it, so it must have been given to me by someone cleaning out their own stash.  Years ago my mom (who also crochets) received a few bags of yarn from a co-worker, and I’m pretty sure the Caron came from that.

Over the summer I was looking for a simple project I could work on while marathoning season one of Supernatural, and remembered all that green yarn upstairs in the attic.  DING DING DING.  I wanted something easy that I didn’t really have to concentrate on, something mindless that I didn’t have to think about.

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Back-loop only double-crochet to the rescue!

I didn’t have a set size I was working towards, I was just crocheting until the yarn ran out.  I didn’t even make of note of what my beginning chain was.  Oops!  Oh, well.  It ended up being 47 inches wide and 50 inches long.  Not a bad size at all.

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I don’t really need another blanket – not that that’s ever stopped any of us before! – so from the beginning I was planning on donating this blanket somewhere.  Hopefully somewhere local, to someone or someplace that could really use it.

I finished the blanket at the end of September but before I could really figure out a place to donate it, Hurricane Matthew moved along the coasts of the Carolinas.  A woman I work with started collecting items for the flood victims, and that seemed like the perfect place for this blanket.  I live and work closer to the mountains in North Carolina than the coast, but I’d been on the Outer Banks – for the first time – just days before the hurricane.

Hopefully this blanket will bring some small comfort to someone who needs it.

Car seat blanket

Three months since my last post – yikes!  A lot has happened in those three months, though, so I will hopefully have more posts up soon.  I just need to buckle down and DO IT.

Anyway.

Over the summer my sister paid me to make a baby blanket for my niece’s dance teacher.  I offered my sister a few patterns to choose from, she picked one and bought the yarn and paid me for labor.  Yay, money!

I used the Easy Car Seat Blanket pattern by Tw-In Stitches, which has a nifty opening for the buckle part of the car seat so the blanket doesn’t slide off.  I did have to make some changes and adjustments because I was using regular yarn instead of baby yarn, but since the pattern is easy it wasn’t that hard to change things.

Ta-da!

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I used Red Heart yarn in Monet and Pale Yellow.  For the ruffley border I did a single-crochet base in Monet, and then triple-crocheted around.  I can’t remember if I did 2 TC in each SC, or 2 TC and then 1 TC, and I didn’t make note of it in Ravelry or my crochet journal.  Damn.

Because the top (above the buckle opening) was only slightly longer than the part below the opening, I added a single-crochet row of Monet so that Mom would be able to easily tell the ends apart.

Flower Crown

I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last update.  Oops?  I’d apologize, but I’m sure it will happen again.  I’m really bad about recognizing the passage of time.  Like, how much time has passed since such-and-such happened.  Oh, has it been a week since our first date after which I said I’d call you and now you don’t want to talk to me or go out again? <–actual thing that happened.

Anyway.  Flower Crown.

There’s a comic book convention in Charlotte, NC every year called Heroes Con, and this year was my third year attending.  It’s always fun and entertaining, and I always end up spending more than I planned and bringing home more books than I really have room for.

This year, for some reason, literally a week before the con I got it into my head that I wanted to make a flower crown to wear.  I wasn’t cosplaying, I just… wanted to wear a flower crown.  I’m a little old to pull off a flower crown in my everyday life, but at Heroes Con I could totally get away with it.

After poking around on Pinterest and Ravelry, I decided to use Lucy of Attic24’s pattern for May Roses.  It was simple and easy and worked perfectly with the yarn I’d chosen.

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I’d picked up this pack of Bonbons on clearance at Michael’s without any idea what to use it for.  Turned out it was perfect for this project!  The size of the yarn meant that the flowers wouldn’t be too big.  I didn’t want a huge, over-the-top flower crown, just something small and simple.

I made a flower in each color except white, and the leaves in the green.  They worked up super quick and easy. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to attach them, or what I was going to attach them to, but ultimately decided to go with a tie-on headband type thing.

I grabbed some leftover Red Heart from my stash (TLC Essentials in Light Celery, to be exact) and crocheted enough chains to fit my head with length left to tie.  Then I noted the middle, laid out where I wanted the flowers and leaves to go and put stitch markers at either end of that.  I slipstitched into the chain until I got to the first stitch marker, then single crocheted across the to the next stitch marker so I would have a good base to sew the flowers to, and slipstitched into the rest of the chain.

Ta-da!

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I worked on this the entire week leading up to the con, and was sewing the last of the flowers on the night before.  I love how it turned out!

I even got Cody to model it for me:

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She rolled over and tried to eat it two seconds after I took the picture, but she looked cute before that.

I’ve never made anything like this before, so I’m really proud of how it turned out.  And I got quite a few compliments on it, too.

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I have no idea what I’m going to do with it now, though, lol.

 

Ivy blanket

I recently made a blanket for a co-worker’s new baby girl.  Luckily, I already had some baby yarn in my stash from a commission last year.  It was even the right colors!

You might remember how, after organizing and seeing exactly how much yarn I actually had, I resolved to only used stashed yarn for any new projects.  I didn’t have a lot of baby yarn, but I had enough to get a decent sized blanket.  It came out a bit of an odd size, because I only used what I had, nothing more, but I think it’s still a good size for a baby blanket.

36 inches wide, by 26 inches long/tall.  Big enough to wrap a baby in, and that’s all that matters.

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I used Bernat Softee Baby in Pink, Mint, and White, and an H hook.

I totally winged the pattern, because I didn’t know exactly how much yarn I had, and didn’t want a pattern that would eat it up.  So I was just going to do double crochets with blocks of color, but then I remembered a stitch pattern that I’d used in a previous project.  I wasn’t sure if it would work without redoing the whole thing, but it totally worked!  Yay!

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I was going to make both colored sections the same, but decided to switch them up a little bit.

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I wrote the pattern down, so if there’s interest I’ll share it.  It probably needs to be tested before I release it into the wild, though.  It’s an easy enough pattern to make longer.  It only came out the size it did because that was literally all the yarn I had.  If I’d more yarn it would have been a bit bigger.

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