Wrapped in Warmth

I don’t often buy patterns, but when I saw this, I knew that it was one that I would use over and over. And I have! I am now making my 3rd shawl with this pattern and altering it a bit so that it will use less yarn. I will post pictures of that one soon (I hope). This was the first “Wrapped in Warmth” shawl by ELK Studio (found on ravelry) that I made. I used Isaac Mizrahi yarn and a 5mm hook.
These are pictures done by my  photographer friend. Just goes to show how important a good picture is to marketing your items! Thank you Christina from http://www.beeskneesphotographync.com for the wonderful photos! Please go check out her beautiful nature photography as well.

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/239568980/golden-threads-crochet-bridal-shawl

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Creative Outlet in Zentangles

My name is Maria Hartemann and I have become a pattern addict. I admit it. I used to be so creative before I learned to read patterns. When I was in elementary school, I used to crochet outfits for my cabbage patch doll. Honestly, I didn’t even know how to read a pattern until about a decade ago when a friend asked me for help. Hats are about the only thing that I still improvise and get creative with.
But last fall I saw a picture that my cousin posted of some beautiful drawings she had done using sharpie markers. They were amazing and inspiring! She used colored sharpies and called the drawings “Zentangles”.
I began experimenting. My daughter loves squirrels (as you can tell from this picture).

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For Christmas, I ended up drawing, matting, and framing a different Zentangle for each of my children and my husband. They loved them! And I loved my new creative outlet.
Here’s a picture of my first Zentangle. The original is now hanging on my daughter’s wall.

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I have since done many more! A fox for my son, the Tottenham Hotspur logo for my husband, a buffalo, gorilla, cat, owl, 35mm camera, butterfly, dragonfly, salamander, elephant, and a cactus🌵 for a friend that was moving back to Arizona. I’m sure there are a couple that I’m forgetting…
I have given most of the originals away, but scanned them all and have added notecards to my etsy shop and have made iron on t-shirts for kids.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/228075335/original-art-buffalo-zentangle-4×6

I absolutely love drawing them! Have any of you tried them? If so, what are your favorite things to Zentangle? I love drawing the animals but have since seen some beautiful free flow designs.

Solution to the “Now What?!” Post

So I will admit that I tried cream and I tried white (as was suggested in one of my crochet groups), but neither looked quite right.
I headed to the store and after about 30 minutes in the yarn aisles, these were the colors that I settled on. When I bought them, I wasn’t sure if I would use one color or both, but in the end this is what I settled on.
It’s growing on me and I think that it will be a hit!

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Now What?!

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This is the 2nd “Wrapped in Warmth” shawl by ELK Studio that I have made…well almost. I ran out of yarn (and it was given to me without the wrap, so I don’t know how easy it would be to run out and find more) with 3 more rows AND the edging left to do. So now what? Any suggestions???
Here is the one that I actually completed so that you can see what all is left.

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This amazing pattern can be found here on Ravelry
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wrapped-in-warmth

Redheart Dishcloths Bouquet

I currently have 4 different projects on hooks. It’s a problem really. This is why I normally enjoy quick little things like hats and scarves! But I currently am making a really great set of curtains for the French doors to my office/Zen den, a granny stitch Poncho (that I don’t think I’ll have enough yarn to finish), a beautiful shawl that I hope to have pictures of soon, and a half finished baby blanket that I decided looked too “masculine” for a baby gift that was for somebody that wasn’t finding out.

I know that my mom does this with her knitting projects too, but I’m hoping that is not just us! Are there any other ADD crafters out there? A show of hands would be great because I don’t like feeling alone in this.

The good news is that in the midst of all these, I sometimes find some great diversions on the crochet sites that I follow on Facebook.

Here are some quick and easy dishcloths from the Redheart website that I whipped up in no time at all. They call for using COATS Creme de la Creme yarn, but all I had available was Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn which I thought was pretty close. It must not have been though. I ended up skipping the last 2 rows in the pattern and adding a similar shell edging of my own. I think the result turned out pretty similar to the original pattern…just smaller.

Here are mine.

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You can find the real pattern here

http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/dishcloths-bouquet

Hope you enjoy!

Maria

 

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!