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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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.

 

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.

 

Manager gifts

I had crocheted a nice blanket for one of the managers at work, then decided to make one for another manager, then when that was done decided to make a coffee mug cozy for the store admin.

Then I felt like I should make something for the rest of the managers, so I decided on a simple coffee sleeve pattern that I cold whip out quickly and used yarn from my stash.  Yay for de-stashing!

For the coffee sleeves I followed this pattern, which looks fancy but is really super simple.  I would suggest using stitch markers to mark the last stitch in each row, because it’s very easy to miss a stitch.

beverage sleevesI used this pattern for the mug cozy, which again was super simple and easy.  I did end up adding another row, because when I tested it on one of my mugs it only came up about halfway.  I also chained more for the loop so it would be easier to get over the button.  I would suggest not fastening off your loop chain until you’re sure that it’ll work for you.

mug cozyI also made quick info tags for them on my computer, with washing instructions.

I left them on everyone’s desk – wrapped of course – when I went to work yesterday, so I’m not sure how everyone liked them.  I’m working tonight, so I’m sure I’ll find out then.

Christmas crafting

As I was putting up Christmas decorations in my front room, I came across an old, cheap, plastic village set that my parents used to set up many many many years ago, and that I remember loving as a kid.  I decided to set it up under my little tree, but it needed a light strand.  The set is only 9 houses, and it was difficult to find a set of lights that small and on a white cord.  So I ended up getting a string of 20 lights and a ball of Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in white, and made them white.

I followed Moogly’s pattern for an ear bud cover, and used an E (3.5mm) hook.  It took me two days, because I started in the evening after work, but it could easily be finished in one day.

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I think this would be really cute done in different colors, or varigated yarn, if you’re the sort to decorate with fairy lights year-round.  The cord doesn’t get hot at all, and the lights don’t get too hot either, so I think it would pretty safe.  Obviously you wouldn’t want to leave them on and leave the house, just to be on the safe side, but other than that no worries.

I also got an idea from the Red Heart yarn blog, about easy Christmas ornaments to make with yarn.  I think it was in a ‘crafting with kids’ type of post, but I saw it on Facebook and was all, ‘Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that?!’

Take an empty ornament, the kind you can buy to fill, and stuff it full of yarn scraps.  It couldn’t be easier!  I save all my yarn scraps to use as stuffing in toys, so it was just a matter of pulling out the colors I wanted and stuffing them into the ornament.  I also used a pen to pack them down a bit.

ornamentSuper easy and super cute!  This is going on the tree at work.

 

 

Idiot Mittens

Today I finished a pair of mittens for my baby niece.  I’ve never made a clothing item before, but luckily I found a great FREE pattern that was easy to follow.  I did make a few changes, but nothing really significant.

Instead of fastening off after the last row of the cuff, I just chained one, turned the cuff on its side and started the first row of the hand.  I did 1 sc in the first stitch and the next stitch, then *2 sc in the following stitch, 1 sc in the next stitch*, repeating across and ending with 1 sc in each of the last 2 stitches, for a total of 27.

Then I measured my niece from wrist-to-wrist (or tried to, wiggly worm), attached the yarn to one mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, chained an appropriate amount, anchored the chain to the other mitten on the thumb side with a single crochet, single crocheted in the next stitch on the cuff, then single crocheted back across the chain (in the ‘spine’ on the back of the chain), and ended with a single crochet in the stitch next to the stitch I started my chain in.

Does that make sense?  I’m not sure I explained it that well, lol.

I used an F hook and Caron Perfect Match in Orange, which is a REALLY bright orange.  Like, safety-vest orange.  Traffic-cone orange.  They’ll definitely know which ones are E’s, is what I’m saying.  The funny thing is, is that I showed E two skeins of yarn (she’s 10 months, btw), the orange and Monet by Red Heart, and she immediately reached for the bright orange.  Sold!