Birthday Granny Ponchos

I found this great chart

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on pinterest a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here on WordPress http://lemondedesucrette.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/about-ponchos-and-pattern-d/
I have since made 2 ponchos as birthday presents for my daughter’s friends. It works up very quickly and you can adjust it to any size. I even made a matching doll poncho for one of the little girls (seen in the first picture below).

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I added this crochet pom-pom trim to the second one. I found the pattern for that on Moogly (another great blog site that offers lots of free patterns).

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Here’s a link to the pom-pom border http://onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pom-pom-edge.html?m=1

I am sure that I will be making more of these. They worked up quickly and turned out beautifully!

Birthday Granny Ponchos

I found this great chart

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on pinterest a couple of weeks ago. You can find it here on WordPress http://lemondedesucrette.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/about-ponchos-and-pattern-d/
I have since made 2 ponchos as birthday presents for my daughter’s friends. It works up very quickly and you can adjust it to any size. I even made a matching doll poncho for one of the little girls (seen in the first picture below).

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I added this crochet pom-pom trim to the second one. I found the pattern for that on Moogly (another great blog site that offers lots of free patterns).

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Here’s a link to the pom-pom border http://onceuponapinkmoon.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/pom-pom-edge.html?m=1

I am sure that I will be making more of these. They worked up quickly and turned out beautifully!

“Finger Knitting” to a Granny Shawl

School started again this year for us here in North Carolina. We welcomed a new group of nervous and excited 1st graders 2 weeks ago. The school where I work is a nature based school and we integrate so much more into our days! One of the new skills that many children enjoy learning is “finger knitting” (which is actually just crocheting without a hook). It’s such wonderful fine motor work and the kids are so excited when they create necklaces and bracelets. My daughter is a 2nd grader at the school and has been enjoying this activity for a while now.
The other night, she asked to learn how to crochet with a hook! It probably wasn’t a great idea to start right before bedtime, but I managed to patiently teach her to do a few chain stitches with guidance. Before I knew it, she was stitching along on her own. Since Friday night she has chained several long strands and has fastened them to doors and chairs and across rooms. It’s like a limbo arena in our house right now, but for the love of crochet, I am allowing it :)

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This strand goes from the stairs to the front door :)
As for me, I’m still creating as well. This was a custom order for one of our new students. I just love the colors!

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I used I Love This Yarn in “Secrets” for the main body of this shawl and “Razzleberry Sparkle” for the trim.

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Cancer Awareness Afghan

Toward the end of this past school year, my friend posted one of the most heartbreaking status updates that I have read to date. Her son (my son’s very first friend that he met when he was almost 8 months old), had just been diagnosed with cancer.
They began a fb page called “Prayers for Elijah” to share his story and his journey while building a community of people who are willing to send positive energy and prayers his way. Please look it up to follow along with his story.
During this time, I found a free pattern for a “Cancer Ribbon Afghan”. I used the basic block pattern which can be found here http://www.crochetcabana.com/chatity/charity-patterns.htm
However, I chose to join my squares using the zigzag stitch (my preferred method when making granny square blankets as well) and then I added a “granny” border.

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Here you can see a close up of the zigzag connecting stitch as well as the beginning of the border. I used yellow and white. Yellow is for sarcoma which is the type of cancer that Elijah has.
And here is the finished afghan…made with love and prayers for complete healing for Elijah.

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“Appreciating a Well Written Pattern” the conclusion

As it turns out, I finally got the hang of this patten in the repeat of the final 3 rows. Unfortunately, we were in the car on our way to the beach when I ran out of yarn…the bright side, you ask? It fit my daughter perfectly and she has been wearing it to all the restaurants that we’ve been going to :)

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Granny Wedding Present Afghan

This spring, one of my college roommates got married and proceeded to take a 40 day hike /honeymoon across beautiful Spain! This gave me plenty of time to start and finish this granny square Afghan. I mailed it and it arrived at their home the week of their return :) Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye to projects that have taken so much of your time, but this one was sent off with love!

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Appreciating a Well Written Pattern

I found a lovely free pattern for a lacy shawl the other day. It looked so beautiful in the picture that I picked up my yarn and started right on it. Here’s the thing, yes, it is turning out beautifully, but between the yarn that I’m using that gets tangled and breaks apart when I unravel it, and the pattern that is not super well written, this is starting to become more tedious than pleasurable.
Perspective and contrast. I am now even more thankful to those who write clear and easy to follow patterns! Well worth the money that they charge! :)

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Hands Free Wine

A friend of mine posted this picture on fb about a week ago.

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It made me laugh out loud when I saw it because honestly, that doesn’t look too safe. Thankfully this woman is drinking white wine, but what about those of us who enjoy a glass of red from time to time? Anyway, this old college friend of mine posted it and hinted that it would be a great birthday present.
Completely as a gag gift (because I still highly doubt that anyone would use it!), this is what I came up with :)

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Challenge accepted and completed in about 20 minutes! I used our university colors but as I was crocheting the middle stripes, I had to laugh out loud (again! Yes, there was a lot of giggling during the making of this gift) . Now that I have a son that has gone through a Pokémon phase, I couldn’t get over the fact that if my friend does in fact use this little beauty, some might take her as a huge Pokémon fan ;)…which actually makes this gift even better!
To make it was truly simple. All you need are ch and hdc for the whole thing. If I make another, I’ll be sure to write the pattern to share with you :)
-Maria

Heirloom Baby Blankets

I have always loved the lacy look of baptismal/christening or heirloom blankets. My grandmother used to make blankets like this but I had never attempted one before.
I recently purchased a Leisure Arts crochet pattern book of “Keepsake Baby Afghans”. The designs are by Kay Meadows and they are beautiful!
Here is a picture of my first completed blanket from this book.

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I will admit that I made a couple of mistakes in the edging, but now that I know better, I think it will be much easier next time.
Do any of you have a favorite keepsake Afghan pattern?

Heirloom Baby Blankets

I have always loved the lacy look of baptismal/christening or heirloom blankets. My grandmother used to make blankets like this but I had never attempted one before.
I recently purchased a Leisure Arts crochet pattern book of “Keepsake Baby Afghans”. The designs are by Kay Meadows and they are beautiful!
Here is a picture of my first completed blanket from this book.

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I will admit that I made a couple of mistakes in the edging, but now that I know better, I think it will be much easier next time.
Do any of you have a favorite keepsake Afghan pattern?

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