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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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.

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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Yoga Mat bag

My niece recently started a kids yoga class, and my sister asked if I could make a bag for her yoga mat.  I’d already made one for myself, so I already had a pattern, so of course I said yes.

The pattern I used is one that I designed myself.  When I made my yoga mat bag, I could see in my head how I wanted it to look, but couldn’t find a pattern to match.  And none of the patterns that I did find really ‘spoke’ to me.  So I decided to try my hand at designing  my own.  Through a lot of trial and error, and frogging and restarting, I ended up with this!

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I’m really proud of the drawstring top:

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So when my sister asked me to make E a bag, I only had to dig out my mostly-written-down pattern and get to work.  I used cotton yarn that I already had on hand (more stashbusting!), and an H hook, and finished it in four days.  I think that might be a personal record, lol!

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I used Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in blues and white, and used up all of the blue I had.  Hooray!  Less yarn in the stash, lol!  My sis and niece love it, and it fits her mat – which is a bit thicker than mine, pictured – perfectly.

E’s car blanket

When my niece was born four years ago, I made a little car seat blankie for her.  It was 19×24 inches, and I used the two-color wave stitch from the Crochet Stitch Bible.

 

As she moved from an infant carrier to a car seat, she used it as a lap blanket in the car.  Well, last month she finally outgrew it.  My sister told me that E’s feet were sticking out the bottom of it, and asked me to make her a new one.  Of course I’m going to say yes!

E picked out the colors – blues, of course – and I got to work.

I tried to use the same pattern, but for some reason I just couldn’t get it to work.  After TWO DAYS of fiddling around with it and getting frustrated, I said fuck it and picked a whole new pattern.  I chose the Ribbon Afghan pattern by Olivia Rainsford.

It’s an easy pattern, and looks great with multiple colors of yarn.  It’s a great stash-buster pattern!

I tend to chain tightly, so I always make my chains with the next hook size up from the hook I’m actually going to use.  So for this project I chained 150+2 with an I hook, and then switched to an H hook for rest of the blanket.

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It came out 23×41 inches.  Long enough that she’ll hopefully be able to use it for quite a few years.

For the yarn, I used Impeccable Loops & Threads in Clear Blue and White, and Red Heart SS in Royal and Turqua.

Here’s a picture where you can better see the difference in color between the Clear Blue and the Turqua:

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Dixie deemed it warm enough for the small human.

I made the mistake of showing it to E before it was done, because I wanted to make sure it was going to be long enough.  After that, she kept asking when she was going to get her new blanket, and telling my sister that they needed to see me because E needed her new blanket, lol.  She was very happy and excited when I finished it and gave it to her.